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Shooting the Breeze with Totally Tikaa

I caught up with Totally Tikaa, as she's known on her blog and social media channels, while she was being driven to Waco to attend her Baylor freshman's first equestrian competition.  I follow her on Instagram and had noticed she was doing…

Arts for Rural Texas: Opening the Possibilities

Allyson Hoffmann doesn’t remember whether she was in the first or second grade when she took her first class sponsored by Arts for Rural Texas in Fayetteville (ARTS), but she does remember her first project. “We painted three mice. Each…

Round Top Festival Institute: No Ordinary Dream

Internationally acclaimed concert pianist James Dick asks: Why dream the ordinary? Master carpenter Larry Birkelbach maintains: The impossible just takes longer. Two men. Four hands. One goal: to build an inimitable institution that’s…

Shooting the Breeze: Bernard Mendoza

Bernard Mendoza in Round Top Bernard Mendoza’s move to Round Top was prompted by his first grandchild being born a Texan. At the time, he and his wife Marilyn Albert lived in California, having moved to America from London in 1980. They…

Gallery at Round Top: Colorful Community

While the walls at the Gallery at Round Top are a feast for the eyes, the gallery’s focal point is a plushly upholstered bench situated just to the right of the door. The bench is where Lucy, a King Charles Cavalier and Coton De Telear mix…

Sailing Around the World Despite Parkinson’s

Many people sail around the world in their fantasies. Lyn and Jim Foley actually did it in a 40-foot sailboat named Sanctuary. Taking on the sea in a small craft is a challenging dream under the best of circumstances. When Jim, who…

The Fine Art of Texas Made

A chunk of mesquite that refused to burn ignited Gerald Tobola’s creative fire. It became his first lamp base, setting his hands to making lamps, and later repousse’, an age-old metalworking technique. The lamp needed a shade. Although he…