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Wiley Boehnke: Wine-making Jack of All Trades

I expected Wiley Boehnke of Flatonia to be a skilled homemade winemaker, which he is. As such, I didn’t expect him to immediately hand me a business card, but he did. It read:  “Wiley Boehnke—Jack of All Trades and Master of Some” The…

Friends with Words, German Grandparents

My ancestors are Anglo-Saxon with some Viking of the Danish variety thrown in. The latter’s presence in my genome explains my propensity for third-degree sunburns and horned headgear as well my bent toward marauding. My genes made me a…

Junk Gypsies: Small Town. Big Dreams.

Junk Gypsies: Small Town. Big Dreams. Janie Sikes taught her daughters, Amie and Jolie, that population signs just designate city limits; they don’t dictate the size of dreams. “You don’t have to live in a big city to have a big dream,”…

Neltje Living Life Outside the Lines

Neltje, daughter of publishing magnate Nelson Doubleday, escaped from the gilded prison of New York City’s high society to a sprawling Wyoming ranch where she reimagined, restored and repurposed her life. “When I left New York, I was…

Shooting the Breeze: Ray Benson

Although Ray Benson and I have never met, we’ve covered “miles and miles of Texas” together. He and his band, Asleep at the Wheel, have provided the soundtrack for my roadway ramblings since the days I was a fledgling writer exploring the…

Wonder(ful) Women. Wisdom of the Ages.

WONDER(ful) WOMEN Wisdom of the Ages from Round Top, Texas Allow us to introduce you to three wonder women from the Round Top, Texas area. “I know God loves me, and I’m on this earth to do His work. This is my time and my…

Art, Antiques and a Victorian Lady

For almost 25 years, Tom Vining and Dent Beall have collected antiques and fine art. In 2015, they found a permanent home for their extensive collection—a tri-colored Victorian lady built in 1887 that is a work of art in her own right.…

Round Top Reaction to Rick Perry Nomination

Round Top Reaction to Rick Perry Nomination as Secretary of Energy Former Gov. Rick Perry has been nominated to serve as the Secretary of Energy by President-elect Donald Trump. Perry, a native of West Texas’ Paint Creek community, and…