Captain Sully: From a Sherman Airstrip to His Miracle Manhattan Landing
Most know the name “Sully” from that fateful day, January 15, 2009, when he piloted US Airways Flight 1549 through a historic water landing on Manhattan’s Hudson River after the aircraft encountered an unprecedented bird strike shortly after takeoff. Captain Sullenberger’s entire life had prepared him for such an event, although most commercial airline pilots never have to experience dual engine […]
Bonnie Hale, Lost Pet Specialist
Mowgli and Murphy It was mid-morning in August. I sat outside to enjoy my daily cup of coffee, but that particular morning I felt as though something was off. I looked around with my coffee in hand and realized that I could not find one of my cats, Mowgli, who usually enjoyed going outside. We lived in […]
Overcoming the Odds: A Story of Faith and Purpose
Joe Haynes leaned back in a well-worn chair at the KSTA radio station in the small west-central Texas town of Coleman. The studio is crowded with memorabilia: Coleman Bluecats rally gear, inspirational messages, and a large framed painting of Jesus walking on the water. “My whole life has been about overcoming odds,” said the beloved […]
Someplace Beautiful: The Story of A Texas Balladeer Turned Lone Star Legend
Wade Bowen’s music career has taken him everywhere. With tour dates in France, the U.K., and Germany, Wade has journeyed all across the world sharing his heart through country music. Yet, regardless of where he has roamed, one place is always in the back of his mind beckoning him home . . . his beloved […]
More Than The H-E-B Matriarch: Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt
Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt was Howard Edward Butt's wife, but also the name and face behind countless social causes benefiting Texas's children, mentally challenged, and underprivileged.
Texas Citrus Fiesta: the Legacy of Queen Citrianna
Travel down to South Texas and peel back a history more rich than the juicy citrus the region mass produces. The Rio Grande Valley is home to cities that are close in proximity yet differ in their beginnings, with culturally diverse populations waiting for someone to tell their authentic, homegrown, and antique origin stories. An […]
The Meanest Man in Texas? The Life of Convicted Murderer Clyde Thompson
Convicted of murder at as a teen, Clyde Thompson spent most of his life in prison. He earned the moniker "the meanest man in Texas," and lived up to it for a time, before finding salvation and the love of a good woman. Thompson served as a pastor for several years after his release.
Haunted Texas: Five Scary Spots to Visit – If You Dare
As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. That includes the legends and hauntings with which the state is filled, thanks to a long past peppered with tales that range from sweet-natured to downright scary. According to Amanda Eagleton, team founder of Haunted Texas Paranormal, it is exactly Texas’s deep, rich, and complex history that comes in to play with hauntings.
Many idioms and colorful expressions are often credited to the South, and Texas is no exception. However, many of these colloquialisms stem from much older parables, proverbs, history, literature, or simply the facts of everyday life. But, add a good ol' Texan accent, and each adage sounds more Southern than the next. Many of these phrases reference animals, not surprising as the South, and particularly Texas, is largely agricultural. If not native to the Lone Star State, learn these down-home phrases and let the fun begin.
Texas Writer Spotlight: Katherine Anne Porter
Resting 20 miles south of the City of Austin sits a three-roomed house in the quaint town of Kyle, Texas, where a small child and her five-membered family moved as the result of a tragic death. This now-motherless child, Katherine Anne Porter, filled her days in this home with dancing, singing, drawing, and playing piano, experimenting with finding her given talents.
We Have Liftoff: Hofheinz & the Building of Space City
Roy “the Judge” Hofheinz, former mayor of Houston and the man who built the Astrodome, was an extravagant, boisterous personality, a man whose life accomplishments matched perfectly his outsized character and quirky genius.
Blue Bell Creameries: A Century of Kruses
Though this company began by selling butter, it quickly evolved into the beloved Texas staple it is today. The Kruse family has helped Blue Bell deliver into stores and homes across the state for over a century, bringing homemade goodness to all. They have led the company through hardship and much success and Blue Bell continues to thrive in the Lone Star State.
Nolan Ryan: A Texas Legacy
Born in Refugio, Texas, in 1947 as the youngest of six children, Lynn Nolan Ryan was no stranger to hard work and hand-me-downs. At six months old, his father, Lynn Nolan Ryan, Sr., who worked for Hastings Oil Field was transferred to Alvin, Texas, where Ryan spent the rest of his childhood and much of his adult life.