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.
Robert Rodriguez: A Peek Inside The Life of a Creative Genius
Sometimes the thing that makes someone unstoppable is simply their inability to stop. According to award-winning Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez that is exactly how his career began. As a child, Rodriguez never dreamed of being famous. He was just a kid having fun with his father's video camera, at least until he saw John Carpenter's science-fiction thriller Escape from New York at age 12. From that day on, he was determined to be a movie director.
Where the Wildflowers Are
Growing wildflowers has become a passion and a business for Basecamp Farms owner, Georgia Monroe. At her growing wildflower farm near Navasota, she hosts community events such as U-pick extravaganzas, with future plans of a bouquet club subscription, wreath-making classes, and flower bar parties. An event center is in the plans for the future, as well!
The Dog Days of Service
To say that Maggie, a gangly black-and-white Great Dane, is man's best friend would be an understatement. Darcy Maloney, of Wall, Texas, spends nearly every waking moment (and most sleeping ones) with the 6-year-old dog, who, for the past year, has worked day in and day out as her service pet.
Water 2 Wine: Where Wine and Family Meet
Wine and family. Those two simple things are the foundations of the micro-winery Water 2 Wine, located in New Braunfels, Texas. They are what owner Brandie Jewell and assistant manager Johnny Reinhart value most. Wine and family are simple. Easy. Comforting. And for the guests of Water 2 Wine, they can easily relate.
To Bean or Not to Bean: The Chronicles of Texas Chili
As smoke rose from small fires, so too did the scents; earthy guajillo, pasilla, ancho chiles, and tough cuts. The aromas beckoned the empty bellies making their way to San Antonio’s Market Square. This is where the action took place when the orange haze of the sun gave way to the subtle glow of campfires in the Texas moonlight. Vendors of wares, ranging from exotic birds to pecans and honey, venison, wild turkey, and beef, filled the streets of San Antonio.
How One Texas Cheesemaker Paved the Whey
In early 2007, Texas cheesemaker Susan Rigg, owner of the microcreamery River Whey Creamery, was working at a bookstore in San Antonio. At the time, she had no idea that less than ten years later she would be an award-winning cheesemaker, but big dreams often start with humble (or crumbly) beginnings.
Family Business Beer: Where Texans Come to Drink
While driving through the winding hills of Hamilton Pool Road, a progressive new brewery can be found within the beautiful countryside of Dripping Springs. Straying from the industrial feel and warehouse-style atmosphere, Family Business Beer is breaking the mold for typical breweries in an appealing and family-friendly fashion. Approachable beer crossed with passionate ownership, talented leadership, and proud Texas roots makes for one undeniably exceptional craft beer destination.
Healing After a Hurricane
Following the Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm and is estimated to have caused $150 to $180 billion in damages, several dozen CHRISTUS Spohn associates deployed to Aransas Pass, Refugio, and Rockport, cities that were hit especially hard. “I was fortunate to participate in the cleanup efforts in Aransas Pass and see firsthand how our associates improved the lives of residents there and provided hope and healing to the community,” Doss said.
Pets in Peril
Call it fate, coincidence, or divine intervention, but when the floodwaters began to rise, fellow Texans rose to the occasion. One woman, 20 dogs, and three generous men with helping hands made for one inspiring story to come out of the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.
Conroe’s Carriage Inn Retirement Community Provides a Safe Haven
Hurricane Harvey did not consider age as it brought its flood waters throughout the Houston area, as both young and old scrambled as best they could to find a safe place to stay. Many seniors, some with slow gaits, aches and pains, and confused thoughts, were forced to leave their flooded homes, seeking shelter. Fortunately for some, Conroe’s Carriage Inn Retirement Community welcomed new residents with open arms.
Hope in a Hurricane
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Those words are the heartbeat of the community of Hope City. In a time of crisis for their beloved city of Houston, the Hope City family immediately stepped into action and has spent every moment since Hurricane Harvey hit rescuing people and rebuilding their community.
Tiff’s Treats: Success By the Dozen
Few things turn mature, reasonable adults into giddy, wide-eyed kids faster than fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. These gooey confections elicit feelings of comfort, nostalgia, and happiness at a moment’s notice. Just ask Tiffany and Leon Chen, co-founders of Tiff’s Treats, a bakery and cookie delivery service.