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We’ll Always Have Paris…Texas, That Is!

My husband, Dan, and I recently celebrated our 23rd anniversary. On the actual date, we were traveling back from a wedding of a family member. Knowing that would be the case ahead of time, we decided to celebrate our day together a week early. In looking at wedding gift ideas for our 23rd year, I…

The Hamburger – A Texas Culinary Creation

According to more sources than I can list, the hamburger was invented by Fletcher Davis from Athens, Texas, in the late 1880’s and introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. “Uncle Fletch” is so beloved in Athens that they hold the Uncle Fletch Davis Hamburger Festival every September. In fact, the Uncle Fletch…

Celebrating Texas Farmers, Farmer’s Markets, and Those Who Can Can

From my Junior year in high school until my Senior year in college, I spent most of my summers working on our family’s farm in Livingston, Texas. Soon after the school year ended and I’d had a few weeks to enjoy the summer, my Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays were used for picking, washing, and loading…

Introducing the How Big Is Texas Podcast

It’s been in my head for a while and it was time to make it happen. Check out my How Big Is Texas podcast. I’ll share my Texas stories and interview others who can tell you about the many things to see and do in the Lone Star State. I hope you’ll follow along. Click…

How Texan Are You?

This morning, I was reminded of a list I came across a few years back, while perusing down the rabbit hole that is Facebook, entitled “How Texan Are You?” It was a list of 100 statements and yes/no questions for you to check based on what you’ve experienced in Texas. Since I was born and…

Spring into 12 of My Favorite Texas Gardens

As Spring begins, gardens across the Lone Star State are starting to come alive with color and activity. Interstates, highways, back roads, and fields reveal colors seen only in spring. The wildflowers all Texans know and love, bluebonnets, give a shout-out to Lady Bird Johnson, former first lady and person responsible for the Highway Beautification…

How it all started when I drove the Texas perimeter. Good times!

In June 2020, I decided to drive the perimeter of the Lone Star State with two colleagues from the Texas travel and tourism industry, Morgan Taylor and Debra Bustos. That’s how the idea of my Texas blog started. I highly recommend it and would do it again. Click here to watch the video. Until next…

Reflecting on Life – Sweet or Unsweet Tea in Texas

This is sort of a post about my travels, sort of. A few years ago while I was driving to work, my radio was tuned to Sirius radio and various news stations, all telling their own versions of some truth. In just a few short minutes, I heard so much bickering, I had to turn…

My Favorite Murals in Towns and Cities across Texas

Living in the Visual Arts Capital of Texas in San Angelo, I am blessed every day to see some of the best murals in the state, in my humble opinion. So I started thinking about other cities and towns I’ve visited that feature this art form in such a beautiful way. Before I share those…

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