Antonio de Espejo 7-27-11
He was only trying to return home, to New Spain, by a short cut.
However, Don Antonio de Espejo’s venture through Texas has warranted
his inclusion within the history books (the Texas ones in particular)
alongside other explorers and conquistadors such as Coronado and
Cabeza de Vaca.
‘Jeff Davis County, Texas’ by Lucy Miller Jacobson and Mildred Bloys
Davis and Colonel Benjamin Henry Grierson 3-23-11
The assignment to Fort Davis should have been relatively calm. However,
the Mescalero Apache chief Victorio saw to it that Grierson and
his soldiers remained active...
F. Stockton 2-1-11
Robert Stockton’s life was one of those extraordinary events that
persuades and affects the lives of, not only those who were contemporaries,
but also the generations that follow.
for the Humanities at Salado 7-17-10
Dr. Harry Wilmer
Sculptor and architect Robert Bruno has bequeathed to us his Steel
House, sometimes referred to as “The Metal Mansion”, just outside
of Lubbock in Ransom Canyon.
Prior to a couple of weeks ago, I had been to Puerto Rico for exactly
an hour and a half...
Laugh Track: Directing Emotions Since 1950 3-1-10
Some shows, Barney Miller and anything Bob Newhart come to mind,
are hilarious with or without a laugh track. Jack Benny will elicit
a smile from just about anyone even if he is simply staring at the
Heard It Here First 1-11-10
In keeping with tradition for this time of year what follows are
some predictions for the now not so new year...
Creek Winery 12-6-09
You know what’s fun? Besides listening to Texas Tech football coach
Mike Leach speak- fun is drinking a nice, refreshing, Texas wine
on a Saturday afternoon...
in New Mexico 11-1-09
Before I left for New Mexico last month, where I was for the first
time, to try my hand at fly-fishing, I spent some time producing
my fish story. I thought I would need one...
Fear That My Wife Is Insane 10-2-09
Any rational, right-thinking person would have been packed and gone
months ago. Yet, she stays and even finds a way to maintain a smile
on that marvelous, olive-skinned countenance of hers...
Old Lubbock 9-2-09
I was reminded that I had heard quite a lot of news lately about
Lubbock and, as usual, most of it was odd.
Son Has Just Received His First Car 8-1-09
As we zigged and zagged around the local high school’s parking lot
it occurred to me that the car exposes entirely different worlds
to the two of us...
the Marc 7-1-09
The wine industry in Texas is blooming... For anyone who has traveled
to west Texas or the Hill Country...
it Are 6-4-09
...It’s been with us for a millennia and a half since the Germanic
tribes brought their yerk n’ chuk language with them from across
the North Sea. Nevertheless, we have all let it slip quietly into
“Art’s a luxury,” Charlie Bullock says... Of course, Bullock is
talking for us non-artists. For himself, art is as much a necessity
"... I had, up that point, suspected that Dr. Langford was
extraordinary and now I had both strong proof and witnesses..."
Antonio Missions 4-1-09
Beginning two and a half miles south of downtown San Antonio there
are four eighteenth century missions along what the National Parks
Service refers to as the “Mission Trail”. This route will lead you
on an afternoon’s journey through some of this country’s few, yet
was like that when we got there."3-3-09
Or Not Degree 2-1-09
Almost daily, I tell my students to get to work, stop whining, hunker
down and get busy. I tell them college is a comin’ and they better
Cut, copy, paste and print this paper so that you can have it in
your hands. Do it so that...
"Notes From Over Here" Column begins January
Byron Browne is
a free lance writer and teacher living in Austin,
Texas. After completing an English degree at Texas Tech,
he and his son moved, by way of Dallas,
some 15 years ago where he finished a second degree in Latin and began
teaching at an Austin high school.
He has been writing for various magazines and newspapers for the past
several years. Some of the subjects he has written about include Texas
wineries, Spanish bullfighting and sundry destination pieces centered
around he and his wife's travels.
Mr. Browne's work has been published in Texas
Escapes, Literary Traveler, Travel Intelligence, Escape
Artist, Texas Wine and Life magazines as well as the Lubbock Avalanche
Journal and the Austin American Statesman. He can be reached at Byron.Browne@gmail.com