Jim Williams is the genial grandfather we all want. His voice is soft, and his hands are weathered and firm. He smiles when he speaks. He listens when you respond. He's eager to share his stories, but he's more concerned for your well-being than his remaining days. Which is why Williams, one of the ... More >>
Remember being in school and having to listen to all those awful educational songs? Our teachers would do anything to teach us, but most often they really have no idea what will appeal to anyone under the age of 40, so it gets hairy when something perceived as cool, like "that rapping stuff," gets i ... More >>
What should we make of radiant Lincoln and blubbering Private Ryan?
San Antonio is in a tizzy. When officials from the Texas General Land Office okayed a plan to allow caterers to serve hooch at after-hours events at Alamo Hall, a repurposed 1922 fire station near but not on the grounds of the Alamo complex, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas roared into action. ... More >>
If he had not been assassinated 147 years ago, Abraham Lincoln would be having a pretty good year. In an already rancorous election campaign, our 16th president remains the ideal of statesmanship, common sense and decency in the Oval Office, virtues all but alien in modern-day Washington. This Frida ... More >>
Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and that means it's time for women to break out the bikinis. Sometimes, this bikini-breakening-out can mean a display of pride in their native land, whether that involves American-flag bikinis, Confederate-flag bikinis, Texas-flag bikinis or b ... More >>
A quick survey of my friends' status updates on Facebook Sunday night confirmed what I'd suspected for weeks: 200% of them were watching something called Downton Abbey. Season 2 just debuted on Masterpiece Classic on PBS, you see, and people responded with an enthusiasm usually reserved for when s ... More >>
A quick survey of my friends' status updates on Facebook Sunday night confirmed what I'd suspected for weeks: 200 percent of them were watching something called Downton Abbey. Season 2 just debuted on Masterpiece Classic on PBS you see, and people responded with an enthusiasm usually reserved for ... More >>
James Baker: Not related to Velvet RevolverFinally, there will be a reason to visit downtown Houston: A statue honoring former Secretary of State James Baker will be unveiled Tuesday.Why Baker? As the monument's official website so modestly puts it, he's "A Magnificent American."Some people might ... More >>
But those damn aliens can't read English!!! The controversy over immigration into America has been discussed ad nauseam on TV, op-ed columns and books, but it is perhaps best dealt with via the medium of bikini-babe posters.At least that's the thinking of one Alan Sessarego, of Gettysburg, PA. Se ... More >>
Photo by diveofficerIs it a good or bad thing to be named one of the state's Most Endangered Historic Places?The Sam Jacinto Battlefield is going to find out, having earned that dubious honor this morning."The landscape is all that remains of this important historic site, and without a comp ... More >>
Laurie Clements Lambeth and Greg Oaks share their latest work
We're coming up on the anniversary of the Battle of Galveston. Each January 1 Americans all over the nation celebrate the day by watching football and gorging themselves on leftover party snacks, in memory of the Union and Confederate soldiers who lost their lives.It wasn't exactly Gettysburg out ... More >>
The suspense has been so thick you could cut it with....Oh, Christ, what's the word we're looking for here...some kind of cutting implement...a really sharp-edged melon-baller? No, that's not it. Maybe box cutters.At any rate, you can relieve that suspense right now by clicking on our current cov ... More >>
If you had your choice to stand anywhere as a tourist in the United States, where would you choose?The Las Vegas Strip? Mount Rushmore? The White House?No way, dude -- you prefer to be standing in Moody Gardens in Galveston.At least you do if you're one of the respondents to what has to be described ... More >>
The MS 150 is a war zone, one activist claims
These Generals speak the name of the Lord, but is it in vain?
A reporter gets branded for cash (again)
Jerry Bruckheimer wants to be taken seriously with Remember the Titans. You can stop laughing now.
In the early 1960s, Eldrewey Stearns was a powerful force for integration in a segregated society. Then he forgot his way, and history forgot him. Until, that is, he met writer Thomas R. Cole.
A review of the films of '93, and hopes for an adventurous '94