Best Texas rivers: Red River, Part 2

5:00 pm May. 30, 2016

This report on the Lower Red River — we should probably call it the “Middle” — was originally posted on May 25, 2012. It is the last of the rescued Texas River Tracing posts.

(For a

Joe and Teresa Long: House as Museum

3:35 pm May. 27, 2016

Fourteen years ago, philanthropists Joe and Teresa Long, namesakes for the Long Center for the Performing Arts and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, among other Austin gems, fixed up their Old Enfield house.

It was no quick job.

Hollywood Glam Pop-Up Party at old Little City

12:17 pm May. 26, 2016

When I walked into 916 Congress Ave., a wave of memories swept over me. Still standing was the broad, curved counter where I leaned, waiting for my order, thousands of times. In the back were remnants of tall,

Outrageous undergarments for Art Bra Austin

10:20 am May. 25, 2016

Every nonprofit should create a signature event as grand as Art Bra Austin.

Benefiting the Breast Cancer Resource Center, the annual parade and auction of especially designed undergarments, modeled by breast cancer survivors and BCRC clients, has it all.  It’s

Best Texas rivers: The Blanco River

10:10 pm May. 22, 2016

At times, it seemed as if the Blanco River — ravaged a year ago in the Memorial Day and All Saints Day floods — didn’t want to be traced.

On the first day’s attempt at a tracing, we

Best Texas rivers: San Gabriel River

6:42 pm May. 22, 2016

We approached the sources–North and South Forks–of the San Gabriel River from the west.

(For a more complete account of “Texas River Tracing: 50 Trips by Car and on Foot,” go to

The terrain of the Balcones Canyonlands Nature Wildlife

Best Texas rivers: Lampasas River

8:54 pm May. 20, 2016

The recent heavy rains put the Lampasas River at flood stage, and this led to less than ideal viewing. When the water is up to the tree branches, just about every stretch looks the same.

Best Texas rivers: Barton Creek

7:06 pm May. 19, 2016

One day, we traced Barton Creek from Dripping Springs to the greenbelt at Camp Craft Road. The stream was high, swift, emerald and translucent.

The next day, we followed the final mile of the creek, from the