Spiritual – March 2017

I’ve had the flu for the past week, and let me tell ya, it’s not a bit of fun. Day after day of fevers, chills, aches, pains, and general misery. It’s been barely sleeping at night, and then wanting to sleep all day. One minute you might feel a little better, and then the next…

Publisher’s Letter – March 2017

Dearest EXPLORE reader,   I write these little letters that 5 or 6 people read each month (my Mom included) and they don’t cover anything of any particular interest to folks. They’re just essays brought forth from my miniscule brain and put to paper. But they make me happy, so they’re important to me. I…

Save the Cibolo!

Can We Save Our Cibolo?   Imagine a day when our Cibolo Creek is no longer a place where children can play, and its banks are lined with signs warning against fishing. Imagine a silent Cibolo, for when the crawdads, minnows and tiny creatures disappear, so do the fish, and birds. Gone are the playful…

Boerne Professional Artists

EXPLORE MAGAZINE: March 2017 Sue Talford – Boerne Performing Arts – 830.238.4842   What is Bollywood you ask?  Coined by a journalist in the 1970’s, this term refers to the film industry based in the city of Mumbai, India, which used to be called Bombay.   Bombay + Hollywood = Bollywood!   Quick facts: India…

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Outdoors – Blood

My grandmother was from “the old country.” She grew up on a farm in the foot-hills of the mountains of central Italy about an hour drive from Rome. She grew her own vegetables and baked her own bread, and made her own wine in the basement of her home that my father built for her,…

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Spiritual – Save Me From Me

I’m angry. And I want justice. Pretty simple emotions, huh? I’m fairly certain that every last one of us has walked away from a situation simply seething with a clenched-jaw as we prayed for some form of justice, even if we weren’t there to witness our justice being realized. We wanted our boss to get…

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Ask Old Timer

Sometimes I just drive around town and mutter questions at myself. Why are they doing that? Who the hell thought up this brilliant idea? Have we fully become Stone Oak yet? Regardless, I just make observations and either chuckle to myself at the craziness of it all, or shake my head in frustration. Sometimes I…

Spiritual – Jan 17 – Finding God

One of the most universal struggles for Christ followers throughout time has been that of feeling distant from God. We go to church and clap our hands while thinking about mowing the lawn later. We pray with our kids while thinking about the dishes. We wake up, work, and then go to sleep and realize…

Spiritual – Dec 2016

So I’m not getting any younger.   I asked my grandfather one time what it feels like to be 84, and he said that his mind tells him that he’s still 18.  His body, however, tells him differently.  And that just fascinated me at the time because I was probably 18 when I asked him…

Old Timer – Dec 2016

Old Timer, doing any deer hunting this season? Got any great hunting secrets you’d care to share? When I was a kid, you grabbed your hunting rifle in the pre-dawn light, went out by your favorite field, laid in the grass while temps were in the 20s, and tried like hell to be still and…

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Old Timer – November 2016

I’m writing this little column in late October, and that means that the Presidential election is in just a few days. I am extremely happy (as I’m sure many of you are) that this sad chapter in American history is closing, as the campaign was one of the biggest circuses to watch.  We’re probably faced…

From The Publisher

Dearest EXPLORE reader, I like to watch college football. As a Texas Tech grad, I love to follow the Texas colleges and read of the latest UT debacle, controversy, or bribe. I’m kidding as I have lots of friends that are UT alums, but I’m not unique in that I like to watch the games…

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Old Timer

Well, the issue of Buc-ee’s dominated our universe last month, and I don’t know about you, but I’m fatigued with it at this point. The EDC and the City Council pulled yet another fast one on us, and managed to keep the whole thing a secret until days before the vote. And just like that,…

From the Publisher

  Dearest EXPLORE reader, As I often do, I review old Publisher letters in the hopes of finding some inspiration. I flip back through them, am either pleased or embarrassed at the quality of my essay, but invariably, I am just looking for something to click in my brain and get me thinking about a…

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