Authors go about their work in different ways. My first novel (WRANGLE) was inspired by my uncle’s quarter horse ranch in Texas. My second novel (unpublished) grew out of my West Coast experience with migrant farm workers. My third novel (in progress) comes from my family’s Scots-Irish roots.
Driving around Arlington often triggers memories for me and when I happened upon the Clyde R. Ashworth Elementary School on Silo Road, the feelings were particularly tender because I remember the man. Continue reading
In the western oater, it’s always the cowboy in the white hat that wins. What’s really satisfying is when it happens in real life – like the Waller County Citizens Against the Landfill victory recently. Continue reading
By the time one has lived nearly 8 decades, I think we have developed unique views of life and personal strategies for dealing with its vagaries. For me it has been my constant habit of embracing my current chapter and “leaning forward” into my next. Continue reading
Arlington artist David Tripp describes his quest as one of capturing onto canvas the world he sees in his mind, and that is not unlike the role of a writer. Akin to David, we too apprehend, interpret, report out our vision in a variety of literary forms. Continue reading
A writer is always in the process of change, and that is never more true than in my case. It has taken me a lifetime to morph from being many things before finally unfolding into this new creature who is primarily and happily a writer. Continue reading
To those of us who are readers, the public library is a sacred place – an almost holy shrine holding the treasure of our past, our wisdom, and serving as an incubator for our future greatness. It is one of our most valuable democratic institutions, allowing men, women and children of every stripe equal, free access to its resources. And it is an institution under assault. Continue reading