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the rambling boy

the rambling boy

May 26th, 2016

Worn boot leather on the Butterfield Overland Mail trail

By LONN TAYLOR

The British historian R.H. Tawney once said, “What historians need is not more documents but stronger boots.” He meant that historians’ writing would be far more vivid if they would get out of their research libraries and go look at the places they were writing …

golliver – self funding

golliver – self funding

May 26th, 2016

the money man

the money man

May 26th, 2016

Where credit is due

By TOM JACOBS

““Since special situations were in a sense created by myself, they were my life’s work and I knew all about them, I decided to write about them.” – Maurece Schiller, 1959

History is filled with people who haven’t received their due: Eleanor Franklin (Watson-Crick DNA), Farnsworth (TV), Tesla (d/c current versus …

dick decent – ballpark

dick decent – ballpark

May 26th, 2016

correspondence

correspondence

May 26th, 2016

Editor:

Vandalism of city parks has become an ongoing problem in Marfa.

Recently, the city closed the basketball court at Coffield Park because of continued intentional damage to the back boards, rims, and nets as well as to the court surface itself. On Monday evening we, the City of Marfa Parks and Recreation Development Board, voted to …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

May 19th, 2016

Tubman joins other women on American, Confederate currency

By LONN TAYLOR

The Treasury Department’s recent announcement that all of our paper currency will be redesigned and that the new designs will include portraits of women and people of color is okay by me but it has caused consternation in some quarters. The news that Andrew Jackson will …

correspondence

correspondence

May 19th, 2016

Editor:

The sixth annual CineMarfa film festival was a great success, thanks to our family of sponsors, supporters, artists, collaborators and audience members.

A big thank you goes out to Marfa Live Arts and the Lumberyard for making the free Tortoise concert possible.  We’d also like to thank Christopher Wool, Charline Von Heyl, Louis Black, Sandy Boone, …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

May 12th, 2016

My princess, and a wedding to remember

By LONN TAYLOR

Last Saturday was my wife, Dedie’s, and my 28th wedding anniversary.

We were married on May 7, 1988, at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. That day was a Saturday, too, and like last Saturday, it was Derby Day. It was a beautiful Washington spring day, sunny …

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