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Texas Monthly February 2021

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meanwhile, over on texasmonthly.com…

IN SAN ANTONIO, SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS HAVE BECOME RELIEF WORKERS Food insecurity has soared during the pandemic. But in the Alamo City, Sindya Bhanoo reports, a bus driver came up with a solution: to use school buses to deliver meals to hungry children who are attending school remotely. A NINETEEN-YEAROLD FUNERAL HOME MANAGER IS OVERWHELMED BY “DEATH CALLS” Donavan Diaz helps manage a funeral home in Deaf Smith County, in the Panhandle. In December, he tells Peter Holley, he received fifteen calls from families planning funerals—as many as he might have gotten in six months pre-pandemic. CHOPIN VERSUS THE CORONAVIRUS Being hospitalized during the pandemic is lonely and dehumanizing. In live, virtual, one-on-one performances, Michael Hardy reports, Houston Symphony musicians are giving the sickest patients a few minutes of peace. A DEFINITIVE RANKING OF THE HEROES…

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wild wes

When I first met Wes Ferguson two years ago, over beers outside an Austin sandwich shop, our conversation quickly turned to hunting and fishing. We had both grown up in small towns and working-class families where chasing bass and birds and bucks was a treasured way to enjoy the outdoors with relatives and friends while putting food on the table. At the time, Wes was the managing editor of Texas Highways, a magazine I admire, especially for its coverage of our state’s wild beauty. He had also authored excellent books on the Blanco and Sabine rivers and had written about everything from backyard wrestling to bigfoot sightings. And before becoming a full-time ink-stained wretch, he worked as an oil field hand in East Texas and a ski instructor in Australia. It took…

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roar of the crowd

“JERRY JEFF WENT BACK TO CLOWN ALLEY, GOT MADE UP, AND WAS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST CLOWNS UNDER THE BIG TOP THAT NIGHT. NO ONE BUT THE CLOWNS AND THE AGENCY PEOPLE EVER KNEW.” Dub Steps In his essay citing recent works that explore the life of George W. Bush and family [“Miss Him Yet?,” October 2020], SMU history professor Andrew R. Graybill shows no interest in primary sources about a subject he professes to know a lot about. Citing various books and a documentary, he quotes journalists, talking heads, and a novelist about the Iraq “debacle” and the “false pretexts” that sent the country to war. None of these sources had direct experience. Yet, when he had the opportunity to take in firsthand accounts of soldiers who actually fought in the…

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desert dreaming

Driving into the tiny West Texas town of Sanderson feels a bit like finding a pile of bones in the desert—intriguing, but you might at first be reluctant to look more closely. An hour’s drive southeast of Fort Stockton, this far-flung community of about eight hundred residents is a little rough around the edges, but if you take the time to get to know it, you’ll be glad you did. ¶ As I arrived, I passed decrepit buildings, a crumbling old theater, and a Stripes gas station that sells tacos and burritos made on-site. The Z Bar Trading Co. hardware store, where a twenty-foot metal sculpture of a T. rex welcomes visitors out front, drew my eye. My gut told me just to gas up and move on from Sanderson—which…

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embark on a culinary road trip across texas

Produced by Texas Monthly Studio in partnership with Alex Snodgrass is the author and blogger behind The Defined Dish. Originally from Celina, she now resides in Dallas where she has popularized healthy and wholesome weeknight recipes. In partnership with Cadillac, she is taking a Culinary Road Trip to meet some of the most innovative chefs in the Lone Star State. In this installment, she meets with Efren Sandoval, the Executive Chef of Kindling Texas Kitchen. This Mexican-born chef with over 20 years of fine dining experience in California talks about the shift to the slower pace of small town Texas. ALEX SNODGRASS: Chef Efren, I wanted to hear about your culinary journey before Kindling Texas Kitchen and where your passion originated. CHEF EFREN SANDOVAL: I was a sixteen-year-old born in Mexico, in Michoacan. My…

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like barbecue, like chocolate

Barbecue was supposed to be the side business at Tejas Chocolate Craftory when it opened in Tomball in 2015. Scott Moore Jr. and his partner, Michelle Holland, knew that chocolate alone wouldn’t pay the rent for the charming 1907 house they found for their shop in the historic Old Town district. While mulling options for additional revenue, Moore, a self-described backyard barbecue warrior, considered that this small town, about thirty miles northwest of Houston, didn’t have many good options for smoked meat. So Moore and Holland bought a smoker, added a barbecue menu, and brought in Scott’s brother, chef Greg Moore, to run the kitchen inside their chocolate store. When Scott proposed that he join Tejas, Greg was happy to leave behind the stressful life of a restaurant chef in Houston…