During my first visit to Austin, Texas, I had no car. Over the course of four days, I walked as much as my body could withstand in the high heat and photographed the Live Music Capital of the World's urban textures.
In addition to the friendly people, nearby ranches, subtle sidewalk art, amazing skyline after dark and the predominant Pegasus, there's one more thing you might not know about Dallas: You won't need a car. Well, not if you're planning to explore downtown. Dallas is a walking city.
Houston is on the verge of legalizing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. With a single Instagram post, Beyoncé could help make sure her hometown doesn't repeal protections for LGBT Houstonians this November.
Not all things that are bigger in Texas are better. Texas is facing big risks from rising heat and rising waters, and if we don't act, those threats to Texan traditions will only get worse.
Just a couple of years ago, overdose prevention laws had never been attempted in any red state and conventional wisdom said they never could be. Now not only have advocates in red states proven those stereotypes wrong, but many Southern naloxone programs have become models for the rest of the country.
Houston looks set to become ground zero for the country's next major LGBT civil rights battle. How national and local media cover that fight could help determine how the rest of the country thinks about the next stage of the struggle for full LGBT equality.
Bessie's first qualification for placement on my favorites list, therefore, was that unlike other adults she wasn't scary. Next, it was because she made the kind of sour things that I love, Kosher-style dill pickles that are hard to find unless they're homemade.
If the closest you've come to a dude ranch is watching The Pioneer Woman on Food Network, then consider this your summer to experience one of the most American vacations imaginable.
In America, more than the act of changing lanes without signaling, being black, female and living and speaking unapologetically has always been seen as a punishable transgression
Rather than simply asking for black votes in October 2016 after having taken them for granted up to that point, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will possess the credibility that comes with having earned those votes. At that point -- if not a lot earlier -- the Democratic Party and its nominee will need to thank #BlackLivesMatter.
In a society that loves to blame the victim I have no choice but to err on the side of my safety. I'm not saying all bored cops are bad cops but why would I take the chance?
Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality.
As we debate the boundaries of law enforcement's authority, I am reminded of my own recent run-in with a traffic cop in New Zealand.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry's quest for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination hasn't been the most impressive campaign thus far. He's found himself near the bottom of the very large pack seeking the Republican nomination for the past several months and he hasn't found a signature issue or message to differentiate himself from the other candidates in the race. Until now.
Meet The Vanity, a band that recently broke into Austin's competitive music scene and is tearing it up with their raw talent.
The last thing we expected to see on the lonely two lane black top in the heart of SW Texas was a Prada store. Upon close inspection, we realized we were looking at an art installation, the first sign of the quirky avant garde art community in the nearby town of Marfa.