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Turk Pipkin

Steve Fromholz -- A Guest In My Heart

Turk Pipkin | Posted 03.28.2014 | Arts
Turk Pipkin

Recently in Ft. McKavett, Texas, I joined a large group of family and friends for the burial and farewell to the late, great Steven Fromholz, legendary Texas singer and songwriter, husband, father, grandfather, friend, river boatman, sometime golfer and fulltime lover of life.

Giving Thanks for Stephanie Lee (and a New Way of Treating Cancer)

Turk Pipkin | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Turk Pipkin

Stephanie Lee is the most inspiring and hopeful woman I've ever known. That's saying a lot considering that my wife has beat cancer twice and constantly amazes me at how she came through both battles stronger and more able to change the world and those around her for the better.

Is Willie Nelson Santa? Angels Sing Comes to the Big Screen

Turk Pipkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Turk Pipkin

The fact that Willie, the kids and I were all on the set of our new movie, Angels Sing, doesn't really change my basic question: Is Willie Nelson Santa?

The Gorillas of Bwindi - Dr. Gladys and CTPH

Turk Pipkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Turk Pipkin

Spend a few days photographing mountain gorillas and you quickly learn that it takes a lot of greenery to fuel a 400-pound vegetarian.

Number One... With a Bullet

Turk Pipkin | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Turk Pipkin

While we debate our nation's role as the enforcers of the proper morality of war and weapons of mass destruction, it might serve us to remember that our commitments - and lack of commitments - to global peace greatly help shape our image and standing in the world.

Sleep Well, Jimmy

Turk Pipkin | Posted 08.20.2013 | Entertainment
Turk Pipkin

I was just a tiny cog in the great wheel that was The Sopranos, just one of thousands who James Gandolfini treated with kindness and respect. There are few so great who remain so humble, who are able to grasp their own incredible abilities and still recognize them as a gift.

Wild Is the Wind! A UT Commencement Address

Turk Pipkin | Posted 07.16.2013 | College
Turk Pipkin

You made it. Or I should say, you've almost made it. For the past four years, maybe five, the number of ways you could blow it have grown smaller and smaller, and you're now down to just a couple of small steps between you and your diploma. My main advice to you is, don't trip up now.

Building Hope -- Education for All

Turk Pipkin | Posted 04.07.2013 | Impact
Turk Pipkin

There are a lot of crazy choices you can make in this life, but education is not one of them. Education is the most rationale choice of all. There are times when we choose education for ourselves, and there are times when we have the opportunity to help others make that choice.

The Essence of Nobelity

GAIAM TV | Posted 02.06.2013 | Entertainment
GAIAM TV

Desmond Tutu points out that a solitary human being is a contradiction in terms. Our humanity, as the film brings home, is defined by the quality of our relations: how well we take care of each other, as well as our universal home.

A Million (More) Trees for Wangari

Turk Pipkin | Posted 11.25.2012 | Green
Turk Pipkin

Though I am about as far as possible from being a rural Kenyan woman, Wangari changed my life as well by the beauty and brilliance of her words and deeds, and by taking my hand saying, "Come to Kenya. You will love it."

Peace, Love and Education!

Turk Pipkin | Posted 08.04.2012 | Education
Turk Pipkin

I've just returned from a 7,000 kilometer drive-and-work tour of East Africa and was inspired by the progress at all 15 of our Kenya School Fund projects. In the arid lands of Samburu, Daaba Primary is a dream come true.