• The Pigs and the Scale

    by Brent Beasley Here’s a little something I wrote this morning in honor of STAAR testing:  The farmer wants his pigs to be fat. Of course he does. The fatter the better. He became concerned when he realized that, even though he fed them all the same, some pigs were fatter than others. The problem,…

  • Jackie Robinson, “42”, and Texas

    by Melvin Edwards     Jackie Robinson had two Texas connections. First, he was court martialed while serving in Fort Hood in Killeen. (He was acquitted, though admittedly “guilty” of refusing to give up his seat on the military bus. He was “Rosa Parks” 10 years before she was.) A couple of years later, he…

  • William Barrett Travis and his Critics

    by Julia Robb   Texas has a problem. The wimps of this world hate courage. And because so many intellectuals are wimps, they pour contempt on Texas, on Texas heroes and our history. Small people tear down big ones, especially when the bigger souls are dead and can’t fight back. Faced with the Mexican army,…

  • Look at Texas for a second with me, will you?

    AUTHOR UNKNOWN Have you ever looked at a map of the world? Look at Texas with me just for a second. That picture, with the Panhandle and the Gulf Coast, and the Red River and the Rio Grande is as much a part of you as anything ever will be. As soon as anyone anywhere…

  • George W. Bush Presidential Library Dedication

    by I Am A Texan Staff   The George W. Bush Presidential Library will be dedicated on April 25th, expected to be in attendance are all 5 living US presidents, the first time the most exclusive club have met since January of 2009. Asked about his legacy in an interview with USA Today, President Bush…

  • Yankee Chili Tester

     Author Unknown Notes from an inexperienced Chili tester named Frank, who was visiting Texas from the East Coast: “Recently I was honored to be selected a judge at a chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge’s table asking directions to the…

  • Dear Mom On the iPhone

    Author Unknown I see you over there on the bench, messing on your iPhone. It feels good to relax a little while your kids have fun in the sunshine, doesn’t it? You are doing a great job with your kids, you work hard, you teach them manners, have them do their chores. But Momma, let…

  • How To Earn Our Desks

    Author Unknown On the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher did something not to be forgotten. With permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she took all of the desks out of the classroom. The kids came into first period, they walked in, there were no…

  • The Angel of Death

    by Julia Robb Elroy Camp died at midnight, while Beulah held his bony hand and prayed. Mr. Elroy took a trembling breath. He never breathed out. “I might have known,” Mr. Elroy’s daughter said when Beulah called. “Ma’am?” “You heard me. Families in this community hire you to take care of their loved ones and…

  • University of Texas Athletics Hit New High!

    by Boyd Taylor It has been a record year for UT athletics. Football, basketball and baseball have all placed in the bottom of the Big 12 Conference standings.  According to Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds, “We are finally getting the program where we want it to be. The money we are spending on athlete amenities is…

  • The Rebekah Chronicles (an excerpt)

    by Jon Williams   Prologue This book has been a work of love for several years. As with any book, it is almost complete, but it is not nearly done as every time I read it I make little changes here and there. If you know me, you know that I was adopted. If you…

  • SCALP MOUNTAIN (an excerpt)

    By Julia Robb Chapter Thirteen Report to Major Lou Phillips, Austin headquarters, from Texas Ranger Capt. W.E. Henry            Sir: I have the honor to report the death of Mage Higgins, the man who shot down Sheriff Dell Rogers. After Higgins, we also trailed the gang stuck up the Round Rock bank and recovered the…