Entries by William

A Train Ride to Glory

  The funeral of President George H.W. Bush played out in Houston and Washington, D.C. this week. In a move both old-fashioned and brilliant, the President was carried by train to his final resting place at the Bush Presidential Library at Texas A & M.  The train trip across rural Texas harkened back to simpler […]

Reflections on Cottonwood Lake

  I sit alone on the shore of Cottonwood Lake in the high mountains of Colorado on a sunny summer afternoon. The quietude is breached only by the freshening wind whooshing through the towering pines and the slapping of the waves against immense granite boulders scattered randomly along the shore. My daughter and Michael are […]

Memorial Day 2018, at the Texas State Cemetery

Memorial Day is one of the least understood holidays on the permanent calendar of the U.S. The holiday was founded to honor our fallen war dead. If you look at the information on Wikipedia, you can see what a complex history the day has. These days, it is notable because of the absolute lack of […]

Promenade through the Blanton

Unique, exciting and cool is the best way I can describe the evening at the Blanton Art Gallery at UT last Thursday. It was also free, which makes it as good as it gets. The Blanton features a free Third Thursday event each month. This month’s event featured a Michael Alec Rose composition called THREE […]

Call me Ishmael (and then listen to me on Audible)

Long ago, in some long-forgotten university course, I was assigned Moby Dick, and somehow passed the class without reading it, yet somehow misremembered, as memories of that class grew dimmer and dimmer, having somehow gleaned its contents. Many times such pleasant self-deceits go with us to our graves, without a hint of their falseness. Recently, I […]

When there may be mysteries darker than murder

Yesterday, BookPeople’s Mystery People blog published my article on murder and mystery, which came out of Anahuac becoming available at BookPeople earlier this year. I truly appreciate the opportunity to contribute to Austin’s prestigious independent bookstore in this way. I like BookPeople for a lot of reasons, not least of which that it’s just a […]

Did Emily Morgan, the “Yellow Rose of Texas,” win the war?

I like to include a short Author’s Note in all the books in my “A Texas Story” series, providing a bit of historical information about the setting for the book. In Anahuac, I described the dust up that young lawyer, William Travis started with the Commander of the Mexican military’s Fort Anahuac in 1832 that predated […]

The S.S. Hangover at the Contemporary Austin

You have to know the story of Clara Driscoll to fully appreciate the location of the Contemporary Austin art exhibit Kathy and I attended last Sunday. Laguna Gloria is Driscoll’s former home on Lake Austin. Clara Driscoll was a larger than life individual, whose legions of accomplishments included saving the Alamo from demolition and writing […]

A Snowy 2nd Day of Spring in Washington, D.C.

The beauty of a snow in the spring is that you know it won’t last forever. As the pictures show, it is one of those days in D.C. Heavy wet snow in March is no match for the sun and the 45 degree high of tomorrow. The sun will get us back to spring. But […]

Audio Book brings Anahuac to Life

Today Anahuac was issued on Audible.com as an audio book. The novel is now on Amazon, ITunes and Audible. There is a free preview of a portion of the audio book available on Amazon.com. The audio version of Anahuac was performed by Alan Adelberg, a professional narrator with national credits. Joel Block of The Block House Studio who is […]