The Bookshelf, Young Texas Reader, Blog Notes, & Texana Youtube Channel

The Texas Bookshelf is for single, specific books' reviews and author interviews . The Texas Parlor ranges more broadly than my other websites. The Young Texas Reader focuses on the youngest through teenagers. Texas Blog Notes surveys blogs of historical and literary interest. I've started a Will's Texana Youtube collecting channel where 1,000 videos are collected in 100 playlists . Find Will in Houston or at willstexana {at} yahoodotcom

Monday, August 31, 2009

Texas Most Endangered Historic Sites - 2010

Preservation Texas has been running up annual lists for several years on endangered historic sites.  Sites are announced in February, Preservation Month.  If you'd like to nominate a site, the basic criteria includes:
  • Significance — the site must be of architectural, artistic and/or historic importance within the cultural or social history of Texas
  • Urgency of threat — the need for immediate action to stop or reverse serious threats; Threats can be demolition, alterations that would change the integrity of the building or structure; significant loss of historic fabric through neglect, or through a new development plans or transportation plans that could affect the site in the future
  • Potential solutions and support — there must be clear evidence of local support for the preservation of the site

Sunday, August 23, 2009

UT's TxTell Stories about Longhorn and the Pasture

TxTell     Self-described as "TxTell is a web site that chronicles the impact of The University of Texas at Austin on the state of Texas and the world. TxTell relates the personal stories behind the many distinguished people who make up the UT family, past and present. It also provides information about UT programs and collections, describes our research and discoveries, and highlights other contributions that have made a difference over the past 118 years and counting."

Top Ten: (by number of hits received)

  1. Austin City Limits
  2. Barbara Smith Conrad: Mezzo-soprano, Civil Rights Pioneer
  3. Barbara Jordan
  4. Catherine Crier: from Judge to Television Journalist
  5. Alcoholism Research and the Genetic Equation
  6. Robert Runyon Photograph Collection of the South Texas Border Area
  7. San Antonio Riverwalk
  8. Walter Cronkite
  9. Denton Cooley
  10. "Courage and the Refusal To Be Swayed": Heman Marion Sweatt's Legal Challenge that Integrated The University of Texas
About a hundred stories, some with audio.
Stories are presented in "Verbose" and "Simple" forms.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Texas Quotations

The Brainy Quote site allows for searching by keyword.  "Texas" brings up a couple of dozen, some rather plain, but I've selected a few for your inspection.  Go further if you wish, just click.
A lot of the songs start with an image. I was sitting there playing the guitar and I pictured this old, dirty green car, with the window rolled down, in the hot, hot, hot Texas heat, and this beautiful woman I knew when I was a kid sitting behind the wheel, looking out at me.
Edie Brickell 

After I left Texas and went to California, I had a hard time getting anyone to play anything that I was writing, so I had to end up playing them myself. And that's how I ended up just being a saxophone player.
Ornette Coleman

All new states are invested, more or less, by a class of noisy, second-rate men who are always in favor of rash and extreme measures, but Texas was absolutely overrun by such men.
Sam Houston

Allowing Texas to display the Ten Commandments on State property but disallowing Kentucky courthouses from doing the same is a poor and flawed interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.
Ginny B. Waite

And on election night I'd go down to city hall in El Paso, Texas and cover the election. In those days, of course, we didn't have exit polls. You didn't know who had won the election until they actually counted the votes. I thought that was exciting too.
Sam Donaldson

And to me, I had come out of Texas, and during that time was when I realized that a lot of people in Nashville, their idea of what country music was was not the same as mine.
Lee Ann Womack