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Letters and comments from our readers

In Ruby’s Footsteps

There’s a new Alamo cat [Charming the Alamo, August 2023]? Ruby is my favorite part of Alamo history, so good to see they’re continuing the tradition.

Cinder Scott | Via Facebook


Good To Hear

Thank you for the audio about Larry McMurtry in A Page of the Past [August 2023]. It was much easier and enjoyable to listen to the story than to try to read the small print with my old eyes of 75 years.

Becky Parks, Bluebonnet EC | Maxwell

Editor’s note: You can find more audio stories on our Listen to History page.


Karen Knight, a certified labyrinth facilitator, walks the labyrinth at her Ardor Wood Farm in Red Rock.

Laura Jenkins

A Long and Winding Labyrinth

About 20 years ago, my husband built a labyrinth on top of a hill on our 17-acre hobby farm west of Trent [Circles of Life, August 2023]. He integrated it into the natural landscape of the hill, resulting in a multilevel path.

The entire labyrinth is approximately a mile walk. At the time it was built, we were told it was the largest one in North America. Visitors can reach us at [email protected].

Cyndi Hughs, Taylor EC | Trent



In Defense of Mockingbirds

The mockingbird was chosen by the Legislature to be the state bird of Texas in 1927—chosen because of its courage to protect its home and family even in the face of death [TCP Talk, August 2023]. It stands tall without fear to protect its brood, much like those who fought for Texas independence. That’s why it was chosen.

We have witnessed the mockingbird attacking snakes and hawks. It would serve us all well to take note of the parenting skills, courage and intelligence of these awesome birds.

Tim and Tammy Layman, Coleman County EC | Ballinger


Legislators in 1927 described the mockingbird as “a fighter for the protection of his home, falling if need be, in its defense, like any true Texan.” Need any more be said?

David Snipes, HILCO EC | Aquilla