Everything is bigger in Texas. At least that’s what they tell me. The cattle are beefier, the stars are brighter, the villains more villainous and the heroes more heroic than anywhere else. The women are simultaneously wilder and more virtuous than the women who hail from say Nebraska. I cannot think of a place that is so tied to its identity as Texas. Even the Dairy Queen commercials mention the “Great State of Texas.” All that being said, Texas has been my home for ten years now, and I have come to appreciate it’s bravado and swagger. This is a state overflowing with contradictions, crazy politicians, and even crazier weather, with cowboy poets and cattle drives. For all this nuttiness, Texas is also filled with incredible people. We have been blessed to make our home in Fort Worth, and to be part of a community of people dedicated to art and music.
After living in Scotland and Ireland where the land is lush and green, it took some time to become accustomed to the arid plains of Texas. But there is great beauty here, in both the land and the proud people who have made Texas their home.