Mark D. Roberts
Texas Archives

During my recent sojourn in Dallas, I was surprised to see a giant inscription on the wall of the Dallas Morning News building. It reads: BUILD THE NEWS UPON THE ROCK OF TRUTH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS CONDUCT IT ALWAYS UPON THE […]

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at the Texas Capitol Fellowship, a gathering of Christians who work in the Texas state government. The Capitol itself looked beautiful as spring has just begun to dawn in Austin. In the photo […]

One night this last week it snowed in Boerne. Now if you’re from places like Minnesota or New England, you’ll probably find it odd that I’m excited about a half-inch of snow. But even a dusting of snow is a […]

A ranch in the Hill Country, not too far from Vanderpool. The “cattle” you see are actually American Bison (buffalo).

The Medina River as it runs through Bandera City Park in Bandera, Texas, “The Cowboy Capital of the World.”

Leaves of an oak tree in our back yard. The tree is known by various names: Spanish Oak, Red Oak, or Texas Red Oak. We don’t have many trees in the Texas Hill Country that turn red in autumn, but […]

  An autumn view of “The Blue Hole” on the H.E. Butt Foundation property, near Laity Lodge.

My first experiences of driving in Texas left me with the impression of an endless, flat countryside. When I was a child, my family and I drove through north Texas on a couple of occasions. It was hot, dusty, and […]

A couple of weeks ago I put up a post on the commercialization of Lent. I was surprised by a sign for a restaurant that advertised a Lenten special. I don’t recall ever seeing such a thing in California. At […]

One of the things I’m growing to like about Texas is the winter weather. During the months of December, January, and February, the weather in the Hill Country often dips below freezing. But it doesn’t stay there for weeks at […]