Country of Norway turns US state of Texas into adjective

Texas capitol; photo by Carol M. Highsmith, US Library of Congress Digital Collection
Photo of Texas capitol by Carol M. Highsmith, archived at US Library of Congress Digital Collection.

When I first saw the Tweet about Norway’s use of the word ‘texas’, I thought it was satire. I did some digging and found out it isn’t. It seems the good people of Norway have turned one of the largest states in the US into an adjective. In the US there’s an old saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” Maybe that’s true because it looks like there are no other US states whose names have been turned into a modifier. Continue reading “Country of Norway turns US state of Texas into adjective”

Fans bemoan country music icon’s closing of San Antonio Rose Palace

Country music icon George Strait, who famously conducted his “Cowboy Rides Away Tour” four years ago, is now riding away from a popular equestrian center and landmark, the San Antonio Rose Palace. Fans expressed sadness about the closure on the Facebook page, with many hoping whoever buys the arena will continue to use it for cowboy/Western themed events. The message posted by staff at the Palace suggested the sale came as a surprise.  Continue reading “Fans bemoan country music icon’s closing of San Antonio Rose Palace”

‘Cultural appropriation’ critics warn about Cinco de Mayo and sombreros

I’m not surprised by messaging from some quarters about May 5, otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo. Gonzaga University, a place I usually associate with basketball, is warning students about the horrendous act of wearing a sombrero if you’re not Mexican. This holiday wasn’t well known in the US until the last decade or so. In Mexico, it’s not a major holiday either.  Continue reading “‘Cultural appropriation’ critics warn about Cinco de Mayo and sombreros”

Red Dirt music expands, but what is it exactly?

the late Bob Childers
According to Wide Open Country, the late Bob Childers is considered Red Dirt’s “first poet laureate.” Photo Credit: Kmzundel at English Wikipedia

I hadn’t heard about Red Dirt Music until recently. I read an article that mentioned it in connection with a Texas radio station expanding its broadcast capability. Once I found time to take a deeper look, I learned some things.

Above all, I’m trying to figure out exactly what it is.  Continue reading “Red Dirt music expands, but what is it exactly?”