By A. C. Greene
It is a harsh, distant kingdom, the place the elements is often very shut and the horizon distant. The Brazos state of long-ago Fourth of July fishing expeditions; the grass-grown continues to be of a fashion station of the Butterfield degree Line; the streets of Abilene; the sparse grazing lands less than endless skies—all are made resonant by way of a local son’s affection and knowing. it's a means of life—resilient and persnickety—that is sort of gone.
Above all, it's humans: the author’s grandmother, who had a mortal worry of bridges and whose premonitions of unnamed calamities (that as frequently as now not happened), either alarmed and happy the younger boy; Uncle Aubrey, “who married late”; the blacksmith they woke up at midnight; the accepted acquaintances; the infrequent and deliciously mysterious strangers.
With humor and powerful, unsentimental feeling, A. C. Greene conserves for us the valuable eccentricities of position and individual that are being flattened out—almost actually bulldozed away—by the impatient, insatiable onrush of the 20th century. His West Texas is a truly own nation, yet what he seeks to proportion should be time-honored to all who enjoy the thoughts that tie them to their very own distinctive sector of America.
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On the other hand, a bawling Hereford yearling would be singing his praises. I never see a wide, clean meadow of brown West Texas grass but I think of God and Pie. Even before the traveler has passed the Brazos he will have noticed a different kind of tree. Twisted and rather ugly, it never stands straight and seldom stands very high. Twenty feet is tall for it. In the summer it is a pale green, lightly tinted with yellow. The leaves are lacy, and when you pluck one you see the petals are tiny, narrow pieces running from both sides of a central spine like the backbone of a fish (bipinnately compound of two pairs of pinnae, in botanical terms).
They are good highways, like most of the roads in the state. Building highways is one thing Texas does for the public in a superb fashion. I suppose no state does it better. The roadways are wide, well paved (only county roads are gravel), and marked with plenty of directional signs to keep the traveler oriented. And in West Texas there are certain highway signs a visitor may encounter for the first timeWARNING, LIVESTOCK ON ROAD; CATTLEGUARD; DEER CROSSING; CAUTION, STRONG WIND CURRENTS. The state highway department is always working on the roads, widening them, adding a litter-barrel turnout, or straightening the curves so that your automobile can have a surer footing at eighty-five and ninety miles per hour, which is about the speed at which a high percentage of West Texans drive.
1923- , Texas, West--Biography. Page iii A Personal Country A. C. Greene Illustrated By Ancel Nunn Foreword by Larry L. King Page iv © 1969, 1979, 1998 by A. C. Greene Revised Edition Manufactured in the United States of America All rights reserved 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 First Paperback Edition, 1998 Requests for permission to reproduce material from this work should be sent to: Permissions University of North Texas Press P. O. 1984. 1923 A personal country. Includes index. Title. 4'06 79-7410 ISBN 1-57441-053-9 Page v For THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN MY LIFE Page vii Contents Foreword ix Some Words xv A Debt xvii 1 A Place Called West Texas 3 2 The Boundaries of Its Life 9 3 Some Arteries of Time 20 4 The Beginning of a Journey 38 5 How the Oil Came 53 6 A Town Fame Dislikes 66 7 The Ominous Journey 75 8 The Source and Since 104 9 Village of My Heart 112 10 God in West Texas 127 11 Beyond the Old One-Hundredth 141 Page viii 12 What Time Owns 164 13 The Butterfield & I 193 14 Sandstone Sentinels 254 15 So All the Generations 275 16 Bring Me to .