My Texas heart is joyful. The trip to West Texas (Clyde & Abilene) and to Austin was wonderful in so many ways that I haven't had time to process it all...plenty of material for future creative endeavors--that's for sure. My Dad is in pretty good health for his 83 years and I am grateful. I visited Mark Best (and his mother) in Abilene and even managed some harmony, which was wonderful to feel and hear. I had the opportunity to observe a video/recording of his daughter Darcy's string ensemble at Cooper High School. Incredibly accomplished young musicians all. David and Carol Grosvenor, Tommy and I had a great time in Wimberly at Linda's Fine Foods (try it--quite lovely) listening to Rick & Helen (aka Linda) Stockton (Colorado's Strolling Scones) on their Texas tour. I am neighbors with them now on the Western Slope, so it was great to see the old gang together on our old hill country stomping grounds. Thanks to Andy Murphy and Jan Seides for providing safe respite from the crazy Austin traffic. Thanks to Tommy Dean for being such a good friend. We spent some of our visit working on a new Christmas song. This new one is Tommy's to sing...very different for a holiday song and quite engaging. Also, thanks to old school friends Steve Cooper and Vicki Teague-Cooper in Santa Fe for the overnight. And thanks to Robin Reed for the good company and the new route back to the mountains and home.