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J. Frank Dobie Writes About His Home Turf

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J. Frank Dobie wrote:


“Here I am living on a soil that my people have been living and working and dying on for more than a hundred years—the soil, as it happens, of Texas. My roots go down into this soil as deep as mesquite roots go. This soil has nourished me as the banks of the lovely Guadalupe River nourish cypress trees, as the Brazos bottoms nourish the wild peach, as the gentle slopes of East Texas nourish the sweet-smelling pines, as the barren, rocky ridges along the Pecos nourish the daggered lechuguilla. I am at home here, and I want not only to know about my home land, I want to live intelligently on it. I want certain data that will enable me to accommodate myself to it. Knowledge helps sympathy to achieve harmony.”


------ J. Frank Dobie, historian and folklorist, "Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest," 1958

Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.

Posted : 25th December 2019 10:11 pm