Thursday, February 16, 2006

off to texas

"I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. And this is true to the extent that people either passionately love Texas or passionately hate it and, as in other religions, few people dare to inspect it for fear of losing their bearings in mystery or paradox. But I think there will be little quarrel with my feeling that Texas is one thing. For all its enormous range of space, climate, and physical appearance, and for all the internal squabbles, contentions, and strivings, Texas has a tight cohesiveness perhaps stronger than any other section of America. Rich, poor, Panhandle, Gulf, city, country, Texas is the obsession, the proper study and the passionate possession of all Texans." - John Steinbeck, 1962


Blogger Phil said...

If Texas is so great, how come there are so many of you in Tennessee?

11:10 AM  
Blogger Tony Arnold said...

Somebody had to ask.


12:17 PM  
Blogger kel said...

Does this mean you're coming to Texas again? It would be great to see you again.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Malia said...

awesome quote Jana!

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Adam Hogan said...

Texas: There is no Texas.
If there is, we cannot understand it.
If we can, we cannot communicate it.
-Gorgias (with a twist)

1:42 PM  
Blogger Jana said...

Phil - To answer your question, sometimes it is necessary to put yourself through a valley to fully appreciate the mountaintop.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Phil said...


I guess I would buy that if there weren't so dang many of y'all here.

(Don't know where the S'uthun accent came from, but there it is.)

11:18 PM  
Blogger Tony Arnold said...

Hey, Tennesseans had to go down there and help you take from Mexico in the first place. :-)


8:34 AM  

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