Mythology has always followed the cowboy. Texans in particular celebrate the lone figure on a horse riding herd on the dusty — or in this case the salty — plains. Mostly, we celebrate the cowboy virtues — honesty, simplicity and hard work.
Life is changing for our coastal cowboys, there’s no doubt.
Ranch land in Galveston County is dwindling to make way for development. Most of the cowboys and cowgirls we interviewed for this issue work other jobs to survive these days, while ranching part-time.
But the cowboy culture is alive and well here. The best part of producing this issue was meeting some of the people we featured. These days, everyone’s in a hurry, trying to make a living. But that didn’t stop the men and women we featured from taking time to open their homes and their ranches to us.
What struck us most was just how polite and gracious they were, reminding me what I love most about being a Texan.
No matter how much things change, people still say “yes ma’am” and “thank you.”
As we were working on this issue, we also were reminded of the significance of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo — April 8-16.
“Amid the cotton candy and cook-offs, there is a serious side — ensuring the ongoing vitality of our region’s farming economy,” event President Paul Tibaldo said.
Finally, in this issue you’ll notice a new feature called Seaside Style. The feature is an upgrade and makeover of the long-running Closet Confidential. People express their style in more than clothes, and that’s what we aim to capture in Seaside Style.
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