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Around the Square
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012

Texas—A Whole Other Country.The Lone Star State.Because it’s a former independent republic.Unlike any other state.Six flags have flown over these 268,820 square miles.Spain.France.Mexico.Republic of Texas.United States of America.Then Texas seceded.And flew the Confederate States of America flag for five years.Then Texas was readmitted to the Union in 1865.And Old Glory has flown ever since.Along with the Lone Star flag.Though many today would prefer to secede again.We’d probably survive just fine.Oil and gas.Ports for trade.One hundred man-made lakes.Fifteen major rivers.And the gulf—all for fishing.A plethora of deer and hogs for hunting.Soil for sowing and growing.Cotton.Coastal.Cattle.Sheep and goats.Grapes and pecans.Onions and potatoes.Grapefruit and tomatoes.Rice and melons.Tortillas and chilies.Cabrito and pollo.Yep, we got it all.Cement and crushed stone. Lime and salt.Sand and gravel.BBQ and honey bees.Beer and wine.Vodka and whiskey.Ice cream and pralines.All produced in Texas by Texans for Texans (and beyond).We’ve got the second largest population of millionaires in the U.S.And three of the 10 largest cities in the U.S.We’ve got prestigious colleges and universities.Football, basketball, tennis, and golf.Musicians and singers.Writers and artists.Actors and film.Symphonies and ballet.Birdwatching and rodeos.NASA and Whole Foods.Museums and libraries.World-class shopping.World-renowned medical centers.International airports.And we got religion.We’re high tech and down home.In high cotton or in a drouth.We shoot first and drive friendly.We’re both the South and the Southwest.The state that can stand on its own.That’s Texas.That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square www.reneewalkerwriterpoet.com

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