“A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one’s life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself.”
THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO:
“Like any other, the Chihuahuan Desert permeating the lower Big Bend region is one of a hard environment, survived only by equally hardy creatures and plants.
Those termed as creatures would surely include the species of man, especially those who came early on. With the availability of water being one of the prime ingredients in this continual struggle, an inordinate amount of past human activity is found in the Tornillo Basin.
Life was never easy in the lower Big Bend, and ample evidence of this never-ending battle abounds. Ruins, shelters, dikes, diggings, rusting barbed wire, worn trails and gravesites of all sizes are present here, all in numbers that would shock the average passerby who only views the Tornillo from afar.
One of my favorite authors, Louis L’Amour, wrote a series of short stories that were ultimately compiled and entitled ‘The Strong Shall Live.’ Coincidentally enough L’Amour spent some time in the lower Big Bend, and wrote some of his short stories using this singular land as a backdrop.
“The Strong Shall Live.” Anyone who knows anything about the history of this country would agree those few words pretty much sums that history up.
And that sometimes being strong was still not enough.”
–Ben H. English ‘Out There: Essays on the Lower Big Bend’
AUTHOR’S NOTE: I would like to thank every one of my readers for their continuing encouragement and support. Because of them, in four short years I have had three books published and my fourth, ‘The Uvalde Raider,’ is being readied for release. In that I have received a good deal of recognition and several awards for my writing and have signed a long term, multi-book contract. Again, I credit my readers for these successes for without them, there would be no real reason to write.
Currently I am working on my fifth manuscript, ‘Black and White: Real Stories of the Texas Highway Patrol.’ This is a book that I did not necessarily want to write, but more so strongly felt it needed written. You see, it will not be as much about me as those I served with, many who are no longer with us.
This will not be an easy task. But John F. Kennedy once said that a nation “reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”
These were honorable men, and women, worth remembering…
God bless to all,
Ben H. English
Author of ‘Yonderings’ (TCU Press)
‘Destiny’s Way’ (Creative Texts Publishers)
‘Out There: Essays on the Lower Big Bend’ (Creative Texts Publishers)
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