“No memory is ever alone; it’s at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their citations.”
“In the past twenty years or so, it seems the world has finally discovered the enduring magic and magnificence of the Big Bend country in Texas. As with anything else akin to progress, such changes in the binding seam for the spirit of land leads to unintended consequences.
For each gain, there is an accompanying loss and often enough the scales become unbalanced if no one speaks for the past, and those who came before. Though I am now only reaching my sixtieth year, my family first came to the Big Bend some one hundred and forty years ago. Presently, six generations of my clan have called these mountains and desert home.
More so, they had an active and abiding curiosity as well as respect for this land, and the people who came prior. An adage in our family is if you want to know where you are going, you must first know where you are coming from.
As the decades passed by and those family members have passed on, by necessity I became a repository for those memories and stories. Only recently have I began writing about them, along with so many others who can no longer speak for themselves. This has been a labour of love on my part, paired with the feeling of a deep responsibility in doing so.
It is my sincerest wish that you, the reader, take these stories and the associated lessons learned to heart. You collectively represent the future of the Big Bend, a future that if shaped properly must contain the fading images of the past.
May God be with you in such a vital endeavour, and guide you and those like you in the decisions you make. This country has always had a penchant for the forming of its people. Yet it is the people, in turn, who give it the defining aroma for its singular flavour.”…
–Ben H. English ‘Out There: Essays on the Lower Big Bend”
THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION:
Since the release of my third book, many have asked about an audio version. After all, it was my first offering available in hardback, as well as softcover and in electronic format, thanks to the faith of my publisher for my work.
That supposition is now a reality. I am pleased to announce an audio version of ‘Out There’ was released this week on Amazon Audible as well as iTunes.
Though Creative Texts has several professional readers on staff, they thought it appropriate for me to do the narration. This proved to be a steep learning curve as I had never attempted such before. But after some two weeks of learning the basics and over three months sitting in a windowless studio, the unfamiliar task was accomplished.
With a listening length of over ten hours, you will be able to step into my boots and travel vicariously into many of the more remote spots in the lower Big Bend. Via Amazon, you can even click a link and listen to part of my narrative to make a better judgement before purchasing.
In closing I would like to thank Creative Texts Publishers for the opportunity, my wife Cathy for her advice and patience and you, my readers, for your continuing encouragement and support.
Again, without you, there would be little reason to write.
Please feel free to share and 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)
‘The Uvalde Raider’ (Creative Texts Publishers)
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