As the newest blogger to grace the hallowed grounds of the Texas Culture Hub, I thought it fitting to introduce myself a bit, give you the lowdown on where I'm coming from (literally and figuratively speaking, folks) and tell you a little bit about the fledgling posts that I'm leading off with this week. 

First off, like many of you, I'm a tried and true Texan. I love every nook and cranny of this great state, from the Corral Theatre in Wimberly to the legendary music (and lack of air conditioning) that emanates from Gruene Hall. This big, eccentric and utterly fascinating Lone Star State has always held a special place in my heart. 

In fact, I love it so much that I've spent the last decade of my life writing about it. All of it. The good and the bad, the quirky and the mainstream. If it exudes a Texas flavor, it's a ripe subject for me to discuss, rave about and mull over. I could be grooving to the jazz and blues-infused rhythms of Lyle Lovett or chasing down chorizo-stuffed jalapeƱ doesn't matter. Nothing says home to me like the warm weather and Southern appeal that Texas holds. 

So, to start off my time here at the Hub, I wanted to post a couple of my past pieces to give you a sense of what interests me, what some of my posts might look like going forward, and to get your opinion. I'm kicking things off with a piece on one of my favorite subjects: FOOD. Tex-Mex, in particular. Got your attention? Good! Give it a read and let me know what you think.

Lastly, seeing as how it's that time of year again, I thought I might attempt to lure you into a trip down a foggy passageway, or through a dark hallway by taking a look at some of the most spine-tingling haunted houses that litter the metroplex during this time of year. So, gather your nerves and click on Haunted Texas if you'd like a taste of some of the creepiest goings-on around town this October.

That's all for now, my fellow Hubbers. I'm glad to be a part of the Texas Culture Hub and the Tumbleweed TexStyles family, and I hope to hear more from you as I continue. Now grab a cold one and get to reading!

 - Richard Dennis

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