Benefit for India and William

Online Fundraiser for India and William!

India and William need YOUR help – donate NOW because Terlingua needs India and William to be here and healthy.

India and William Wilson have had some health issues and financial problems since the Covid 19 pandemic began. They had to close their art studio and the places that India put her jams, jellies, pickles, salsas and breads were no longer buying her products because of closures and cutbacks caused by the pandemic. So the extra money they had in the bank has been exhausted to pay their bills.

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Then arose medical issues with their eyes and dental issues with their teeth. With declining vision they decided to spend what was the last of their savings to get their eyes examined. That cost almost a thousand dollars for eye examinations and the needed glasses. They both knew their eyes were bad and have now been told that they both must have surgery. William has Aggressive Cataracts already covering his eyes. He will go blind if this surgery is not done as soon as possible. India has a growth of some sort on one of her eyes that will also require ophthalmic surgery.

They have arranged to have some one take them to El Paso so they will need expense money for the needed trips and lodging in El Paso. To raise money they had a sale at their gift shop and raised as much as they could but that was still not enough money to pay for everything.

Both William and India now also have dental issues that need immediate attention. William had some dental repairs done and this was followed by some breakage causing a need for much more dental work. India also has dental problems which she believes will need for five teeth to be pulled.

Medicare will pay for part of the eye surgery costs but it will still cost India and William at least $3,000 out-of-pocket. Dental costs have not been calculated but they will in all likelihood be substantial.

For many years India and William have given generously to the community in many ways. It is now time, and an opportunity for the community to give back to help them in this time of need.

Terlingua: We Take Care of Our Own –
we are a community.

Donate now:

Your community needs your help.

TerlinguaCares is a non-profit organization that operates under the umbrella of the Big Bend Citizens Alliance (BBCA), a 501 (c) 3.  All money donated to TerlinguaCares is disbursed to residents in need as the need arises.

TerlinguaCares has paid for doctors, x-rays, travel expenses, food, education expenses, orphanage in OJ, food for the food bank, psychological help for orphans, Boquilas Christmas, motels for people getting chemotherapy, gas to the doctor’s office or hospital…

It’s amazing how much good we, as a community, can do with just a little money.

Due to ongoing community needs, TerlinguaCares needs to raise some more money to give away.

There will be a music festival fund-raiser featuring local, and possibly not-so-local talent very soon to raise money for our ongoing projects. There will be silent auctions, food, baked goods, etc. in addition to all-day music performances.

The date will announced as soon as we’ve finalized a few more details.

In the meantime, if you’re not in the area or want to help now, click the DONATE button above.

If you have questions or want to participate contact Pat O’Bryan via Facebook or at koanwrangler (at) gmail (dot) com.



A Portable Lifestyle?

(I’m just going to put this out there because it will make me actually get off my ass and do this thing. feel free to rag me about it.)

To quote Billy Joel, “You may be right. I may be crazy.” But, like Willie Nelson said, “If you ain’t a little bit crazy there’s something wrong with you.”

I’m probably not irretrievably out where the buses don’t run, but I am in the mood for some changes. I just kinda looked up and most of my friends have taken dead or are absent. Stuff that used to matter a lot doesn’t any more and it may be getting towards that time where if I’m gonna check off any more items on my bucket list I’d best get to moving.

As far as I know, I’m in good health. But, I do notice that I see obits for people who have moved on that are younger than I am- and nobody’s saying they died tragically young. Not being morbid, here, just looking at it. Continue reading “A Portable Lifestyle?”

Butch Hancock Art at the Starlight Theatre

Monday, June 5, 2017 – Butch Hancock art show in Terlingua.

I would have been there anyway, as it turns out I was booked to play a “Blue Monday” show at the Starlight that night anyway, so, with guitars and camera…

A lot of people who showed up for Butch’s show- some of whom have known Butch a long time- didn’t know he was an artist. He’s also an architect, record label head, playwright, actor, songwriter, performer, river guide, and, I suspect, anything else he wants to be. You don’t meet many real polymaths in real life. Butch is one.

A polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs, “having learned much”) is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.

After sound check but before the restaurant opened, Butch was showing me around. There’s a photo he took on Hallowe’en in 1985 on 6th Street in Austin – the photo is pretty amazing, but the way Butch took it is, to me, even more amazing. Continue reading “Butch Hancock Art at the Starlight Theatre”

McMercy Family Band at the Starlight Theatre

Tongue in cheek gospel group, the McMercy Family Band, performed their 9th consecutive Easter Sunday concert.


Trevor Reichman and friends started the show, Marc Utter and Jeff Haislip entertained on the patio, The Lonesome Heroes were the opening act on the main stage, and then the McMercy Family band took the stage.

Here’s what it looked like…

you should probably make plans to be at the Starlight next Easter.

a very cool sound- musical saw.
Trevor Reichman and friends
Trevor Reichman and friends

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Mark Kneeskern Memorial Art Party – 2016

Last night was the 3rd (?) annual Mark Kneeskern Memorial Art Party/Auction at the Starlight Theatre in Terlingua, Texas.

All art you see in the pics, and more, is available to purchase. Proceeds go to a fund to finance various art-related charitable activities including free art lessons for local children, scholarships, art supplies, etc.

I’ll add more detail later, but here’s how it looked to me.

You’re welcome to share these photos for any non-commercial purpose. (right-click (ctrl-click on Mac), “save image as”)


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Boquillas Christmas 2016 – Santa Needs Your Help!


THANK YOU!  Your donations of over $1,500 are going to make for a very merry Christmas for the children of Boquillas.

You can still donate to “Terlingua Cares,” the local non-profit, by clicking the donate button.

Santa rowing to Boquillas.

For the last 13 years, long-time Terlingua resident Marcos Paredes has taken food and presents to the children of Boquillas on Christmas Day. Marcos and some of his friends and neighbors have bought presents for the children plus turkeys and hams for their families, and delivered them personally.

This is a wonderful tradition. For it to continue, we need to pitch in.

x3Although there is now a legal border crossing into Boquillas, tourism is way down from where it used to be and without our efforts these children will not have much of a Christmas.

This year, Santa needs some help again. He needs your help so that our less fortunate neighbors to the South can celebrate Christmas.

x6You can help by donating using the button below. Your money will go to Terlingua Cares, which is associated with the Big Bend Citizen’s Alliance (a 501.c.3 non-profit organization based in Terlingua, Texas), and all funds raised will go to pay for gifts and food for the children of Boquillas.

If you’d like written confirmation of your donation for tax purposes, contact me (Pat O’Bryan) at koanwrangler (at) gmail (dot) com.



Exploring Ojinaga

From Terlingua to Ojinaga is a 62 mile drive across some of the most beautiful scenery in Texas.

Hwy 170 - River Road - between Terlingua and Presidio
Hwy 170 – River Road – between Terlingua and Presidio

Ojinaga sits just across the Rio Grande from Presidio, Texas. The drive itself is a destination – people come from all over the world to drive River Road. At the end of the drive is an adventure and really good food.

Entering Mexico
Entering Mexico

This was my 4th trip to OJ and my 2nd solo trip. When I ask locals what there is to do in OJ, the answer is always Continue reading “Exploring Ojinaga”