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Bless Your Heart: Guide Offers Tips on How to be a Texan

Native Houstonian and Texas Monthly online editor Andrea Valdez has written the forthcoming book How To Be a Texan: The Manual. It’s a not-so-serious guide to the things we do and say in the Lone Star state. It stemmed from 40-plus columns she’d written about what it means to be a Texan. The book includes […]

How to Be a Texan Book CoverNative Houstonian and Texas Monthly online editor Andrea Valdez has written the forthcoming book How To Be a Texan: The Manual.

It's a not-so-serious guide to the things we do and say in the Lone Star state. It stemmed from 40-plus columns she’d written about what it means to be a Texan.

The book includes things such as explanations of phraseology. For example: a true Texan would be pretty cattywampus if he or she didn’t like Dr Pepper. There’s also a dress code for Texans. And there’s help with the pronunciation of things like Houston’s Kuykendahl Rd.

Maggie Martin talks with Valdez about the guide. Bless her heart.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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