Author: Justin Walker

Messina Hof’s Wine and Roses Festival

There are some iconic scenes in television history that revolve around grape stomping. Look back to the episode of “I Love Lucy,” where Lucy tries to prepare for a movie role by visiting an Italian vineyard, stomping (and falling) into the grapes with all her might. Or more recently, when an Atlanta television reporter covering a local wine event fell several feet from the platform, becoming an overnight internet sensation. While you may not make it on television, here’s your chance to experience the joy that is grape stomping. “The 2018 Wine & Roses Festival” will take place on...

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Movie Review: A Quiet Place

Silence can be deafening. In today’s society, noise is a fact of life. We take for granted the ability to take a step without fear of a creaky floor. The most troubling aspect of dropping a glass object is, and  should be, the shattered glass, not the piercing sound it makes. And if we so happen to step on a nail, by all means, we have the luxury of screaming out in agony. So what if you lived in a world of silence, unable to make even the slightest noise? “A Quiet Place” answers that for us, and the...

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App Review: Waving

Dating is hard. Online dating was supposed to help, but honestly, it’s made things more complicated. Tinder, Bumble and the like have made it almost impossible to get your personality across. Instead it’s all visual. And what little we can write about ourselves in those spaces gives very little insight into who we are. Enter a new and unique dating app: Waving. In the app, users upload audio recordings of themselves instead of selfies and professional headshots. You can talk about yourself in a way that fits your personality. It’s often hard to portray yourself through the written word,...

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Exclusive Interview: Bubba Bush

When one door closes, another door opens. But for Bubba Bush, the door was kicked, punched and knocked out from the frame. At the age of 12, Bush started wrestling competitively and continued to do so through high school. While attending Texas A&M University and serving in the Corps of Cadets, Bush missed the mats and decided to join a mixed martial arts gym. “I started training with Brazos Valley Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness in 2006,” he said. “I loved it. I remembered what it was like to be on the mats.” Nine months later, Bush decided to...

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Orchard Tours at Royalty Pecan Farms

It is said that every American is at most three generations removed from the farm, which explains a lot of the misconceptions that circle around agriculture. Many farmers and ranchers want nothing more than to correct those misunderstandings, so welcoming people out to the farm for a chance to see the real happenings is extremely important. Local wine is in ever-growing demand, and it seems that more and more Texas wines appear on the market daily. Viticulture is rapidly expanding in the Lone Star State, and as long as Texans have pride in their state, these homegrown wines will...

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