License to Travel

Essay, Parents Magazine, December 1996

... “What’s a passport?,” she asked, her curiosity piqued.
“It’s like a license, a license to travel to other countries.”
“Do you really need it to go to chicken pizza? “Chichén Itzá, dear,” I corrected her, trying to sound worldly, yet maternal.”
See clip of essay here.


Landa Park

Our Kids Magazine – San Antonio, Texas

IMAGINE THIS—a shady water park within 30 miles of San Antonio, which features swimming holes, a well-equipped play area, an arboretum, miniature golf course, choo choo train, a spot for little fishers, paddle boats, picnic tables, and a fast-food restaurant. Meet Landa Park, a city park built to take advantage of the pure, cool water issuing from the Comal Springs in New Braunfels. What this park may lack in the way of sea mammals and giant roller coasters, it more than makes up for in affordability and beauty. …

cc some rights reserved Dan IrizarryAutumn Breaks the Mold in South Texas

Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 5, 1996 Outside my office door a soft breeze blows a shower of pecan leaves, the color of butterscotch, to the ground. A United Nations of butterfly species dance around the dark-red salvia and pale-blue plumbago. One by one, the fig leaves, in no particular hurry, let go their branches. All over the city, people are laying in half-cords of mesquite and oak in hopeful anticipation that the nightly temperature will bring the sort of mild chill that warrants lighting a fire. … archived link