As someone once observed, you can take a Texan out of the state, but you can’t take the Texas out of a man. The old adage was superbly illustrated as I had the honor of presenting Living Witness to the Texas Exes Chapter residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. On a brilliantly crisp evening at a spectacular country club, we shared stories of our favorite trees. The invigorating desert setting, coupled with a sizzling, New Mexican-flavored feast made for a timeless evening. The desert night ended in perfect fashion, as all rose and joined in an emotional singing of the “Eyes of Texas.” A special thanks go out to the brilliant, multi-talented Cas Milner, my lovely sister, Mary, and Paul Brice for making the event an unforgettable one for me and for helping preserve our natural wonders.