In some ways, the little farming community of Hallettsville where I have spent a writing sabbatical still resides in a simpler time. Czechs and Germans came in the 1800s and brought a culture that remains surprisingly stable. My Dworsky forebears, speaking German while having a Czech surname, fit right in. Today, the stately 1897 courthouse clock tower records the march of time overlooking a square that still contains a bank, two stores for hardware, one for furniture, another for flowers, a single screen movie theater that shows every family flick it can, and Novosad’s Market, one of the best barbecue joints in Texas. At Front Porch Republic