Select published writings and related media from across the years.

Read about the Ristow family and their experiences during and after the Bastrop wildfire at ht​tps://rist​owfamily.wordpress.com

Texas LIVE | "Six Minutes"
What started as a simple blog post turned into a two-part article for Texas LIVE magazine in 2011.  "Six Minutes" is the first part of the story of Tim Ristow and his family as they rush to flee the raging Bastrop wildfire - with their neighborhood, community and home directly in its path.      
Texas LIVE | "Blessed"
What started as a simple blog post turned into a two-part article for Texas LIVE magazine in 2011 and 2012.  "Blessed" is the continuation of the story of the Ristow family as they evacuate their home in the wake of the  Bastrop wildfire and return again two days later - where they make an amazing discovery.   
Forged in Flames | KUT Radio Special
Produced by Emily Donahue for KUT 90.5 FM radio in Austin, "Forged in Flames" was a radio documentary about the Bastrop wildfire.  The Ristow family was one of many individuals interviewed and featured in the program (you can hear us around the 27:30 mark until about 29:30).

"Forged in Flames" won numerous awards in 2013, including: a 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association for Best Audio News Documentary; 1st Place documentary in the 2013 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Award; and received a Finalist Certificate in the New York Festivals Awards.

Concordia Magazine | "Blessed" Photo
Concordia University Texas, Ristow's alma mater, published the "Blessed" cross photo on the cover photo of their Fall 2011 issue of the university magazine.  
LCMS Blog | "Crossing Jordan" wins award
In 2009, Tim Ristow's documentary "Crossing Jordan: The History & Relocation of Concordia University Texas" was one of 14 works given an "Award of Commendation" by the Concordia Historical Institute of St. Louis.  "Crossing Jordan" won in the cateogy of Non-print Media (DVD) and covered the history and impact of Concordia University Texas in Austin.  The awards are given annually for unique contributions to Lutheran literature or for personal service in the field of Lutheran archival and historical work.   
Concordia Connections | "Remembering Domingo"
This one goes back a ways.  When Tim was a Junior Communication's student at Concordia Lutheran College in Austin, Texas, he was asked by editor Raye Greene to write an article to pay tribute to a beloved worker on the campus' maintenance grounds crew.  "Remembering Domingo" was the result.     
Guideposts  |  June 1985
Wow!  Let's go even further back in time - to high school.  As a junior at Spring High School in Houston, Tim wrote a short story for his creative writing class.  The story chronicled his family's personal experiences during and after Hurricane Allen in south Texas years earlier.  His teacher, Mrs. Sheridan, submitted the stories of the entire class to a short story writing contest sponsored by Guideposts magazine.  While Tim's story didn't place in the top 10 scholarship winners, he was the only one in his class to win - making him one of 21 nationwide submissions to be awarded an "Honorable Mention" - which included the prize of a brand new electric typewriter (remember, this was the '80's).