Are You Ready for the White Walkers?

Ah, but it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter waiting for Game of Thrones final season. And if you’re like me, it’s a bit hard to remember what’s going on. After all, the last episode aired on August 27, 2017, almost two years ago. Let’s face it: Remembering last week, let alone the machinations of seven kingdoms,… Continue reading Are You Ready for the White Walkers?

Seeing the Texas Border Situation from Afar

He asked the standard question at the museum ticket counter: “Where are you visiting from?” When I said, “The U.S.–Texas, specifically,” the Singaporean gentleman raised his eyebrows. “Oh! Texas!” he exclaimed. “Are you ready to go to war?” US News Overseas I didn’t know how much I needed a break from America’s toxic political sludge… Continue reading Seeing the Texas Border Situation from Afar

Tokyo Adventures Told Through Cherry Blossoms

“How was your trip to Tokyo?” Words gushed as I told friends rambling stories inspired by memories as I swiped through my photos: “Oh, the guy with the bunny! And then . . . which reminds me of that restaurant . . . but there was this tower . . . wait–I forgot about .… Continue reading Tokyo Adventures Told Through Cherry Blossoms

Fighter Jets and Heart Attacks

When the world feels out of order, I scan the refrigerator, select a recipe, and settle in with “My Favorite Murder” or some tunes, and cook. At this moment, I am writing. Writing is another way I work through intense feelings. In the past, I’d run things out over some hard miles but my body… Continue reading Fighter Jets and Heart Attacks

10 Books that Feature Strong Women

I didn’t consciously make a themed book list. I didn’t diligently sift through recommended titles to select commonalities. But if you look closely at these ten, my first reads for 2019, you’ll find a strong woman somewhere in each one. Books 1–10 in 2019 No. 1: Bird Box by Josh Malerman Did you see the… Continue reading 10 Books that Feature Strong Women

Measuring ROI for SMWATX 2019

I never attended a happy hour. Walked right on by the chatting crowds at the morning breakfast table. That FOMO Factory booth, where attendees snapped brightly colored selfies? The prominently placed step-and-repeat? Nope; no selfies or group shots populate my feed. Nor did I make a bee line for speakers after their sessions. So, you… Continue reading Measuring ROI for SMWATX 2019

I Didn’t Weigh Myself for Two Months

My nutritionist looked at me with a carefully neutral expression before asking, “Do you want me to tell you your weight or not? It’s up to you.” December, before the holidays, was the last time I’d been in the office. She’d given me two tasks then: continue healthy eating and cease weighing. “Healthy eating,” designed… Continue reading I Didn’t Weigh Myself for Two Months

Spring Comes in February

The dark sky glowers. For the last few hours, fast melting sleet has peppered the ground. Mere days ago, I’d pulled on shorts and flung all the windows open, sweating when the night’s low hovered near 70 degrees. Texas weather changes abruptly, and and the needle on this particular February day has swung back toward… Continue reading Spring Comes in February

Freelancing from NYC’s Public Library

Morning sun broke through the clouds to illuminate Manhattan’s gray buildings. Across their tops, I could see water; was that the Hudson River? That Friday morning was turning out to be cool and crisp, a good day to get out on foot and explore. Just one hitch: I had work to do. No problem–I’d combine… Continue reading Freelancing from NYC’s Public Library

Soup’s On for Cold Winter Weather

Brrr! The North Pole is spilling its guts all over the U.S. You know it’s bad when cities like Chicago and Minneapolis, which are used to temperatures we in Austin don’t really believe exist, cancel school, set fire to railroad tracks (really!), and tell people to stay indoors. When the lows dip, I go for… Continue reading Soup’s On for Cold Winter Weather