Pushing Boundaries By Publishing

I went out for happy hour with some good girlfriends. Sweet Julie always asks, “What are you writing these days?” and so I talked a bit about the essay in progress  (“Can I Be Absolved of Gentrification?” that went up on Medium.com later in the evening). What I didn’t discuss: my halting fear about publishing it.… Continue reading Pushing Boundaries By Publishing

Fried Turkey Bones Give Winter Soup A Tasty Base

I’m a cold weather lover. So when this morning’s temperature dropped from a muggy 75+ degrees (it’s December, dammit!) to a steely 55 degrees in a the space of an hour, the day looked fabulous. Windows open! The possibility of jeans without sweat! Dare I hope–a jacket? SWEET. Naturally, I wanted something hot to eat.… Continue reading Fried Turkey Bones Give Winter Soup A Tasty Base

Feeding My Soul with a Trail

There isn’t much fall in Central Texas, but the flame leaf sumac smoldered bronze, rust, and gold against the green of Ashe junipers and wayward ligustrum. That November morning wasn’t even cold. More like muggy with a faint patina of mist. There hadn’t been any real rain but as we’d stopped to assess the fork… Continue reading Feeding My Soul with a Trail

Ten Days and Three Talks by Inspiring Women

In the last two weeks, I’ve gotten goose bumps, shed a few tears, and had my ass kicked thanks to these three women. Each shared some particularly stirring thoughts and moved me mightily through talks at conferences. Stephanie Carls Get Smart 2017 was a big day for me. In that afternoon conference, I wore several… Continue reading Ten Days and Three Talks by Inspiring Women

Grow Your Own Passion Fruit

My life is no Disney movie, but little woodland creatures taught me a lesson this weekend. Based on discarded rinds littering the garden, it’s time to eat. Thank you, furry friends; I’d been clueless about passion fruit. Passionflower: More than Pretty About a year ago, I planted a passionflower vine in a sunny spot along my… Continue reading Grow Your Own Passion Fruit

Give Me Liberty and a Weekend in Boston Anytime

Quick: list your top five “quintessentially American cities.” By “quintessentially American,” I mean that people outside the United States would also unhesitatingly  produce these names (whether or not they–or their American counterpoints–could locate or recognize corresponding states). I bet good money Boston made your Top Five. “The Cradle of Liberty” is chock full of American… Continue reading Give Me Liberty and a Weekend in Boston Anytime

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Texas Conference for Women

Bad news, Austin. If you waited to buy your 2017 Texas Conference for Women ticket, you are out of luck. The one-day, November 2 event sold out, oh, weeks ago. Or was it months ago? I freely admit to being a conference geek. [Oh, I’m all over a good conference! Currently, I’m working hard, organizing… Continue reading 10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Texas Conference for Women

Does Cam Newton Have a Mama?

Routes. I’ve said the word outloud a couple of times now. It doesn’t make me laugh. You try. Now, how about “Running routes”–is this more amusing? Are you laughing? What if I put “routes” into a complete thought and a follow-up question: “Devin Funchess has really seemed to embrace the physicality of his routes and… Continue reading Does Cam Newton Have a Mama?

Weeding Out That Blog Comment Spam

Good day! Thank you for reading my most magnificent pleasing thread post! Those two sentences either have you laughing or closing my post before the final exclamation point. Scratching your head? Well, you’re lucky. You must not be familiar with blog comment spam. Hello, Spammers! Goodbye, Spam! I’ve been wading through a fair amount of… Continue reading Weeding Out That Blog Comment Spam

Outlander, Cycling, a Newspaper Article, Austin Workouts, and the Universe

Do people orchestrate magical connections? Or, somedays, do our tiny human intellects simply realize that these grand scale connect-a-dot relationships exist? Perhaps it’s a combination of both–on lucky days, the universe allows a glimpse of complex relationships between small and intertwined human experiences. You know: it’s the whole “7 degrees of separation” thing, that party… Continue reading Outlander, Cycling, a Newspaper Article, Austin Workouts, and the Universe