The Flower Cap Cult

Like any self-respecting cult, ours has a charismatic leader. Our matching flower caps were her idea. We’re a loud bunch, anonymous in the dark. Because that’s when we dip into Austin’s Barton Springs pool. Before the sun rises, while the moon still watches; before dedicated swimmers knock out pre-work laps; before entrance fees are collected;… Continue reading The Flower Cap Cult

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

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

Sometimes, You Need to Let the Weeds Grow to Find the Good

“The universe is clearly trying to tell you something. Now you just have to figure out what.”                 Tacos and Time with a Friend Many of the things I love in life–good food, friends, thoughtful conversation–are rolled up in “taco time” with Courtenay. Two or three years ago,… Continue reading Sometimes, You Need to Let the Weeds Grow to Find the Good

Birthday Wall of Honor is a Favorite Family Tradition

One of our family’s favorite traditions started with a 40th birthday, party invitations, and a blank wall. I was throwing a birthday bash for my hubby, James, and I’d planned original invitations (you know, a made-of-paper, put-in-the-mail-with-a-stamp kind of thing) with a nod to artist Andy Warhol: six prints of the same photo, each in… Continue reading Birthday Wall of Honor is a Favorite Family Tradition

How Running Can Help with Blogger’s Block

Yesterday, I was walking with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. She’s also a writer, and we were catching up with each other’s word-based life while circling around Austin’s Lady Bird Lake on a gloriously cool spring morning. We laughed sheepishly over a common failure–for the last month, we’d both been AWOL from our… Continue reading How Running Can Help with Blogger’s Block

The Only One Who Stopped Was a Homeless Man

I was slumped over the steering wheel, trying to catch my breath and calm my nerves, when he knocked on the driver’s side window. “Girl,” he said, “Are you okay? I saw what happened and I just had to come see if you were okay.” It was 7AM. I’d just left that morning’s predawn workout in downtown Austin–we’d… Continue reading The Only One Who Stopped Was a Homeless Man

Melania Trump and the Antidote to Social Media’s Toxic Sludge

More and more often, as America pushes ever closer to November’s Day of Reckoning, I’ve found myself curled into the proverbial and literal fetal ball by the toxic sludge that passes for this election season’s social media commentary. Perhaps I’m going full-on ostrich, but popular Twitter hashtags go mostly ignored; clicking usually exposes trolls, misinformation, and… Continue reading Melania Trump and the Antidote to Social Media’s Toxic Sludge

2016’s Best Halloween Costume Looks a Lot Like Me

When was the last time a Halloween costume made you giddy with happiness? My answer: October 2016 It’s a simple costume—I pulled out a black skirt, light-weight shirt, and jacket. All it took to finish my look was a trip to Sam Moon, always rewarding, for two $5 necklaces, a cool brooch ($11—sale FINAL!), and some… Continue reading 2016’s Best Halloween Costume Looks a Lot Like Me