Oprah, We Need to See a Better NFL

Dear Oprah, For so many years, you have exemplified my vision of success. You, after all, inspired me to believe I could be–was, in fact–an athlete. When you took up running, you showed me I could ignore my body’s appearance and embrace its capability. So I walked that 2-mile loop, and then I walked and ran a… Continue reading Oprah, We Need to See a Better NFL

A Backdoor Look at Being on a Homes Tour

This past Saturday, our home was one of seven Austin houses featured by Preservation Austin. What’s it like, you might wonder, having hundreds of people pass through your house? Having been on both sides of the door (visitor and host), I put together this Q&A to perhaps dispel some misconceptions and provide insight. How’d you… Continue reading A Backdoor Look at Being on a Homes Tour

How Much Do You Love Your State Flower?

Texans are passionate about their state. We brag (a lot), threaten to secede (again), and throw around our considerable collective weight (when beneficial). Texas is so big you can drive all day and not cross its borders. The state includes many distinctly different geographic regions: deserts, mountains, giant canyons, fertile valleys, piney woods, coastal areas.… Continue reading How Much Do You Love Your State Flower?

What Happens When You Say ‘Yes’ to Travel

“Be careful what you wish for.” Over a year ago, I set myself up for yes. In particular, saying yes to travel. Being a freelancer, I have ultimate schedule flexibility; having an empty nest (sans our ancient cat), my spouse and I have great freedom. With these things in mind, Hubby took a new job that… Continue reading What Happens When You Say ‘Yes’ to Travel

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

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

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?

Falling in Love with Lemongrass

It’s a typical romance novel contrivance: over the years, two people cultivate a fast friendship. Then something changes. Maybe they take a trip together; perhaps they’re forced to shelter under spreading oak branches during a rainstorm; a new-found love interest creates a problematic threesome. Suddenly, eyes are metaphorically opened. One sees the other, that previously… Continue reading Falling in Love with Lemongrass

Austin’s Runners Make Lasting Connections

If Austin is a small town in a big city, then our running community must be a quirky little neighborhood. Or a bar, full of memorable characters, where everybody knows your name. Back in the day, that bar would’ve been called RunTex. When I first became a runner in the late 90’s, I gravitated toward… Continue reading Austin’s Runners Make Lasting Connections