New Sidewalks to Make a More Walkable Cherrywood

An avid trail runner, I travel by my own two feet whenever possible. Nine years ago, when my husband and I were deciding where to relocate within Austin, walkability was a primary concern. We settled on Cherrywood, an established neighborhood in central east Austin, where three different grocery stores, numerous parks, banks, the public library,… Continue reading New Sidewalks to Make a More Walkable Cherrywood

Mixing Reading, Trails, and Politics into 1 Impassioned Discussion

The universe sometimes provides a thought-provoking cocktail of issues that beg the question: was this a divine plan, or did I just randomly connect some dots? This week’s discussion mix: books, trail adventures, and wilderness politics. Let’s Start with Books I find reading well-written nonfiction to be a pure joy. Two books that fit this… Continue reading Mixing Reading, Trails, and Politics into 1 Impassioned Discussion

2016 DNC Proves Politics Isn’t Just an Old Person Thing

The Sanders campaign has given me hope. Hope that my passion for this year’s Democratic National Convention isn’t just some hormonal middle-aged fixation. True, I’m 54. Yes, my hormones are raging (at least, some of the time). And I’ve been fixated on the 2016 DNC, alright. Get Off My Lawn Politics When I watched snippets… Continue reading 2016 DNC Proves Politics Isn’t Just an Old Person Thing

Geeky Interactive Map Fun

If I were given a map and dropped naked in the jungle, the results wouldn’t be pretty. Not because I couldn’t fashion rudimentary garments, craft tools and weapons, or utilize arcane bits of survival wisdom. No, it would be because I’d wander fruitlessly, killed by my lack of basic map skills. Which makes it so surprising that… Continue reading Geeky Interactive Map Fun

Just Not Sports Puts Online Harassment on Blast

Do you kiss your mother with those fingers? I’m updating the adage about cursing for the keyboard age. People these days are typing stuff no one should have to read. And often, it’s female journalists who pay an ugly price for doing their job. A Woman Writer in a Man’s Sports World Online harassment is a real phenomenon,… Continue reading Just Not Sports Puts Online Harassment on Blast

Would You Commit an Endurance Racer’s Ultimate Sin?

There is one aspect to racing guaranteed to bring me to an absolute Tazmanian devil fever-pitch full-on boil. Cheating. In particular, course cutting. My husband chuckled over his coffee because I was in full Taz mode, talking aloud to the  New York Times spread before me. (Clearly, he doesn’t mind this early morning behavior or we wouldn’t… Continue reading Would You Commit an Endurance Racer’s Ultimate Sin?