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
Today, April 23, is World Book Day. Oh frabjous joy! Callooh! Callay! Oh, World Book Day’s the real deal. Unlike “Cat Lady Day” or “Miss Work Month,” however celebratory they may seem, WBD is totally legit. However, I’m not blaming you at all for this calendar omission. It’s hard to keep up. In 1995, UNESCO… Continue reading Half a Year of Books by May
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?
It’s award season, people! The Oscars inspired me to single out some of the outstanding performers from Social Media Week Austin, three days packed full of (you guessed it) social media tips, tricks, and triumph. Rather than do an exhaustive–and exhausting–SMWATX recap, I’ve carefully chosen winners in a few key categories. Best Presenter Hands down,… Continue reading And the Social Media Week Austin Oscars Go To….
I love writing a fun recap that marries my reading obsession with travel. But as I sat typing about Caribbean sunshine, leisure time, and vacation reading, today’s light book report felt, well, incongruous. On a normal gray, windy, rain-soaked morning, calling up those St. John images would be a welcome diversion from crappy weather. But… Continue reading Riding Out the Storm with Books
Books are my friends. I turn to them when I need a good cry, laugh, escape from reality, and fun diversion. They teach me things, reinforce beliefs, and introduce a sense of wonder. Some I’ve reread so often their words have become a familiar soothing mantra. When I need to get away, diving into a truly… Continue reading Reading “The Handmaid’s Tale” in 2017 is Scarier Than Ever
One of the hardest things to get right in a gluten-free dish is texture. Especially when preparing favorite foods with a crust. For years, I’ve been constantly on the hunt for good gluten-free pizza. Not pizza I make at home, but pizza we can order in or go out to eat. You know–a treat. My favorite pies exist on… Continue reading 3 Train Pizzeria Delivers NY-Style Slices in ATX
What yearly event causes people to wander around downtown Austin, giddy after up-close-and-personal encounters with idols and in a stupor from dropping hefty amounts of cash? Did you guess South By Southwest? Nope (though, yeah, totally, all of the above’s true about SXSW). I’m talking Texas Book Festival. Texas Book Festival is a local book… Continue reading True Confessions, or What I Bought and Who I Stalked at Texas Book Festival
The world may well be divided into two groups: those who read on a beach vacation and everybody else. The extended Fisher clan recently migrated to the Texas coast for our annual Port Aransas trip, some four days of beach fun and poolside relaxation. Most (and by most, I mean all of my immediate family… Continue reading Beach Reads for Family Trips
I am afraid to touch my orchid. This particular plant has been in bloom since February, when my husband gave it to me for my birthday. He picked the Blue Mystique beauty up at H-E-B, drawn to its gorgeous stalk of darkly colored, slightly purple-tinted blossoms. Because I have a tendency to kill houseplants (one… Continue reading Orchids: Captured Beauty in a Pot