True Confessions, or What I Bought and Who I Stalked at Texas Book Festival

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 Right Hat Gives Derby Day Confidence

Mint juleps and the run for the roses may make up sport’s most exciting two minutes, but choosing an outfit for a Kentucky Derby party could spell disaster. Who wears hats these days? Thankfully, I had two local experts to help me dress for my first Kentucky Derby party at Austin’s lovely Hotel Ella. Pick… Continue reading The Right Hat Gives Derby Day Confidence

What Do SXSW, President Obama, and Cuba Have In Common?

Answer: They’ve been talking about racism. For the past week, the news has been full of the Obamas’ historic visit to Cuba. In today’s New York Times, a moving article described the powerful impact of the president’s most recent appearance there (“Obama Looks Past Cuba’s Post-Racial Veneer” by Damien Cave). According to Cave’s article, an… Continue reading What Do SXSW, President Obama, and Cuba Have In Common?

A Book Nerd Cooks with Ruth Reichl

Are you a book nerd? Book nerds have multiple copies of the same book because the newer edition is just so cool. They wonder why anyone needs a “read 52 books in 52 weeks” challenge. Reading materials pile up everywhere, and “books” constitute an impressive slice of the budget pie graph. Should contact with an actual… Continue reading A Book Nerd Cooks with Ruth Reichl

The Difference a Decade Makes in Women’s Running Books

While ringing up my purchases, the helpful clerk at BookPeople asked conversationally, “Did you find everything you were looking for?” Sighing wearily, I responded, “Yes, I did. That one book I came to get . . . and these four others I couldn’t help buying.” Books are my crack. The most successful way to deal with… Continue reading The Difference a Decade Makes in Women’s Running Books

Working Out with BlueAvocado’s Re(Zip) Storage Bags

Confession: I am something of a neat freak (which, by the way, is completely different from a clean freak. While I like to put stuff away, my oven doesn’t sparkle and the bathroom grout could use a good once-over with a toothbrush). Everything should have its place, and my heart sings when it encounters an… Continue reading Working Out with BlueAvocado’s Re(Zip) Storage Bags