Celebrating a Life with Moments of Grace

Snow crunched between asphalt and shoe tread, my breath muffled in the scratchy warmth of a wool wrap. For this Texas girl, six-plus inches and a morning temperature hovering at 10 degrees Fahrenheit were quite the novelty. I’d arrived in Illinois just prior to that mid-January snowfall. Each day, I eagerly bundled up for a… Continue reading Celebrating a Life with Moments of Grace

Can I Give Mother’s Day a Bye?

I’ve been stomping around in a grumpy funk, stewing over small slights (did he REALLY just leave that coffee cup at the sink instead of putting it in the dishwasher?), cursing bad drivers, and gnashing my teeth in frustration over work. This afternoon, while writing my grocery store list, I finally realized the reason behind… Continue reading Can I Give Mother’s Day a Bye?

Going the Distance in Marathons & Marriage

Hubby and I love a date night celebration, and we were out on Friday, dressed to the nines, in full empty nester foodie mode. We were trying one of Austin’s amazing downtown restaurants, Counter3.Five.VII. Yes, it’s a clunky name but it’s illustrative. The seating area is a u-shaped counter, so that diners rub elbows as they… Continue reading Going the Distance in Marathons & Marriage

First-Day-of-School Cookies Never Grow Old

Food, they say, is love. A long-standing tradition at our house is first-day-of-school cookies. I’m not sure if this yearly treat started out for the kids or for me. True, there’s nothing better than the smell of freshly-baked, homemade cookies when you walk in the front door, but there’s something incredibly relaxing about baking in… Continue reading First-Day-of-School Cookies Never Grow Old

Putting the “Oh, Shit” Moment In Midlife

The big news yesterday was Vanity Fair’s digital reveal of the magazine’s upcoming Caitlyn Jenner story. The cover image, shot by famed portraitist Annie Liebovitz, was breathtaking and captivating on many levels: pure curiosity, artistic appreciation, and fashion sense. Because it was THE topic for the day, it was easy to stumble into additional coverage… Continue reading Putting the “Oh, Shit” Moment In Midlife