It’s not like I actively stalk my creative neighbors but damn if I don’t love meeting people in the ‘hood who make things. Take, for instance, the morning I was picking up a treat for my honey at Bennu Coffee. The friendly barista knew the apron-clad woman ordering after me and solicitously asked how work… Continue reading Getting to Know Cherrywood’s Artists
Disclaimer: I was sent an advance reader copy and paid to write the following review, which reflects my honest, expert opinion and desire to provide quality evaluation for book lovers. I am not affiliated in any way with this book’s sales. What do you get when you mix a literature-loving protagonist possessing secret powers with… Continue reading “Evolution of a Young Man in Love” Is Not Your Average Novel
I walked out into the warm sunshine, wrapped in a post-massage fuzzy haze, when the hummingbird stopped, hovering at eye level. We looked at each other for a still second before he sped away. Sinking down into the nearby rough-hewn wooden chair conveniently nestled among the fragrant, potted herbs, I breathed deeply. In slow motion,… Continue reading New Mexico’s Mystical Powers Infuse Stones and Pools at Ojo Caliente
You know that overwhelmed feeling, when crafting a “to do” list might as well be writing The Great American Novel? When starting seems to immediately lead to the edge of a bottomless pit of tasks? When getting nothing done becomes the easier option? I’ve spent the last few months up to my eyeballs in an… Continue reading Too Much To Write About Is Worse Than Not Enough
Hot summer days, beach chairs, leisure time…all are improved with a good book. This year, I’ve committed to #52booksin52weeks. Not because I find it hard to make time to read. No, I’ve always got a book in hand or stacked, waiting, by the bedside. There’s a more basic reason for noting which books I’ve finished… Continue reading Looking for a Book to Read?
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
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
Sweat stained the woman’s gray tank top. I watched her reflection in the gym mirror as she carefully executed one bicep curl after another. I glared before turning away. “Ugh,” I sneered in disgust, the words floating inside an ugly cartoon thought bubble. “How did you get to look like that?” As our coach gently… Continue reading Weight Gain and Self Shaming Go Hand in Hand
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?