A Backdoor Look at Being on a Homes Tour

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

How Much Do You Love Your State Flower?

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?

Pushing Boundaries By Publishing

I went out for happy hour with some good girlfriends. Sweet Julie always asks, “What are you writing these days?” and so I talked a bit about the essay in progress  (“Can I Be Absolved of Gentrification?” that went up on Medium.com later in the evening). What I didn’t discuss: my halting fear about publishing it.… Continue reading Pushing Boundaries By Publishing

Feeding My Soul with a Trail

There isn’t much fall in Central Texas, but the flame leaf sumac smoldered bronze, rust, and gold against the green of Ashe junipers and wayward ligustrum. That November morning wasn’t even cold. More like muggy with a faint patina of mist. There hadn’t been any real rain but as we’d stopped to assess the fork… Continue reading Feeding My Soul with a Trail

Ten Days and Three Talks by Inspiring Women

In the last two weeks, I’ve gotten goose bumps, shed a few tears, and had my ass kicked thanks to these three women. Each shared some particularly stirring thoughts and moved me mightily through talks at conferences. Stephanie Carls Get Smart 2017 was a big day for me. In that afternoon conference, I wore several… Continue reading Ten Days and Three Talks by Inspiring Women

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Texas Conference for Women

Bad news, Austin. If you waited to buy your 2017 Texas Conference for Women ticket, you are out of luck. The one-day, November 2 event sold out, oh, weeks ago. Or was it months ago? I freely admit to being a conference geek. [Oh, I’m all over a good conference! Currently, I’m working hard, organizing… Continue reading 10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Texas Conference for Women

Outlander, Cycling, a Newspaper Article, Austin Workouts, and the Universe

Do people orchestrate magical connections? Or, somedays, do our tiny human intellects simply realize that these grand scale connect-a-dot relationships exist? Perhaps it’s a combination of both–on lucky days, the universe allows a glimpse of complex relationships between small and intertwined human experiences. You know: it’s the whole “7 degrees of separation” thing, that party… Continue reading Outlander, Cycling, a Newspaper Article, Austin Workouts, and the Universe

Austin’s Runners Make Lasting Connections

If Austin is a small town in a big city, then our running community must be a quirky little neighborhood. Or a bar, full of memorable characters, where everybody knows your name. Back in the day, that bar would’ve been called RunTex. When I first became a runner in the late 90’s, I gravitated toward… Continue reading Austin’s Runners Make Lasting Connections

10 Reasons to Work Out with Project Austin

Back in January 2017, my friend Ginny launched a campaign to get me to this free M/W/F workout she’d fallen in love with. “Everybody’s so nice,” she said. “I gotta warn you, though…there’s hugging.” And–because this was Ginny–the workout was, naturally, first thing in the morning. These days, it takes a lot to get me… Continue reading 10 Reasons to Work Out with Project Austin

Walking in Dr. King’s Footsteps at Austin’s Women’s March

Even though politics seems to be all anyone wants to talk about these days, it’s been hard to know exactly what to say. I’ve got drafts and drafts of half-finished pieces, all of them wrong. I intended to do an inaugural edition of my “How to Stuff a Donald Trump Piñata” (would you believe it’s… Continue reading Walking in Dr. King’s Footsteps at Austin’s Women’s March