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

Hate in the U.S.A. Isn’t News

This last week, I wandered around the hills and countryside of West Texas at my annual retreat to Davis Mountains Fitness & Training Camp. There’s little to no internet connection out there; my laptop sat unopened, my phone remained primarily silent (except for the bazillion photos I took of sky, flowers, vistas, campers, these horses).… Continue reading Hate in the U.S.A. Isn’t News

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

Leaving the Lights up for Día de Los Reyes

Normally, I clear out all Christmas decorations immediately after the holiday. That dry-as-bones fir tree is on the curb for recycling at the first possible opportunity; the house gets a good tidying; holiday remnants are economically boxed and stowed for next season.   Usually, I’m welcoming in the new year with nary a holiday bauble… Continue reading Leaving the Lights up for Día de Los Reyes

Ann Arbor Delivers a Christmas Frame of Mind

If only we could share sensory perceptions electronically. Right now, a light but bracingly chill breeze would waft by, ruffling that slightly scratchy woolen scarf warming your neck. A clean, crisp puff of winter air would become visible wispy clouds of vapor with each escaping breath. Take a deep inhale, and green smells–fresh cut fir, boxwood, farm… Continue reading Ann Arbor Delivers a Christmas Frame of Mind

How to Survive Thanksgiving with Politically Opposed Relatives

Did the recent election do a number on your holiday plans? Dreading sharing a table and house with relatives who have strong–and differing–opinions about politics? You’re not alone. According to a recent article in The New York Times, “Political Divides Split Relationships—And Thanksgiving, Too” by Sabrina Tavernise and Katharine Q. Seelye, many American families have taken a political… Continue reading How to Survive Thanksgiving with Politically Opposed Relatives

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

Melania Trump and the Antidote to Social Media’s Toxic Sludge

More and more often, as America pushes ever closer to November’s Day of Reckoning, I’ve found myself curled into the proverbial and literal fetal ball by the toxic sludge that passes for this election season’s social media commentary. Perhaps I’m going full-on ostrich, but popular Twitter hashtags go mostly ignored; clicking usually exposes trolls, misinformation, and… Continue reading Melania Trump and the Antidote to Social Media’s Toxic Sludge