When was the last time a Halloween costume made you giddy with happiness? My answer: October 2016 It’s a simple costume—I pulled out a black skirt, light-weight shirt, and jacket. All it took to finish my look was a trip to Sam Moon, always rewarding, for two $5 necklaces, a cool brooch ($11—sale FINAL!), and some… Continue reading 2016’s Best Halloween Costume Looks a Lot Like Me
I made it through the second presidential debate without benefit of a drinking game. The next morning, I busted out a piece (“What ‘Criminal Minds’ Tells About Donald Trump’s Sniff”), which I later shared on Facebook. Taking a look at the Donald’s nasal commentary seemed a relatively light-hearted analysis, and I felt I’d gotten the… Continue reading The Double Bind Behind Hillary Clinton’s Smile
The Sanders campaign has given me hope. Hope that my passion for this year’s Democratic National Convention isn’t just some hormonal middle-aged fixation. True, I’m 54. Yes, my hormones are raging (at least, some of the time). And I’ve been fixated on the 2016 DNC, alright. Get Off My Lawn Politics When I watched snippets… Continue reading 2016 DNC Proves Politics Isn’t Just an Old Person Thing
My heart broke as I watched Diamond Reynold’s video capturing the immediate aftermath of Philando Castile’s shooting during a routine traffic stop. I didn’t think my heart could hurt any more until I learned that Dallas police officers had been ambushed and gunned down by a sniper. This circle of racial violence must stop. More… Continue reading What I Can Do about Racism
Sweet fresh peaches. Homemade ice cream. Corn on the cob. Birthday slices of watermelon. Tangy blackberry cobbler. Triple E BBQ. A sip of something cool. Warm wrap of a towel after a swim. Hypnotic sway of the hammock. Caress of an easy breeze. Hugs at hello and goodbye and in-between. Soft snuggles with a tired… Continue reading Celebrating the 4th with Family
The music thumped, the sun shone, and my hubby and I were in full vacation mode. Bright colors decorated every possible surface; flags and banners waved from tent poles and participant’s bodies. We strolled from booth to booth, soaking up the fun, having a grand old time after stumbling into the festival on our way… Continue reading #NotOneMore
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
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?
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?
Our paths intersected and within 30 seconds, I’d learned my new friend was focusing on the word “discernment” for 2016. Fate and a narrow row of folding chairs had brought me to chat with Austin’s own “Queen of Weird,” published author, and subject of an upcoming documentary, Love in the Sixties, Aralyn Hughes. My first… Continue reading Making a CreativeMornings Connection