An Introvert’s Guide to Escaping the Dreaded Partner Workout

The coach rasped out the evening’s workout: “We’ve got 6 x 400s tonight. Find a partner your pace….” The rest faded into oblivion as those three terrifying words ricocheted around my brain, building into a roaring crescendo. FIND. A. PARTNER.  Oh, hell no. Not tonight. Not on an evening when I was lucky to have made it to… Continue reading An Introvert’s Guide to Escaping the Dreaded Partner Workout

Discover Katy Trail in Downtown Dallas

You think you know a city. Then you find a hidden jewel, some gleaming nugget buried deep in the old familiar parts that causes you to wonder, “How’d I miss this?” quickly followed by “and what else don’t I know?” My recent Dallas visit was a quick 24-hour trip; my husband was presenting at a conference held… Continue reading Discover Katy Trail in Downtown Dallas

Texas Bluebonnets Already Signal Spring

If you listen to the bluebonnets, they’re saying spring in Texas lurks right around the corner. Oh, I know it’s not quite February. I know that spring doesn’t officially arrive in the Austin area until March 15, the date when almanacs assure us the threat of freeze has finally passed. But as winters all over… Continue reading Texas Bluebonnets Already Signal Spring

Time Traveling in Northwestern Nebraska

It never fails—traveling reveals magic. My trip to northwestern Nebraska this fall certainly did; I discovered a time machine. So many different days, I stood in a building or on a hill or plain and completely lost myself in the past. Goosebumps rippled my skin over pioneer wagon ruts still tracking the Oregon Trail. While… Continue reading Time Traveling in Northwestern Nebraska

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

The Only One Who Stopped Was a Homeless Man

I was slumped over the steering wheel, trying to catch my breath and calm my nerves, when he knocked on the driver’s side window. “Girl,” he said, “Are you okay? I saw what happened and I just had to come see if you were okay.” It was 7AM. I’d just left that morning’s predawn workout in downtown Austin–we’d… Continue reading The Only One Who Stopped Was a Homeless Man

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