I Didn’t Weigh Myself for Two Months

My nutritionist looked at me with a carefully neutral expression before asking, “Do you want me to tell you your weight or not? It’s up to you.” December, before the holidays, was the last time I’d been in the office. She’d given me two tasks then: continue healthy eating and cease weighing. “Healthy eating,” designed… Continue reading I Didn’t Weigh Myself for Two Months

Spring Comes in February

The dark sky glowers. For the last few hours, fast melting sleet has peppered the ground. Mere days ago, I’d pulled on shorts and flung all the windows open, sweating when the night’s low hovered near 70 degrees. Texas weather changes abruptly, and and the needle on this particular February day has swung back toward… Continue reading Spring Comes in February

Freelancing from NYC’s Public Library

Morning sun broke through the clouds to illuminate Manhattan’s gray buildings. Across their tops, I could see water; was that the Hudson River? That Friday morning was turning out to be cool and crisp, a good day to get out on foot and explore. Just one hitch: I had work to do. No problem–I’d combine… Continue reading Freelancing from NYC’s Public Library

Soup’s On for Cold Winter Weather

Brrr! The North Pole is spilling its guts all over the U.S. You know it’s bad when cities like Chicago and Minneapolis, which are used to temperatures we in Austin don’t really believe exist, cancel school, set fire to railroad tracks (really!), and tell people to stay indoors. When the lows dip, I go for… Continue reading Soup’s On for Cold Winter Weather

Discovering Barcelona through Music

Just a few cords on a keyboard. Then, a simple bass line. A few beats later, the satin voice of the singer; in the background, finger snaps provide tempo as the measures build and the music becomes fuller. By the time percussion enters, there’s no way my body can remain still. That song, “Closer” from… Continue reading Discovering Barcelona through Music

Celebrating a Life with Moments of Grace

Snow crunched between asphalt and shoe tread, my breath muffled in the scratchy warmth of a wool wrap. For this Texas girl, six-plus inches and a morning temperature hovering at 10 degrees Fahrenheit were quite the novelty. I’d arrived in Illinois just prior to that mid-January snowfall. Each day, I eagerly bundled up for a… Continue reading Celebrating a Life with Moments of Grace

Most Popular Blogs of 2018

Throw Back Thursday, January Review, Best of, Top 5; whatever this list’s title, I’ve looked back at 2018 to see which of my blogs readers enjoyed most. Runners treasure a PR (personal record) and I do love a stat, so reviewing is always a fun reveal. There are always surprises. Writing, you see, is a… Continue reading Most Popular Blogs of 2018

How Do You Measure Success?

Damn New Year’s resolutions. Damn those ubiquitous ads for personal improvements. Damn fresh starts, reaffirmations, good intentions. Damn everyone pushing those annual bookended reflections: What have you done so far? What do you want to achieve? Awards and Writing At last night’s Golden Globes award ceremony, Glenn Close gave a tearful acceptance speech that tore… Continue reading How Do You Measure Success?

Best Black-Eyed Pea Recipe Ever

New Year’s Day. Odds are good you’re like me today: a little sleep deprived, a bit hung over, and optimistic about the new year. Who doesn’t want the next 365 to start off right from Day 1? That’s why I always serve black-eyed peas on January 1. While I grew up a native Texan, my… Continue reading Best Black-Eyed Pea Recipe Ever