Birthday Wall of Honor is a Favorite Family Tradition

One of our family’s favorite traditions started with a 40th birthday, party invitations, and a blank wall. I was throwing a birthday bash for my hubby, James, and I’d planned original invitations (you know, a made-of-paper, put-in-the-mail-with-a-stamp kind of thing) with a nod to artist Andy Warhol: six prints of the same photo, each in… Continue reading Birthday Wall of Honor is a Favorite Family Tradition

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

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

Our Anniversary Tree, My Favorite Holiday Decoration

If your house were on fire and you could only grab one thing, what would you save? Thinking about this disaster scenario is not a complete waste of time, so don’t scoff. Our former next-door neighbors’ house was struck by lightning in the middle of the night, and they had about 90 seconds to get out.… Continue reading Our Anniversary Tree, My Favorite Holiday Decoration

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

2016’s Best Halloween Costume Looks a Lot Like Me

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

From Friday Night Lights to UT Alumni Band

This morning, I pulled out my piccolo and nervously fingered through some scales. I’ve laid out my clothes for this evening, and I’m looking forward to seeing my friends at practice.  Done a bit of bitching about how hot rehearsal will be. And when The University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band takes the field this evening,… Continue reading From Friday Night Lights to UT Alumni Band