Give Me Liberty and a Weekend in Boston Anytime

Quick: list your top five “quintessentially American cities.” By “quintessentially American,” I mean that people outside the United States would also unhesitatingly  produce these names (whether or not they–or their American counterpoints–could locate or recognize corresponding states). I bet good money Boston made your Top Five. “The Cradle of Liberty” is chock full of American… Continue reading Give Me Liberty and a Weekend in Boston Anytime

Riding Out the Storm with Books

I love writing a fun recap that marries my reading obsession with travel. But as I sat typing about Caribbean sunshine, leisure time, and vacation reading, today’s light book report felt, well, incongruous. On a normal gray, windy, rain-soaked morning, calling up those St. John images would be a welcome diversion from crappy weather. But… Continue reading Riding Out the Storm with Books

Reading “The Handmaid’s Tale” in 2017 is Scarier Than Ever

Books are my friends. I turn to them when I need a good cry, laugh, escape from reality, and fun diversion. They teach me things, reinforce beliefs, and introduce a sense of wonder. Some I’ve reread so often their words have become a familiar soothing mantra. When I need to get away, diving into a truly… Continue reading Reading “The Handmaid’s Tale” in 2017 is Scarier Than Ever

3 Train Pizzeria Delivers NY-Style Slices in ATX

One of the hardest things to get right in a gluten-free dish is texture. Especially when preparing favorite foods with a crust. For years, I’ve been constantly on the hunt for good gluten-free pizza. Not pizza I make at home, but pizza we can order in or go out to eat. You know–a treat. My favorite pies exist on… Continue reading 3 Train Pizzeria Delivers NY-Style Slices in ATX

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

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

Spending a Delightful Weekend at Destin’s Sugar Sand Beaches

The sound of surf. The view–a horizon divided between turquoise water and pastel blue sky . The feel of soft, warm, sugary sand. The salty tang of fresh Apalachicola oysters. Ah. Our getaway to Florida’s Emerald Coast refreshed all the senses. Why Destin in the Fall? Women Communicators of Austin holds a fantastic silent auction… Continue reading Spending a Delightful Weekend at Destin’s Sugar Sand Beaches