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

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

Delicious Deviled Egg Recipe Spices Up A Classic

When my sister-in-laws and I took a road trip to central Texas’ famous Canton Trade Days, we each went armed with a wish list of treasures. One of my first purchases was a huge score: a deviled egg tray, that retro symbol of “Mad Men”-era cocktail parties. When I was a kid, my mom always… Continue reading Delicious Deviled Egg Recipe Spices Up A Classic

Mixing Reading, Trails, and Politics into 1 Impassioned Discussion

The universe sometimes provides a thought-provoking cocktail of issues that beg the question: was this a divine plan, or did I just randomly connect some dots? This week’s discussion mix: books, trail adventures, and wilderness politics. Let’s Start with Books I find reading well-written nonfiction to be a pure joy. Two books that fit this… Continue reading Mixing Reading, Trails, and Politics into 1 Impassioned Discussion

A Book Nerd Cooks with Ruth Reichl

Are you a book nerd? Book nerds have multiple copies of the same book because the newer edition is just so cool. They wonder why anyone needs a “read 52 books in 52 weeks” challenge. Reading materials pile up everywhere, and “books” constitute an impressive slice of the budget pie graph. Should contact with an actual… Continue reading A Book Nerd Cooks with Ruth Reichl

The Difference a Decade Makes in Women’s Running Books

  While ringing up my purchases, the helpful clerk at BookPeople asked conversationally, “Did you find everything you were looking for?” Sighing wearily, I responded, “Yes, I did. That one book I came to get…and these four others I couldn’t help buying.” Books are my crack. The most successful way to deal with this addiction is… Continue reading The Difference a Decade Makes in Women’s Running Books