Fried Turkey Bones Give Winter Soup A Tasty Base

I’m a cold weather lover. So when this morning’s temperature dropped from a muggy 75+ degrees (it’s December, dammit!) to a steely 55 degrees in a the space of an hour, the day looked fabulous. Windows open! The possibility of jeans without sweat! Dare I hope–a jacket? SWEET. Naturally, I wanted something hot to eat.… Continue reading Fried Turkey Bones Give Winter Soup A Tasty Base

Ten Days and Three Talks by Inspiring Women

In the last two weeks, I’ve gotten goose bumps, shed a few tears, and had my ass kicked thanks to these three women. Each shared some particularly stirring thoughts and moved me mightily through talks at conferences. Stephanie Carls Get Smart 2017 was a big day for me. In that afternoon conference, I wore several… Continue reading Ten Days and Three Talks by Inspiring Women

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Texas Conference for Women

Bad news, Austin. If you waited to buy your 2017 Texas Conference for Women ticket, you are out of luck. The one-day, November 2 event sold out, oh, weeks ago. Or was it months ago? I freely admit to being a conference geek. [Oh, I’m all over a good conference! Currently, I’m working hard, organizing… Continue reading 10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Texas Conference for Women

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

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