Keep Showing Up

My favorite fountain. Three years ago if you would have asked me what I thought about human trafficking, I would have told you that it involved refugees being sold into labor and was a third world problem. I didn’t think people were sold against their will for labor or for sex here in Texas [...]

Looking Up

Many of us spend time looking back, glancing in the rearview mirror. More time hopefully is spent looking foward, having a vision, setting goals, then working towards those. How much time do we spend looking up? I mean literally looking up? This past week the idea of ‘looking up’ hit me [...]

Texas Top Four

You’ve probably heard the moniker ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’. I think the ‘heart’ refers to the Texas Hill Country. To me, the Texas Hill Country represents this heart through simple authenticity, beauty in it’s purist form, bounty of multiple kinds, and [...]

Just Peachy

To me, peaches exemplify summer. Bring on the cobbler and the gatherings! The peach crop begins to bloom at the end of Spring. With more than a million peach trees spread across Texas, the state produces in excess of one million bushels a year, that sounds like alot, although Georgia, California, [...]

Reuniting with Family

Your family might look like those in the movies. Maybe you can identify with those in the movies like; Father of the Bride, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Sweet Home Alabama, Grapes of Wrath, or Home for the Holidays. I love the idea of family, a big one. That’s something I’ve [...]

Escape to Venice

Sunset on Golden Beach, Venice, FL 2015 Are you thinking Venice, Italy, or Venice, California? I’m talking about Venice, Florida, not to be confused with the muscle beach in California. When I first visited the seaside community, I really didn’t know what to expect. On my first visit I [...]

My Summer Bucket List

When was the last time you had a popsicle? How about a homemade s’more? I think it’s been a good 25 years since I had the frozen delight. Remember the days when the ice cream truck would ring the bell in the neighborhood and all the kids would rush out? The Push Ups and Bombsicles [...]

I Want To Love You More

Cynthia Hurd was one of the nine people killed Wednesday during a Bible study inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. As I listened to an interview on NPR days after, I heard Malcolm Graham, a former North Carolina state senator, and Cynthia’s brother, talk about his [...]

Stories This Table Could Tell

How many of us actually have meals at a table anymore? It seems to be a lost tradition. It’s not just a meal that is had at a table; it’s conversation, it’s listening, it’s sharing, it’s knowing, it’s loving. I spent many years pulling up a bench to a farm table. [...]

In a letter to the Mayor of NYC

This blog is about the sweet things in life, but I’ll warn you, this post is not so sweet. I have to divert for a moment and talk about something that is incredibly deplorable and heartbreaking to me. So much so, that I wrote a letter to the Honorable Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City. Ask [...]
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