31 Days at Sea

Uncertainty, inexperienced, unqualified, and in over my head is exactly what I felt when I announced to the world, on Facebook no less that I was IN on the 31 days writing challenge. I sort of committed without even knowing really and truly what it entailed. I actually don’t think I was ever [...]

Five Second Friday: Seven of My Favorite Quotes

God is using all of your experiences, both good and bad, to develop your character to match your calling. You never know how God will use you until you let Him. –Lysa Terkeurst We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they [...]

The New Normal

The east side of Austin, Texas, 16 years ago wasn’t a place you might want to go walking with a stranger, even in broad day light. Ask me to go there, and I might have said no. It was election season and a presidential campaign was in full force. Ask me to go door to door to talk about candidates [...]

Let It Rain

Central Texas has been in a drought for years. So the pitter-patter of the wet stuff from the sky is welcome here. I love the rain, like a real steady rainfall. The drum beat of the raindrops cast a spell over me, totally putting me into a relaxed state. And I realize that rain is a complete gift. [...]

Wrong Body Type

Growing up a dancer, as a student of ballet, tap, and jazz, dancing is in my blood. So when it came to working out in my 20s I gravitated to Jazzercise. I loved it and I got the tshirt(s)! When I heard that there would be instructor auditions I thought, why not give it a try. I mean I’m there [...]

25 of My Favorite Places in Austin

As an original Austinite, I’ve seen restaurants and retail come and go. I’ve seen the traffic and the growth occur at a rapid pace. But Austin still offers a great food scene and cultural experiences. I grew up here so Congress Avenue really stopped at Hill’s Café. After that, there was [...]

Diagnosis: IDIOT Syndrome

Have you heard about it? Impulsive Digital Isolationist Obsessive Tendency, it’s called IDIOT Syndrome. It surrounds us all. We’re consumed by our texting, talking, gaming, Instagramming, tweeting, and Facebooking. That absorbed look of combined urgency, importance, and disconnection from the [...]

Who Colors the Sky?

I’ve always thought that God colors the skies at sunset in honor of every person in Heaven. Just look at the beautiful, diverse colors and designs that He uses. Amazing. When I see a multi colored ski I always think of Granny. Sort of like it God’s reminder to me that she’s with me. Both she [...]

Saving Neville

In Austin right now there is a dog named Neville, whose life hangs in the balance. An animal shelter, Austin Pets Alive!, is hoping to stop the planned euthanizing of the lab mix. Recently, a family visited this shelter with their 2-year old son. The shelter advised the parents not to set their [...]

5 Fall Reads

I’ll be honest, I’ve never loved reading. Even in school it was a task for me. Today in this busy over technological world of ours, it’s hard to make time to read. So my reading list this fall is short and the subject matter is only about what I love. Reading about my passions; [...]
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