Day by day I vacillate. It’s like my mind is playing schizophrenic games with me. One minute I’m living in the mindset of the old normal, just as though nothing has changed. Then the next minute I’m in the moment of doom and gloom and drastic change, normalcy gone in a blink of an eye, living [...]

Summers with Lucille

Don’t you love it when you’re stuck behind a four-door Buick that’s going 30 in a 50 mph zone? And just when you swiftly pull around the car and speed up to be first in line at the stoplight and the Buick pulls up moments later to your right. You look over and the person behind the wheel of [...]

This gift is for you!

They say it’s your birthday! Blog By Tracy is celebrating one year this week and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. This is my very first giveaway. I hope you’ll take a moment to enter, you’d make my day! These are some of my favorite things from an Austin [...]


I love that old thingamagig I said to myself as I began to unpack boxes that had been sealed for more than three years. I mean, you never know when you might need that whatchamacallit. For years I was in the mode of collecting serving dishes, so much so that I never really acquired a full set of [...]

10 Things I’ve Learned By 45

Every year my birthday comes at the same time of year, that’s no surprise. But every year I seem to sing the blues because no one can attend my birthday celebration due to holiday commitments. So this year, I decided that I would follow through with planning a half birthday celebration. In [...]

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 [...]

Food Memories Take Me Back

We all have food memories, some good and some not so good. The taste, smell, and texture of food can bring back memories not just of eating food itself but also of place and setting. Recently I made a 3-layer strawberry cake. It’s perfect for summer time. The taste of it brought back memories [...]
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