20 Years Ago: Cap, Gown, Tassle, Doc Martens

You know the question where people ask what advice you’d give your younger self?

Well, my total Oprah moment happened, minus the illustrious Lady O, just last weekend when a young seating hostess at my favorite taco place was sporting a pair of black Doc Martens.

“I know what I’d tell my younger self,” I thought as I looked at them longingly. “Never, ever get rid of your Doc Martens because one day, you’ll be wishing you still … Continue reading

Goin’ Back to Nashville

In what has to be another land speed record for the passage of time, it’s hard to believe that March is (gasp!) almost a wrap.

It’s been a really good month, one that began with a return to a place I hadn’t visited in much too long — Nashville. For anyone reading who doesn’t know me well, Music City played a rather significant role in my life story. It’s where my professional writing career began, it’s … Continue reading

Rest in Peace, CDs

I know, I know, the CD died long before Best Buy recently decided to stop selling them (rumor has it, Target is next) as most people have comfortably made the transition to all things digital.

And while I’m usually a fan of anything that frees up additional shelf space, it’s the weirdo, clutter-free freak in me, I’m still a little bummed that CDs are rapidly going the way of cassettes and 8-tracks.

Worse yet, they’re also destined … Continue reading

Soup’s On!

Ask any writer about his/her favorite way to procrastinate when he/she is supposed to be, ahem, lovingly crafting memorable, must-read prose, and you’d probably get a gazillion different answers.

For me, there’s always been something oddly therapeutic about making homemade soup. So when the temperature ventures into even slightly chilly territory (my Wisconsin and Minnesota friends would tease me mercilessly considering how 46 degrees is basically shorts-and-t-shirt weather for them), there’s a good chance I’m digging … Continue reading

I Don’t Know How I Feel About You, 2018.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still adjusting to this whole 2018 thing.

We’re more than halfway through January, and I still feel a bit discombobulated. I’ve celebrated another birthday right on schedule on the 2nd, and all the Christmas decorations have been safely boxed up for two weeks now, but I’m still not quite back to business as usual. Or for me, writing as usual unless it involves a firm, nope-you-can’t-procrastinate-darling, freelancing deadline.

Yes, it’s been … Continue reading

This One’s for the Ladies…

First things first, how are there only TWO days left in November?

I feel like I say this every year, but 2017 has zipped by with extraordinary speed. If I were to guess what month it was with absolutely no external clues, September 1 feels about right.

Of course September is just another summer month in Texas, so I’m happy that’s not the case humidity-wise, but I have a hard time believing that Thanksgiving is a wrap and we’re actually … Continue reading