A Visit to the LBJ Ranch is a Must-Do Texas Day Trip

We Texans love to drive around our vast and beautiful state. With endless points to explore, in categories from scenic to educational, it takes a lifetime to hit all the high points. That's why day trips are such a big deal for we who love the Lone Star State. A day here, a day there, a few hours of intentional adventure spent seeing something new, adds up to a long list of what makes us proud to be who we are. A Visit to the LBJ Ranch is a Must-Do Texas Day Trip A visit to the LBJ Ranch is a must-do Texas day trip. The whole

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A Visit to The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Begs a Question

What is it about flowers? That was the question my friend posed to the rest of our four-person yaya group as we tiptoed through the tulips at The Dallas Arboretum. Why, now that we're at this age and at this stage, do we love flowers so much? None of us had a great answer to that. It must have been the state of springtime stupor to which we had succumbed. Who could possibly think very hard at all when our senses were fastened on such flora and fauna? One after another, we slowly shook our heads and dreamily, softly, hardly

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The Best Barbecue in Texas

Photo - Texas Over Fifty The Best Barbecue in Texas This barbecue thing has been the subject of much debate and the topic of many a tourist's questions. Year after year, all across the Lone Star State, where beef is king and there's a brisket smoking somewhere down every major thoroughfare, we all want to know. Just exactly who sells the absolute best? Texas Monthly Was Our Guide After four straight years of publishing its list of The Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas, one of our state's most widely read sources has

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An Unusual Evening at Shady Grove in Austin, Texas

*This post has been updated since it was first published,  and I've experienced a whole lot more of Austin since then. However, nothing has happened that has made me laugh any harder.  An Evening at Shady Grove No one has ever called me a dumb blonde.  From time to time, that shoe just almost fits, but I prefer the word ditzy.  I really feel like it's ok to be a little ditzy, and there can actually be some advantages to it. Ditzy blondes may not always understand ditzy blonde jokes; therefore, they are never really

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21 Compassionate Ways to Bless a Single Parent



National Single Parent Day affects over 14 million parents in the United States. My daughter is one of them. Single parents are near and dear to my heart. My mom was a single parent to me and my brother for several years, and our daughter has been raising the sweetest munchkin on the planet by herself for even longer. Nobody really wants it that way. It just is what it is. No two single-parent situations are completely alike, but one thing is likely the same in each and every instance.  The biggest concern

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