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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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Growing Old Gracefully (From a Man’s Perspective)

Growing Old Gracefully Means Exactly What? This subject of growing old gracefully has been on my mind a lot lately. Not only have I been contemplating how to do it, I've found myself really examining what it looks like if we wind up being able to claim we got it done. Better yet, would my friends, my family, and my coworkers say I'm a person who is growing old gracefully? Men Don't Talk Much About It When I decided to write a post on the whole subject of growing old gracefully, I suddenly found it quite difficult to pour all

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Celebrate National Pound Cake Day with a Prize-Winning Recipe

National Pound Cake Day? Hey, I’ll bite. Have you ever seen a hypnotist in action? Well, you know how it goes. He gets a willing audience into a hypnotic state that looks like some kind of deep sleep, then he deliberately and methodically instructs them exactly how they are to react when they awake. Example: When you wake up and hear the word “dog” you’ll bark. Pound Cake Has a Hypnotic Hold on Me Whenever I hear the words pound cake, I feel as though I must have been hypnotized to react in the same way every single

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What I’m Reading This Month

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own.) [caption id="attachment_9238" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Harlan Crow Personal Library (Photo by Dan Piassick – Special Contributor / Dallas Morning News)[/caption] Before we discuss what I’m reading this month, let’s just take a little gander at what is considered to be the most beautiful home library in Texas. Isn’t it

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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Texas Next Year

(Note: This post may contain affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own.) Happy Valentine's Day, Y'all! Here in the United States, we've been planning for this day since right after we rang in the new year. That's when all the stores start stocking shelves with pink and red goodies while bakeries are busy ordering the ingredients for royal icing. Valentine's Day is a big deal, and rightfully so. It's the

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15 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $15

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own.) Valentine's Day is on Its Way If gift-giving is your love language, or if you're just a pretty organized person in general, Valentine's Day is probably one of your favorite occasions of the year. If you're a little more on the side of lagging behind, however, take heart. LOL There's still time to send a little something to the ones

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7 Natural Ways to Make Friends as an Adult Over Fifty

It's National Make a Friend Day, Y'all! That's right. There's actually a whole day of the year, completely dedicated to the task, the joy, the vulnerability and the adventure of making a friend.. It sounds easy, and really, it was a pretty simple thing to do when we were in kindergarten. However, now that we're adults, making friends can feel a little intimidating. If that's how you're leaning, don't worry. Here are 7 natural ways to make friends as an adult. No overthinking necessary. Friends from Home My first friend was my

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5 Easy Ways to Add More Adventure to Your Life

If someone asked you to pick a number between 1 and 10 that denotes how much adventure you're experiencing these days, what would it be? That's an interesting question, isn't it? Some of you might be squirming a little right about now, because no one wants to be seen as altogether un-adventuresome, but on the other hand, you like being homebodies and don't want to judged in your jammies! Others of us are constantly on the move or planning the next adventure. What is an adventure anyway? Should it be something like climbing a

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#1 – Moved to Dallas, The Home of Sue Ellen Ewing (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

Finding people in the workplace who dressed up on Halloween was once pretty hard to do. Now, it's the norm. Our entire law firm did it when I worked in Amarillo. One person decided on the theme and divvied up the parts. After that, it was our job to follow orders and show up in a good costume on October 31. One year I got to be The Queen from Alice in Wonderland, which I loved. "Off with your head!" I practiced on the kids. The next year, they assigned me the part of the old aunt from Wizard of Oz, which I did not love

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