Wreaths across America

Remembering the Fallen US Veterans . . . National Decoration Day is this Saturday, December 14th, 2019. DFW celebrates Wreaths Across America by honoring veterans at National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211 Volunteer Opportunities Lay wreaths on graves on Wreaths Day Coordinate a ceremony or location Lead a fundraising group Help to raise funds for wreaths’ sponsorship Other ways Need to find a Veterans’ site near you? For those who gave their all . . . here is a day to remember the sacrifice and lay a bit of Christmas cheer in honor.

Texans celebrating the SEASON!

So many places to visit . . . so many events to stuff into the schedule, it’s hard to know where to start. If you live in the DFW area or are planning a visit, here’s a complied list for your seasonal fun. Grapevine, Texas 1,400 Holiday events packed into 40 days of seasonal celebration. North Pole Express Board the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, visit with elves, enjoy cookies and milk, and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the end of the ride, all while sporting your favorite warm jammies. What could be more fun? Entertaining for both kids and adults. ICE! . . . a wonderland of carved ICE come to life as ‘A Charlie […]

Chasing Destiny Almond Flour Pancakes

Chasing Destiny – characters that cook! Characters absorb parts of the author’s personality . . . and often the writer grows through the character. In each ‘Donovan Legacy’ book, one of the characters (could be a secondary character) loves to cook. Why do my characters cook? Kitchen: the heart of the home. That phrase is more than a saying on a tea-towel or wooden plaque. Most — I didn’t say all — have some fond memories from the kitchen. If it involves food, it could be the smell of grandmother’s special cookies or holiday candies and treats. If the memory doesn’t involve food, it could be the early morning scent of coffee. It might be […]

Matthew McConaughey Unveiled: his deep Texas roots!

For Texans, all paths lead home. That’s home to Texas. It seems that actor, Matthew McConaughey is no different. From his native roots of Uvalde, Texas (a South West Texas town of a 17,000 or so residents), then straight up I-35 for the University of Texas (where he attended the graduate program for Film Directing), the actor has traveled quite a few roads in the Lone Star State. He’s rather like a Texas tumbleweed, always on the move through the state and his fans never know where he’ll turn up next. For 30 seriously lucky University of Texas film students, they could brag Matthew McConaughey, alumni class of 1993, was their assigned professor as he […]

Whataburger — Tasty Travels & Tr(EATS) in Texas

Whataburger – the Tale of a Legend Whataburger opened its first store in Corpus Christi, Texas in August of 1950. Hamburgers sold for .35C and milk shakes were .15C. No inside – or for that matter outside – seating. No Drive-THRU. (Although the drive-in burger joint was already popular.) No phone-in orders or GrubHub deliveries. ONE walk-up window to place an order. What gave Whataburger the edge? Perhaps it was their innovative thinking, entrenched with family-owned traditions: 1) The 5-inch paddy that required two hands to hold. (All others at the time served a 4-inch paddy). 2) The unique A-frame orange & white striped buildings. (Entrepreneur Harmon Dobson was a pilot and he wanted the […]

Am I a Creature of Habit?

Grocery shopping – who can relate? It’s not like we can ignore the need to purchase food products. Whether we shop in big box chains or the corner greengrocer, the majority of us will grocery shop. But shoppers, like planets aligning around the sun, tend to gravitate to their normal shops. I visited one of the local grocery stores this weekend – not an unusual occurrence for my weekends – but it wasn’t my ‘normal’ shop. In the states, grocery chains are huge; one store seemingly much like the next. EXCEPT . . . Chains may share a common name, stock basically the same groceries, even offer like discounts, but serious grocery shoppers (I’d be […]

6 Steps to SURVIVING summer heat.

Here in Texas, we take our heat pretty serious. Even though Texans can fry an egg on the sidewalk, pop tar bubbles with toes, and get a tan in 10 minutes, that doesn’t mean folks in the Lone Star State don’t take heat seriously. Real serious. 100 degree weather with 70% humidity = frighteningly high heat indexes. When temps SOAR, who needs the most attention? Kids Elderly Hard-headed teens Pets CDC Warning Signs for Heat-Related Illnesses So those are the medical specifics . . . but what actual steps do folks who bake in six months of heat follow? No SKIMPING on water consumption! Room temperature is fine. My farm-boy daddy swore that when you […]

Southern Humor – Friday Funnies

Jeanne Robertson’s ‘The day I sent my husband to the grocery store!‘ If you need a laugh . . . and who doesn’t? Take seven minutes out of your schedule and watch this YouTube. Not only will you smile — you’ll laugh out loud. Whether you have a husband, a significant other, or a roommate, you will relate to Jeanne Robertson’s husband’s LITERAL translation of her grocery list. Being raised in Texas, which we consider part of the South, I can relate to Jeanne Robertson’s accent and sense of humor. You do need to wait for the punchline when dealing with Southern humor and certainly Southern women. We don’t get in a hurry to reach […]