Beautiful Botanical Gardens – Texas-Styled

Do flowers still bloom if no one is around to see them? Absolutely! Just because the Fort Worth Botanical Garden is currently closed doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a stroll through the grounds. Touring the FTW Botanical Gardens doesn’t require a plan . . . strolling, gazing, sniffing the flowers . . . are all perfect ways to spend an afternoon. But for overachievers, here’s a map to ‘plot’ out a strategy for your next in-person visit. There’s loads of shade, but this is Texas, fellow visitors. Keep in mind: afternoon heat, intensely-bright sun, and a fair level of humidity. Wear sunblock. Hats–especially light-weight or loosely-woven–are always a good idea. Water bottles are permitted (except […]

Welcome to Texas slang 101

Every region of the country has its own colorful sayings. Texas is NO exception. Texas folks don’t mind newcomers . . . and in lots of small Texas towns, if you’ve moved in during the last 50 years or so, you might still be considered a newcomer. Learning Texas slang helps ease the transition. Remember, that the slang is based off history. Texas Saying . . . Faster than you can shake a stick. Meaning . . . pretty darn quick. The ‘tighter than Dick’s hatband’ was one of my mother’s favorite expression. She referred to folks who squeezed a nickel harder than she could as tight-fisted, cheap, or just plain old mean money-spirited. I […]

Texas Suspense Readers Meet Lisa Garner

One of my favorite suspense authors – #1 NYTimes best seller, Lisa Garner. January 2020, Lisa Garner was the highlight for crowds of suspense readers at NRH Library. (that’s Texas, folks) I was a fan girl, too! Meeting Lisa and listening to her writing process, learning tidbits of author knowledge, then obtaining a personalized, autographed copy of her latest release: When You See Me was a true rush. When You See Me – book review If you’re a lover of Lisa Garner, then this book is a journey filled with old friends: FBI agent Kimberly Quincy, Sergeant D.D. Warren, and serial-killer-survivor Flora Dane. These dynamic women stalk then storm across the pages of When You […]

Just Mercy – Texas actor Jamie Foxx

Texas Actor, Jamie Foxx delivers a compelling performance in Just Mercy. Graduating from Terrell High School, in a small Texas town with a current population over 17K, Jamie Foxx was known to his classmates as Eric Bishop. His career beginnings included music and comedy before he became a power-house in the film industry. Whether he’s staring in action films, such as White House Down, Law Abiding Citizen, Collateral or assuming the persona of Ray Charles, Jamie Foxx’s early flair for imitation seems to enhance his chameleon-changing ability in his acting career. Raised by his grandmother, a devout Christian woman, Jamie Foxx learned then excelled at piano (perhaps foreshadowing for his role as Ray Charles, in […]

Famous Texas Flyers

Tomorrow is the 17th anniversary of the Columbia Shuttle . . . disaster? tragedy? devastating event? Whatever terminology applies, it seems appropriate to reflect on the glory & guts of some famous Texas flyers. Columbia Space crew, 7 members strong, died during re-entry. I love that Alan Bean went on to foster another career – that of an artist. He brought the magic of space flight to those of earth-bound. What other barriers have Texas famous flyers broken? First female African-American aviator, Azellia White. Then there was the sweet-singing cowboy who took time from his music career to serve in the Air Force – Gene Autry. Want to visit Texas flight museums? NASA in Houston, […]

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 […]

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 […]