Dawg Digs

Dawg Digs

She starts at the foot of the bed. Nighttime. The hubs and I are enjoying our evening ritual of quiet solitude surrounded by piles of books, notebooks, and of course, her snoring in a neat lump near our toes. Everyone’s content, especially our third baby –...

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Stalling for Summer

Stalling for Summer

I carried this summer’s swimsuit candidates into the stall. Safely locked away inside, I spied chipped polish on the feet to my right. My stall mate’s dreams laid rejected. Little angry bursts of color dotted the stained carpet around her. That’s when it started....

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Loose Lips

Loose Lips

Not to toot my own horn but I’m the best mom in the world. I know this because I surprised my child with ice cream after a grueling week of high school application deadlines. Why our children must apply for anything before college is ample fodder for another time. But...

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Flights of Love

Flights of Love

It seems I’m now someone who reads publications like “Birds & Blooms.” I was given free subscriptions to several magazines of my choice last year. The only one I wanted was the bird one. The “bloom” part sounded nice, too. But as my friend Jane likes to say, “I...

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I Hate January

I Hate January

As much as I love the holidays, I loathe January with equal fervor. Some months remind you of colors. January is the color of baby poo. Its very existence birthed the shade of ochre. Not everyone gets an official holiday in January. The shortest month of the year has...

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Sweaty Christmas

Sweaty Christmas

Years ago, I wrote a book for kids called “Sweaty Christmas.” It’s hard to believe, but that white heat of genius did not change the face of modern publishing. (Oh, if I had a nickel!) It does remain, to date, my favorite attempt at children’s literature. Anyhoo. The...

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Happy Turkeys

Happy Turkeys

Every Thanksgiving we point our headlights west. Leaving chic espresso shops behind, we speed past deserted gas stations and miles of empty scrub brush, barreling down open highways to finally arrive at Turkey Roost Ranch. It’s our family’s land. My mother’s people...

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Planet Denial

Planet Denial

  Fun fact. When Texans move back home after living abroad (abroad meaning anywhere but Texas), we often forget our main reason for leaving: the heat. When I moved back, lo 20+ years ago, I, too, had forgotten. So in early September, my boss attempted to comfort...

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Queen of the Babysitters

Queen of the Babysitters

  I was eleven years old and ready for adulthood when I took my first babysitting gig. Bring on the money, solo TV watching and being home alone (with Baby Hector, of course). “Help yourself to whatever you like!” Mrs. Carmichael said, waving her hand around the...

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Pick Your Weird

Pick Your Weird

In college, my pal, Martha, embarked on six weeks of The Red Diet. She ate only red and white foods, while red lights flashed on her tummy and drumming music blasted through the stereo. We chuckled watching her gobble up sirloin steaks (red meat), vanilla ice cream...

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Look Up!

Look Up!

Yesterday, as I sat on Mopac, fuming, as one does in Mopac traffic, I spied the Frost Bank Tower. It’s now overshadowed by the higher, hipper skyscrapers, of course, but I remembered the balks and groans during its construction. “Have you viewed the monstrosity? You...

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Dad Makeovers

Dad Makeovers

I used to stroll around Target with two babies born thirteen months apart. What mom doesn’t kill a day with air-conditioned zombie-walking, mainlining Starbucks like a boss?  I’d pass the little boy’s department, well-stocked with graphic tees. My eldest was a serial...

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Rio Vista farm and tack shop
St Louis School
Little Munchkins
Dreamland
Country Home Learning
Club Z
kidsActing
Idea Lab
Redeemer Lutheran School
Mad Science
Rock About
Kirby Hall
Chaparral Star Academy
Ashley's Drop-In
Nitro Swim
Switch Willo
Master Gohring
Coding with Kids
ATX Kids Club
UT RTF Summer Camp
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