Trying New Things: Chayote

No, not coyote – chayote. It’s a kind of squash. After the nopale pads, I decided to try chayote. When I went to the store, the nopale pads were all spoiled and sprouting gray hair, so I skipped those and bought some “nopalitos,” or pre-cleaned, precut nopales. No prickly sticklies! I figured I did so Read More …

One Weird Trick to Stop Smoking Now

I know you’re out there. You, with the shiny New Year’s resolutions and nicotine stained fingers. And now you’re desperately pleading with Google to find you an easy way out – kind of like us writers, buying “how to write” books in order to feel productive when, in fact, we’d rather pick lint from the Read More …

We All See the World Through Our Own Set of Lenses

There’s just no point in saying, “Don’t judge.” We all do. Without judgment, we couldn’t discern right from wrong, good from bad, wise from foolish. But let’s try – starting now – not to judge each other more harshly than we’re willing to be judged. Read More …

Brrr, Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Houston weather is just a mass of contradictions. One minute, it’s near 70 degrees – the next (quite literally) it’s hovering near freezing. It rarely gets to freezing, let alone below, but we’re setting records this week. As one of her new year’s resolutions, my friend Alice has sworn off stating the obvious. Someone suggested Read More …

The Death of Hypertext

Is blogging dead? It’s a fair question. From my perspective, it might be something to cheer about. Surprised? I’ve actually been mourning the death of blogging since around 2008. I might have mourned it sooner, but that’s when I really started to notice that the scenic byways of the “Information Superhighway” had become littered with Read More …

In My Next Life…

…I don’t want to be a penguin. Five minutes spent watching “March of the Penguins” has made living life as a Giant Redwood look more appealing. Seriously – that used to be my worst fear: that I would come back as a tall tree with a lifespan measured in centuries, rooted to one spot while Read More …

Trying New Things: Nopales

The first time I worked up the nerve to taste nopales (prickly pear cactus pads) was in Dallas, over the holidays, at the Riverwalk Cantina in the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. We’d gone there to see Ice! Brrr! Supposedly, they keep the room at 9 degrees Fahrenheit! Fortunately, they supplied the winter coats. Read More …

Consistency

It’s sometimes said that “consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Often said by rebellious, erratic, creative types to justify their lack of it, but they needn’t be so defensive; after all, what Emerson actually said was “foolish consistency” –  A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers Read More …

Am I Up to the Challenge?

2013 in Review Ugh. I’m not up to doing a serious retrospective. Overall, it was a good, upbeat sort of year: I got to participate in the HP Social Support Summit in Orlando, where I met some fun – and really smart – people; I finally got a long-held wish (trust me, you don’t want Read More …