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High on Life — Jumbo and Willie
During the 60s and 70s, when Bee Caves Road was little more than a drive through the country, there was a beer joint whose back fence hid a small cabin on a back lot known by the cognoscenti as “the … Continue reading
Posted in Memories, Old/New Austin Tagged Ben Atwell, Dessau Hall, Jumbo, Luckenbach 8 Comments
Zelma for President!!!
The woman known as Bicycle Annie has found her way to my pages of Austin memories on several occasions. During the 50s, 60s, and 70s, she was a frequent sight along the Drag (the part of Guadalupe on the western … Continue reading
Posted in Great Lessons, Old/New Austin, Women Tagged Austin, Bicycle Annie, Choctaw, homeless, Indian Princess, Leslie, native american rights, woman president, Zelma O’Riley 15 Comments
An Ode to the Symphony
Living through the debacle of the Trump presidency, I imagine that I share with others the sense of dread that greets my mornings. With the help of my snooze button, I manage to avoid wakefulness a few times, but eventually … Continue reading
How the NRA is Killing Christmas
Even before Charles Darwin explained species survival, our children have always been our most precious assets, our links to immortality. Like others in the animal world, humans instinctively protect their offspring until they can manage on their own. In the … Continue reading
Posted in Old/New Austin, Politics Tagged Diane DeSanders, Easter Bunny, Everytown for Gun Safety, Family Values, Hap & Hazard and the End of the World, Miracle at 34th St., N.R.A., National Rifle Association, Parkland Shooting, Prince Charming, Republicans, Sandy Hook, Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy 1 Comment
Austin’s Sickening Cedar Problem
Most years I feel a civic duty to warn my fellow Austin residents that cedar fever season is upon us. If you are in Austin now and still not sneezing and dripping, don’t count your chickens, yet. The annual pollination … Continue reading
Posted in Nature, Old/New Austin Tagged allergies, allergy shots, Austin, Cedar, kleenex, pollen, sinus infection, Sudafed Leave a comment
Keep Your Cleats Off of Austin’s Parkland!
Have they lost their collective minds? I’m talking about Austin city council members who are considering a plan from Columbus, Ohio’s professional soccer team, Crew Soccer Club, to move to Austin and build a stadium on downtown lakeside parkland – … Continue reading
Austin Invaded by Zika Snakes!!
Zika Snakes? Let me explain, I am a desperate woman using desperate measures to keep more people from moving here. You see, last month, I read this headline that provoked me to sputter out my coffee: “Austin Metro Surpasses 2 … Continue reading
Austin, Cedar Capital of the World!!
I’m reposting my blog post from January, 2014, because it’s just so darn timely. If you are in Austin now and still not sneezing and dripping, don’t count your chickens, yet. Our annual pollination festival is amping up slowly. … Continue reading
Posted in Nature, Old/New Austin Tagged antihistamines, Austin, Capistrano, Cedar 5 Comments
My Longest Love Affair
Witnessing the trees that sway like dancers from the vantage of my window, I’m reminded anew of my origins as nature’s child. As the trees awake from their winter slumber and the symphony of another spring reaches its crescendo, I … Continue reading
Posted in Nature, Old/New Austin Tagged Austin, Earth Day, Frank Erwin, Lions Municipal Golf Course, Ross Perot, Thoreau, Treaty Oak, trees, University of Texas 2 Comments
Austin May be Weird, But Portland is Cool!
I’m not generally known as a travel blogger (assuming I’m known for anything at all), but a recent trip to Portland was motivation for me to write about that city for its sheer audacity, if nothing else. Portland, you see, … Continue reading
Posted in Old/New Austin, Travel Tagged ACL, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, Austin City Limits, Circuit of the Americas, Dick Fagan, Keep Austin Weird, leprechauns, light rail, Mills' Ends Park, Patrick O'Toole, Portland, Powell's City of Books, SxSW, Voodoo Donuts, Whole Foods, Zilker Park 3 Comments