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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
The Scars and Detours of this Pandemic
Yesterday, as I traveled down one of Austin’s neighborhood streets that does double duty as an east-west thoroughfare, I impulsively detoured from my route home. Some quirk of the mind summoned me to deviate a few blocks south to pass … Continue reading
Posted in Great Lessons Tagged Austin, Bryker Woods, Charles Blow, Coronavirus, Donald Trump, Kickball, Pandemic 5 Comments
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, 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 Makes Me Sick!!!
Among the reasons for not moving to Austin, I bet you think our atrocious traffic problem and lack of mass transit is at the top of the list. Or the lack of affordable housing. Or the high property taxes. But you’d … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged allergies, Austin, cedar fever, cedar tree, juniper, traffic 9 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
My Summer Hiatus
What’s a blogger to do when she needs a break from being a good read (my goal), creating controversy, and bringing back fond memories? Taking a cue from television where even news magazines like “60 Minutes” and “CBS Sunday Morning” … Continue reading
Posted in Old/New Austin Tagged Austin, bicyclists, Gladys Longoria, golf, John Kelso, Lions Municipal Golf Course, Mitt Romney, Muny, obituaries, Peter Barbour, Save Muny, West Austin Leave a comment
Turning into a Grumpy Old Woman?
In recent years, I have tried to resign myself to gathering wrinkles and accumulating creaks in the knees with a sense of humor, aspiring to be one of those gracefully aging ladies I so often read about in the obituaries. … Continue reading
Posted in Old/New Austin Tagged aging, air conditioning, Austin, Capital 10K, grouchhood, noise, running, SxSW Leave a comment