Category Archives: books & music

happy birthday and happy halloween

My brother was born on Halloween, which meant we grew up celebrating his birthday with a party with the neighborhood kids before setting out to trick-or-treat. I can taste the potato sticks now. We loved Halloween.  Living in a suburban … Continue reading

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almost sisters

I really loved this book.  Here’s what was written on Amazon: “With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the … Continue reading

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pie porn

To This is a gorgeous book about pie. I sadly returned it to the library yesterday, but not before copying some of the recipes for pie crust and fruit pies. And I bought lard. As soon as the basement is … Continue reading

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winter reading

I’m starting to feel better, so I thought I’d sit here at the desk for a few minutes and at least send a short post about books.  I’m always reading (my biggest lifelong addiction), and here are two books that I … Continue reading

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a keyboard kind of day

  We started off our day by catching a cab at 10 AM and heading down the hill to the Palmer Event Center for the annual Christmas bazaar. This is no ordinary Christmas bazaar.  Because it’s in Austin, there’s a … Continue reading

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sound stage

Here is the altar of the Saint Louis Cathedral set up for the evening’s concert, which would be local artist and musician Tony Green and his Gypsy Jazz group. It was a wonderful show.  We lined up early and snagged … Continue reading

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look out, Banjo Man!

Oh my goodness, there’s another one!  And yes, that’s a tenor banjo, just like Banjo Man’s. How excited my B-Man was at Fritzel’s tonight!  He was actually bouncing on the bar stool. This was our fourth traditional jazz band of … Continue reading

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the precious one

I really enjoyed this one.  The author is one of my favorites (LOVE WALKED IN is a book I absolutely loved).  Here’s the new one: You can click here for more info:  

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a longmire day

I have a secret crush on Walt Longmire.  He’s the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming.  And he lives in Craig Johnson’s books. I started watching the Longmire tv series (originally shown on A&E) last fall.  After three seasons, the show … Continue reading

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packing up to fly west

Last month Son # 2 (aka Story Man, of the BBQ pit) texted to tell me he had bought two tickets to see Patty Griffin in Austin.  And did I want to come down and go with him? Hmmmm….give me … Continue reading

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