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I wrote an article on fashion. Yeah, me.

I never thought I would write a story about fashion, but this one jumped out at me.  Last Sunday I was walking around the Texas Wine Revolution event with a glass of 100% Texas Rose wine saying, “Do you mind if I take a picture of your boots?”  By the way, rose isn’t what it used to be, and it is wonderful.

Frio River Magic

I went to the Frio on a Sunday afternoon with these two guys.  Here is a photo essay of sorts about this special river.

Night Lights

Now and then I slip a little ‘dull but important’ in front of readers.  If you hang around me for long you will know I’m passionate about dark nights and reversing the trend to lighting up the night.  It turns out that humans were made for dark nights, and night lights create health problems and sleepless nights, and there is science on that. This is a short piece on the subject:  Are Your Streetlights Killing You?

The Texas Hill Country is Disappearing

The unique ecosystem we call the Texas Hill Country is disappearing before our very eyes.  In writing this story about Jacob’s Well I learned once again how quickly we are losing the place we love. David Baker (Wimberly Valley Watershed Association) is one of my heroes.

http://texashillcountry.com/jacobs-well-endangered/

Joni Mitchell noted this many years ago in Big Yellow Taxi:

They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away that DDT  now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hear it here.

 

Beware the black cows at night

http://texashillcountry.com/wildflower-scenic-drive-fredericksburg/

My favorite bicycle ride!

First Flowers at E Rock

I went for a walk yesterday looking for color. http://texashillcountry.com/flowers-spring-colors-enchanted-rock/

Kids, Dogs, and Picnic Tables

I wrote a story about a new kind of dining experience for Fredericksburg – a food park.  I was impressed with the young couple who own the project –  Justin and Kara Armes  – with their enthusiasm, sense of taste and style, and how they persevered to make it happen.  Because the City’s development rules only allowed food trucks to be temporary, they had an uphill battle in creating this permanent site for them.  Ultimately truth and justice prevailed; the City recognized that the location and concept fit Fredericksburg nicely and they changed the rules to allow this unique business to open.

I had one comment on the Facebook link from a guy who said that his two least favorite things were kids and dogs, which made me laugh.  Kids and dogs have brought great joy to me.