Black Bean Soup and Sour Dough Bread

I love good soup. I love good soup with good bread even more. And my mother always said that the way to a persons heart is through the stomach.   This past weekend, my wife and I stopped at a bistro that occupies a building that was built in 1885.  It shares the space...

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Donuts and Coffee

I was sitting in a coffeehouse the other day as I was writing this and drinking an espresso. A coffee house is a natural place where one can eat a donut.

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Texas Flood

The Texas Hill Country floods every year. The response is always the same. The flood in Houston is bigger – but the response is the same. We’re Texans.

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Texas Hill Country Wildflower Tour 2017

The Texas Hill Country comes alive each Spring with wildflowers.  Wildflower season also coincides with Austin’s SXSW festival, which welcomes worldwide visitors from various industries: high tech, music, film, and the arts.   The fact that SXSW happens at the same...

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Studio Update

I’m currently about 80% done towards completion of my studio.  Unfortunately, I’ve hit some snags and unexpected challenges.   These are primarily related to covering the previous wall colors evenly and without splotchy effects.  Perhaps I should have used a...

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Road Trip to Waco

Taking a road trip with the purpose of creating a YouTube video to share with family is a different experience.  Normally, going on a road trip at our house involves having a different goal in mind, such as visiting with family or friends, with the ancillary goal of...

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Past is Prologue

In a past blog post, I wrote about the untimely death of my sister-in-law, Kelli Hysell, who passed two weeks after her 46th birthday.   One of the impacts of Kelli’s death has been an intense desire to connect with family who are far...

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The Evening That Came To Soon

Habits Habits in our daily lives can be lost when someone we know dies.   This is especially true if the death involves a family member with whom we developed a daily habit in our life.   Kelli Burbank Hysell is my sister-in-law, who recently passed one evening.  I...

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