Snow Day – Houston Style

The year I turned 10 it snowed 3 times. For a lifelong Houstonian that was a big deal – and it still remains a weather record. The mayor at the time jokingly stated Houston would be bidding on the winter Olympics! Growing up I remember well how my brother and I always hoped it would…

It’s Never Good Bye

Since Hong Kong is considered international travel leaving Beijing means leaving Ivy. Tonight, to celebrate a fabulous trip we had a farewell dinner with our Tour Manager, Ivy or her Chinese name, Sha Sha. What a special person she is, and what a special tour has been. Russell and I have always talked about coming…

Pros and Cons of Group Travel

Yesterday we travelled with our tour group to Suzhou, a city outside Shanghai. With traffic, of which there is a lot, it took about 2 hours via our bus to get there and a little longer to get home. I thought recounting this experience would be a good way to share the pros and cons…

We Made It to China

After almost a year of planning, 23 hours of travel with a transfer and 4 hour layover in Taipei we made it to Shanghai yesterday afternoon. I am a spoiled American who is used to having another English speaker easily accessible in the places we travel, but here in China that has already proven to…

AND THE YEARS FLY BY…

  BIRTHDAY PARTY Last night we celebrated Russell’s 60th birthday with our children. It’s crazy to imagine Russell is turning sixty. I still remember that young, eager, somewhat rough around the edges 25 year old law student with whom I fell in love. I was very young too – just a rising sophomore in college,…

Lessons from Harvey

Last week on the way to work someone cut me off. When I tapped my horn because I was afraid the driver had not seen me, he flipped me off.  Then later I posted a comment on someone’s Facebook with some information about restoration efforts.  It was truly informational, but it was taken as a…

Houstonians are Resilient: Message from a Recovering Flooder

I like to say I am a recovering flooder. My husband and I have flooded twice. The first time was in a freak storm that literally sat over only my neighborhood and dumped 19 inches of rain on that small area of Houston in 12 hours. The second time was in 2015 during what we Houstonians call…

Being Heart Forward Wine Social

Originally posted on Fashionably Mimi:
This February Chaun Vaughn’s brainchild was birthed into 13 days of celebrating #HeartForward Leaders. Seven forward-thinking ladies and gentlemen were featured for their #HeartForward efforts; beginning February 1st. The honorees were celebrated for the difference they are making in the world and lives of others. The 13th day culminated with…

Ten Things I Learned from Reading

Last year about this time I set a reading goal for myself. I planned to read 40 books between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 or a little over 3 books a month. Even though my friend, Cindy Clifford says that it would not count unless it was an actual book, my rules were…

Santa versus Jesus

Merry Christmas! I wrote a column for my church’s newletter so thought I’d post on my blog too.  “You better watch out! You better not cry! You better not pout! I’m telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town,” begins the modern-day Christmas song. Santa Claus is an icon of American culture. He keeps…

Advent – You Know that Thing Before Christmas

I love this season. As a kid and even a young mother October 1 marked the beginning of t he build up to Halloween followed by the build up to Thanksgiving and then we could finally start talking about Christmas. I wrote about my love for Fall in a recent blog. What I have noticed,…