If only I could rev up my Time Machine for my historical fiction research. Instead, I made a few workarounds.
Top 5 Things To Do With A Fractured Fibula
You can exercise vicarious thrills during a period of enforced inactivity. I am.
Turning Silver at the Saxon
How does a beloved Austin music icon thrive for 25 years in a city on growth steroids?
Back By Popular Demand
Backed by a new band, The Towering Cranes, Austin's most beloved icon appears daily on the shore of Lady Bird Lake.
Bring On The Heat, Austin!
There are some tried-and-true ways to put the summer heat behind you: the methods are shared in photos.
If It’s Wednesday, It Must Be Wordless
If it’s Wednesday, it’s wordless. Those are the rules. God Bless Johnny Cash, who was never wordless in his life.
How to Deal With the Loneliness of Creativity
"Creativity is Essentially a Lonely Art . . . An Even Lonelier Struggle" - Lou Dorfsman
Welcome to Austin, all ye visitors to SXSW. You're gonna love Austin. We all do. You're about to find out why Austin, Texas makes every Top Ten list anyone ever thought of.
The Broken Spoke, one of the definitive Texas dance halls, is disguised in a rustic dark red building on South Lamar and now completely enveloped by new upscale development.
Light meets design makes shadow creates pattern bathes piano attracts musician rides bike brings color makes music becomes art = pairings, unexpected . . . “Creativity is that marvelous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition.” ― MAX ERNST _________ Some Related Juxtapositions: Austin Is a Town of Continual Juxtapositions... Continue Reading →
There’s an App for That: Achieve Your 2014 Tech Resolutions
Get your tech affairs together so you have more time for creativity in 2014. It's nearly 2014. The year will begin with experts' columns, advising us on New Year preparations, resolutions and goals. Generally the best recourse is to read these columns, save them in a location where you'll never find them, and then procrastinate until... Continue Reading →
Blessings for The Man in Black
A broken-down bus that long lived at Austin's famous honky-tonk shows some respect for the Man in Black. The missing 1948 Flxible Clipper bus that once lent its retro funk to Austin's best-known dance hall, the Broken Spoke, made an unannounced road trip last spring to Adkins, Texas and ended up parked at Texas Pride Barbecue. Seems... Continue Reading →
Reflections on Making a Mark
. . . There's a complex explanation in physics for reflection. Reflection is defined as "the change in direction of a wavefront at an interface between two different media so that the wavefront returns into the medium from which it originated. Common examples include the reflection of light, sound and water waves. The law of reflection says that for specular reflection the angle at which the wave... Continue Reading →
Singing the Moody Blues for Antone’s
Antone’s, the club whose name is perhaps most synonymous with The Live Music Capital of the World moniker that Austin carries, is up for sale. Though its soul left the club long ago, when Clifford Antone left Austin for parts unknown. Upon Clifford Antone’s death in 2006, former Austin Mayor Will Wynn conceded, “One of the primary reasons... Continue Reading →
Getting My Weekly Wacky Fix
As a self-defined seeker of the wacky, I've cultivated a number sources I follow online to get my Weekly Wacky Fix. These are some of the more creative bits I've read this week, many of which I round up every Friday in Time Traveling. The current buzz term for this is content curation, so that... Continue Reading →
Boots That Are Made for Walkin’
Allens Boots is a place I steer all of my Austin visitors to, direct from the airport, so they can stride confidently around town in some real boots. Then they can learn to walk with a swagger, just like a real Texan. Since 1977, Allens has remained a true South Congress landmark, where musicians, celebrities, movie stars... Continue Reading →
On Art + Magic
“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.” ― Anaïs Nin Right, Anaïs Nin circa 1920; Wikipedia When is the last time you saw magic in... Continue Reading →
Get Your Tech Affairs in Order for 2012
Mail thinks this is junk. Mail is right. Welcome to 2012. The day that experts' columns appear with abandon, advising us on New Year preparations and goals. Generally the best recourse is to read these columns, save them in a location where you'll never find them, and then procrastinate until it's too late to act... Continue Reading →