The Gift of a Good Night’s Sleep, Part 1
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The Gift of a Good Night’s Sleep, Part 1

It’s 4:00 a.m. — Have You Seen My Sheep Anywhere?   We all love ourselves a good night’s sleep, and they’re mighty important to our health. It’s been awhile since I had one, though. Only hours ago I was staring at a clock reading 3:21 in the frigging morning, so I’m feeling mighty qualified to … Continue reading

Lady Bird Johnson and Her Wildflower Center
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Lady Bird Johnson and Her Wildflower Center

Walking as much as I have this year has reminded me just how beautiful this part of the world is. It’s spring, of course, and most everywhere is lovely in spring. But this winter’s rain brought us a vivid wildflower season, made more precious by last year’s drought. BADGE WORK UPDATE: EARTH CONNECTIONS, ECO-ACTION, OUTDOOR … Continue reading

Walking for Fitness and Fun
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Walking for Fitness and Fun

Reboot Camp Post #3: I’m Actually Moving, and It Feels Pretty Good! After years of non-stop sitting, with only intermittent fits of exercise, I clearly need to move. Yes, it will help weight loss, but there’s a bigger issue: healthy aging. In the past few years, I’ve felt more sluggish. Last year’s physical revealed that … Continue reading

Revisiting the Zilker Kite Fest
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Revisiting the Zilker Kite Fest

NOTE: This beautiful morning found me walking with Freida and my compadre Adrienne across the great lawn at Zilker Park, the day after this year’s 84th Annual Kite Festival. Here’s a picture of a kite-eating tree snapped this morning. It also seemed like a lovely opportunity to repost last year’s (mis)adventures in building and flying … Continue reading

Top 20 New Year Traditions for the World’s Holiday
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Top 20 New Year Traditions for the World’s Holiday

Since most of the world lives by the Gregorian calendar that means New Year’s Day is about the closest we come to a global public holiday. That’s cool. I love fresh starts, real and metaphorical. That’s what we get every 365.25-or-so days. And since scouts are asked to examine how a favorite holiday is celebrated … Continue reading

Healthy Holiday Eating: Recipe for Kale and Sweet Potato Chips
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Healthy Holiday Eating: Recipe for Kale and Sweet Potato Chips

I do *not* think about dieting during the holiday season. I count neither carbs nor calories, and I pack on the pounds as well as the next person. Some people are drawn to sweets, some to salt, but I crave both, in quantity, and the holidays are the World’s Best Excuse for eating in abundance. … Continue reading

An Aha! Moment: How to Reduce Plastic Water Bottle Waste at Airports
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An Aha! Moment: How to Reduce Plastic Water Bottle Waste at Airports

You start a project like this, and you notice that you’ll be asked to do a bit of thinking about how you might help make the world a better place. Scout badges are chock full of tasks intended to improve our homes, our communities, our planet. And last January, after participating in No Impact Week, … Continue reading