A to Z Texas: Bluebonnets & Bastard Cabbage

April 2, 2013
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Field of Bastard Cabbage in Texas (photo by Tui Snider)

Wildflowers are Big in Texas Each year, spring slams into Texas with all the subtlety of a meteor, and bright swathes of red, blue, purple and yellow wildflowers bloom alongside the highways. Bluebonnets are the Texas state flower While those living elsewhere are often oblivious to their state’s flower, it’s a rare Texan who does…

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A to Z Texas: Alien Grave in Aurora

April 1, 2013
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Alien grave in Aurora, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

Blogging from A to Z I’m blogging about Texas from A to Z this month, with an emphasis on the quirky side of the Lone Star State. Bloggers all over the world are working their way through the alphabet, too, with topics as diverse as wacky princesses, vegan recipes and Romanian culture. If you’d like…

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My April A to Z Blog Challenge Reveal

March 21, 2013
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Texas cowboy with a lasso (photo by Tui Snider)

My 2013 A to Z blog challenge theme Each April, bloggers from all over the world participate in the A to Z blog challenge. Many of them choose a theme to blog about, although it’s not mandatory. All you have to do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet in April.…

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Book Spine Poetry & a Birthday Surprise

March 11, 2013
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Book spine poetry (photo by Tui Snider)

What is Book Spine Poetry? Book spine poems are created by stacking books, then reading their titles as though each were a line of verse. This poetic form is known as a cento. What is a cento? According to Wikipedia: A cento is a poetical work wholly composed of verses or passages taken from other…

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Undertow by Mental Mosaic: What Genre is this Song?

March 8, 2013
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Lummi Island beach (photo by Tui Snider)

Mental Mosaic – The Band I’ve decided to start sharing some of my music on my blog. Since my domain name is Mental Mosaic, that’s what I call my band. And, yeah, my band = me, but don’t tell anyone! Here’s the first tune, a little ditty called, “Undertow.” In case you’re wondering, the instruments…

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My Big Re-Discovery: Pleasure Reading!

March 6, 2013
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Reading in Rome, Italy (photo by Tui Snider)

Not all reading is the same If you’re like me, you spend a lot of your day reading. But how much of that time do you spend on pleasure reading versus task-oriented reading? When I was a kid, the majority of my reading time was pleasure reading. Now, however, the majority of my reading time…

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ROW80 & WANACon Online Writing Conference

March 4, 2013
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Oak tree at sunset in Texas (photo by Tui Snider)

What’s WANACON you say? Perhaps you’re wondering: First ROW80, now WANACON; what’s with all the weird acronyms on this chick’s blog? What can I say? *shrug* I just keep bumping into interesting writing-related things that – like me – have quirky names! The latest one is WANACon, which is short for the WANA Worldwide Writing…

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2013 Oscar Watching Party at The Modern in Fort Worth, Texas

February 26, 2013
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DFW.com Oscar Party 2013 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

Better than sitting at home Last Sunday, DFW.com, the Modern Art Museum and Lone Star Film Society hosted their 5th annual Oscar Watching Party at the Modern in Fort Worth, Texas. (While I missed last year’s event, I blogged about the 3rd annual shindig here.) Walk the Red Carpet While I’ve rarely sat through an…

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Review: Anything Goes at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas

February 15, 2013
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Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES Pictured: Ryan Steer, Bobby Pestka, Rachel York, Jeremy Benton, Photo Credit: © Joan Marcus,

Anything Goes: A Tony Award Winning Musical Revival Anything Goes is not just a classic musical, it’s what every musical strives to be. Whether you’ve seen it before or not, if you grew up in the USA, you’ve certainly heard all (or very nearly all) of the songs in this show before. The first act…

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