iPhone Photo Essay: Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas

July 2, 2012
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Alligator at the Athens Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (photo by Tui Snider)

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Have you ever been to a zoo where you could hunt? Me, neither! I did, however, recently visit an aquarium where you can fish: The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens, Texas. TFFC is actually much more than just a place to view fish. It’s a full production freshwater fish…

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Traveler’s Show & Tell: Chihuly Nights, Swimming with Manta Rays & Homeless by Choice

June 25, 2012
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Dallas Arboretum Chihuly glass exhibit (photo by Paula Puffer)

  Welcome to the June 25th, 2012 edition of Traveler’s Show and Tell. This edition of the Traveler’s Show and Tell blog carnival is a big one, featuring travel-related posts and photo essays from a whopping 23 travel bloggers. This month’s blog carnival is so jam-packed with travel posts that you may feel a little…

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Historic Texas Graveyards: Athens City Cemetery

June 21, 2012
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Beautiful trees at the Athens, TX cemetery. (photo by Tui Snider)

Last week, my husband and I explored Athens City Cemetery (400 Prairieville St) in Athens, Texas. It had been a full day, so we very nearly skipped the graveyard. We were both hot, sweaty and tired, having already spent the day at the nearby Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (photo essay forthcoming!) as well as poking around the…

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Row80: Texas Travel Inspiration

June 20, 2012
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Prickly pear cactus dots the north Texas landscape. (photo by Tui Snider)

What is ROW80? ROW80 is short for A Round of Words in 80 Days. It was created by the author, Kait Nolan, who describes it as, “an online writing challenge that knows you have a life.” Basically, ROW80 is a way for writers to connect online and share progress on their writing goals. Click on…

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Review: Jersey Boys, a Tony Award Winning Musical in Dallas, Texas

June 18, 2012
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Jersey Boys - Gangster Silhouette (photo by Joan Marcus)

The Tony Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys, is now playing in Dallas as part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Lexus Broadway Series. Jersey Boys is a jukebox musical, meaning that the primary score is based on previously released music. Unlike some others, such as Green Day’s American Idiot, or ABBA’s Mamma Mia, which have fictitious…

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Top Tips for Chatting on Twitter

June 12, 2012
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Antique doll for sale in Decatur, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

Chatting on Twitter = Fun! Even though I’ve been on Twitter since 2008 – a fact I double-checked by going to TW Birthday – it wasn’t until the fall of 2011 that I began participating in Twitter chats. Up until then, I was really resistant to the idea of using Twitter for chat. I don’t…

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Texas Graveyards: Smoke Rise Farm Pet Cemetery in Azle

June 11, 2012
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Smoke Rise Farm Pet Cemetery in Azle, Texas (photo by Tui Snider)

Texas is full of historic graveyards and I love exploring them. I rarely visit modern cemeteries, unless there is someone famous buried there or a particularly unique headstone to check out. For the most part, newer graveyards lack the history, the beautiful old trees, and the finely crafted headstones and monuments of the older ones.…

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Meet the Beetle & My Row80 Check In

June 1, 2012
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Accidental art at the boat shop (photo by Tui Snider)

Meet the Beetle A couple days ago, a large beetle wandered into the boat shop where I work here in Texas. One of the mechanics caught it and – knowing that I’m enamored with critters – brought it into the office. A little Googling later, we determined it to be a type of rhinocerous beetle…

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Traveler’s Show & Tell: Earthly Alien Landscapes & Great San Diego Eats

May 28, 2012
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Texas oak tree near sunset (photo by Tui Snider)

Welcome to the May 28, 2012 edition of Traveler’s Show and Tell. This week’s Traveler’s Show and Tell blog carnival features thirteen travel bloggers from all corners of the globe. Read on to discover:   … where to experience alien landscapes – on earth. … budget friendly ideas for a day in Seattle … why…

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