Photo Essays Galore: From Redwoods to Blood Rituals (plus Top Travel Photography Tips)

February 18, 2012
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Photo Essays Galore: From Redwoods to Blood Rituals (plus Top Travel Photography Tips)

Welcome to the February 18, 2012 edition of Traveler’s Show and Tell. It’s photo essays galore on this week’s Traveler’s Show and Tell blog carnival. Cruise through the links below for fascinating tales and fabulous photos on an array of travel topics, including: … a shamanistic ritual in Kazakhstan involving goat’s blood. … a life-changing…

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Fort Worth Water Gardens – A Free Oasis in the Heart of Cowtown

February 16, 2012
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Active Pool at the Fort Worth Water Gardens in Fort Worth, Texas ©Tui Snider

The Fort Worth Water Gardens strike me as a modern take on ancient city fountains, with Mother Nature as the theme instead of cherubs and Roman gods. Built in 1974 by a couple of fancy-pants architects from New York, this park covers 4.3 acres smack dab in the middle of downtown Fort Worth, Texas.

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Give Yourself a Permission Slip

February 15, 2012
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Snow covered gargoyle. (photo by Tui Snider)

Remember the permission slips your teacher would send home when you were a kid? You needed them for permission to take school field trips and other fun activities. A few years ago, my dear friend, Alix, and I realized that adults need permission slips, too.

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ROW80 Check-in: Pass the WD-40, please!

February 12, 2012
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Oak trees through stained glass. (photo by Tui Snider)

ROW80 Check-in I am in panic mode right now about writing my book because in a couple of weeks I will be working in an office full-time. After working from home for the past five years, this is going to be a big change. [What's ROW80? Check out the A Round of Words in 80…

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Tips for Visiting the Dallas Arboretum

February 10, 2012
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Dallas Arboretum crape myrtles. (photo by Tui Snider)

Quinceaneras Bloom at the Dallas Arboretum A couple of weeks ago, I finally visited the Dallas Arboretum for the first time. What a fabulous place! On the day I went, the park was full of people, including several young ladies decked out in Quinceañera dresses. If, like me, you are new to Texas, you may…

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ROW80: Inner Critic Smackdown – Bird by Bird and Tweet by Tweet

February 8, 2012
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Antique doll head. (photo by Tui Snider)

ROW80: Inner Critic Smackdown – Bird by Bird and Tweet by Tweet The White Screen of Death My blog was stricken by the dreaded White Screen of Death (aka WSOD) last night, so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do my ROW80 check-in today. The dreaded WSOD happens when you crash the…

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A Free Online Writing Conference & My ROW80 Check-in

February 5, 2012
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Texas sunset. (photo by Tui Snider)

NiNoCon: A Free Online Writers Conference Thanks to the fabulous Nicole Rivera, I attended a free online writing conference yesterday. This meant putting in a few hours of work today, but #NiNoCon was well worth it! Don’t just take my word for it, you can check out the chat presentations online and lots of other…

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Traveler’s Show & Tell: Which parts of Mexico are Safest for Tourists

February 4, 2012
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Mt. Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples, Italy (photo by Tui Snider)

Welcome to the February 4, 2012 edition of Traveler’s Show and Tell. This week’s Traveler’s Show and Tell blog carnival features ten travelers from all across the blogosphere. Read on to find out: … which parts of Mexico are safest for tourists. … why a card deck makes a great souvenir from Naples, Italy. …why…

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My 20on/10off Writing Plan & ROW80 Check-in

February 1, 2012
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Fort Worth tunnel. (photo by Tui Snider)

The Art of Writing is the Art of Applying the Seat of the Pants to the Seat of the Chair One of the first online writing groups I belonged to was called A2S. This stood for “Ass to Seat,” and was our cheeky nod to Mary Heaton Vorse’s famous quote: “The Art of Writing is…

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