Bird at Bear Creek Park, Houston, Texas
American Robin - Bear Creek Park in Houston, TX

Welcome and thanks for hanging out with me! What does someone say about themselves??? Ok, I'm a 50+ year old woman who is definitely not ashamed of her age...as a matter of fact I was thrilled to make it to 50 as that's darn better than the alternative right?!  I have two grown children who are my world!  Then there is my "heart dog" Max.  He's got a rather fascinating story of how he came to be my favorite pup in the world - but I'll save that for later.  While I wasn't born in Houston, Texas I've lived here since about age 12 so that pretty much qualifies as a native Houstonian :).  My thoughts are that this blog could allow people to search my blog and see what they might want to see and know about Houston or maybe for those visiting Houston and I can be somewhat of a virtual tour guide.  I'm also very interested in photography and years ago I broke down and treated myself to a Canon Rebel T31 but sadly, until now just honestly haven't made the time to learn how to use it.  Now, I'm on a mission to become a good photographer and begin lessons this month on a casual basis.  In a nutshell, that's a little about me.
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Feel free to ask questions or ask if I will visit a place nearby and I will if possible.

Some of my Favorite Quotes or Sayings:
Be The Change You Wish To See In The World 
Let Your Little Light Shine
You're Not Going To Know Unless You Try It
What Would You Attempt To Do If You Knew You Couldn't Fail
     Be kind to one another (Ellen)
In my searching long ago about quotes, I learned this piece of trivia...apparently "Be the change you wish to see in the world" was not the actual quote from Gandhi but was paraphrased by the actual quote in 1913 from Vol. 13, Chapter 13, Page 241 (Either way..I like both versions)
"We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do."

Just a FEW of my Favorite Books and Authors:

Mark Bittner - The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (What a wonderful story! My Dad and Son also are big fans of this book!!) Very touching!!

J.C. Hutchins - 7th Son: Descent (this is a super and good hearted guy who did a podiocast that my daughter and I listened to faithfully every day when we used to carpool, I've had various email conversations with him too and it just doesn't get nicer than him! - great read too!)
Again, just a few as I am definitively a big reader!!!

Jonathan Carroll (and bonus..he's a really nice guy too!) some of my favorite reads of his are: 
Sleeping in The Flame and Voice of Our Shadow but I've read all but 2 of his and never had a dud!

Harlen Coben (very entertaining at a book reading too!) I can't say that I have an all-time favorite, but have read every single one of his books and love them all! If you plan on reading his Myron Bolitar series I'd suggest starting in order. I would have never read about a Sports Agent (not exactly my thing I thought), but my Dad INSISTED I'd love it and Dad's book recommendations have always been spot-on so thankfully I read one, then ALL!

Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland - The Bite of The Mango - Actually I listened to the Audiobook of this and what a powerful story of courage, determination and strength!

Nicholas Sparks - Pretty consistently good love stories

Lorena McCourtney - Got turned on to her comical, older lady, mystery book with a free download from Amazon on my Kindle

Favorite Music Artists:  I'll start by saying that I'm "all over the place" on this....just depends on my mood and what I've heard and liked so far but here are a few...Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Adele, Ray Charles, Eminem, Tran-Siberian Orchestra, Point of Grace, Elton John, Queen, Weezer, Louis Armstrong, Addison Road, Beyonce, Bob Seger, Carole King, Omega, Carrie Underwood, Cher Lloyd, Rihanna, Nickleback, Prince, Rolling Stones, Ludacris and a TON more!

Thanks again for stopping by and hope you enjoy my crazy life :) !