It Stays With You

Texas has been getting pummeled with repeated rounds of severe storms. And Texans aren't surprised. Because they've come to expect these epic storms. It's familiar territory. And once you've been a Texan (raises hand), you've always been a Texan. With a Texan's memories and expectations. These are some pictures of flooding in San Antonio, where … Continue reading It Stays With You

Saying “Yes”

Several weeks ago I let myself get down about my upcoming summer. I was in the midst of the end of school year crazies and a planned camping trip had to be canceled (along with several other weekends worth of activities) due to the constant rain that drenched Atlanta this past spring. I felt like … Continue reading Saying “Yes”

Deja Vu Yet New

Planning a second wedding is quite strange. It's like walking a familiar road after being absent from a city for decades - you think you know the sites and the layout but nothing is as it was. I don't want to think about the first time, endlessly reflecting on how it was done before. But … Continue reading Deja Vu Yet New

Vanilla, Please

"Vanilla, please." That was all I had to say, accompanied with a dollar bill in an outstretched hand. Two words. A simple exchange. Yet I could not do it. I wasn't always shy. I remember riding on my dad's shoulders as a toddler, waving and saying, "Hi" to everyone I passed. I remember visiting the … Continue reading Vanilla, Please

Home on the Range

I grew up in Texas. The trucks in my high school's parking lot were adorned with gun racks. Animal control had to be called to our neighborhood to capture baby wild boars that our neighbor had housed in his garage when he accidentally shot their mother. It turns out that wooden doors are no match … Continue reading Home on the Range