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About wordsmith1313

Now: Somewhat retired, although I don't do it very well. Formerly senior director of Communications and Marketing for the Dallas Zoo. Journalist. EMT. Writer. Breast cancer survivor. I love to travel, and will always return from a trip with a new friend or two. Those fortuitous meetings bring velvet to the rough edges of life.

Spare some change?

I have finally been released from U.R. Tookwyet blogger’s prison, after serving my full sentence for blog neglect and reckless endangerment of the English language. I got no time off for good behavior, which won’t surprise any of you. So, … Continue reading

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Hot flashes

Sometime next week, we’ll set a record here in Dallas: the longest consecutive streak of days over 100 degrees. It’s been 35 days. In a row. Over 100 degrees. There’s no relief in sight predicted for the next 10 days, … Continue reading

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Gustatory heaven and hell

Here in sizzling Big D, the Great Dallas Restaurants hunt continues. We’ve been so busy lately, with stuff like graduations, vacations and surgeries, that we haven’t been cooking much at home. Oh, and there’s the little fact that it’s now … Continue reading

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Dog days

My trekking pole has been vindicated. Validated. Honored. It is sweet. You’ll remember my lovely, candy-apple-red pole from earlier posts. The one I chunked into the tree to knock out the Frisbee. The one that kept me from tumping over … Continue reading

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Fruit salad

Am recovering from yet another surgery to remove yet another “mass” from my abdomen. I think that maybe medical revenues are down, so every UT Southwestern doc is passing me around to their friends. “Hey, I’ve got a cancer patient … Continue reading

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My vortex of bizarre happenings continues, 14 months after my arrival in Big D. It’s the strangest thing, really. But lovely blog fodder. We had a beautiful day recently, tucked in somehow among all of the tornados. It was sunny … Continue reading

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Oh, hail

I’ve noticed a very subtle shift in my blog traffic. After careful consideration and much intensive research involving theories and algorithms and moon phases, I have discovered that my readership diminishes when I don’t write. Fascinating. OK, I’m chastened. Yes, … Continue reading

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