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Pondering the Inflatable Elvis and Bad Realtor Headshots

I promise that my blog posts will be more than just things I have seen whilst whizzing down Texan highways, but it is nearly midnight, and it is NaBloPoMo, and it’s not every day that you see a giant inflatable Elvis. What amuses me about this one is that he looks more like an Asian Elvis impersonator than the King himself.  While I can’t say that makes me want to test-drive a Kia,  I assume it draws people in – or does it? Ever noticed how car dealerships have a thing for inflatable objects? Do balloons and American flags truly…

Got Gun?

Spending time in Texas when you’re from the north is rather like hanging out with an infamous uncle, the one you’ve been hearing outrageous stories about your whole life, but have never met. You step off the plane, shake his hand, and can’t help but keep a mental checklist of how he stacks up in real life versus all the family lore. As a newcomer, I am still sorting through Texan cliche versus Texan reality. One that’s ringing true so far is that folks like their guns down here. I have seen billboards for at least 3 different gun shows…

Hardcore Training

What do you mean, you go to Curves? 24 Hour Fitness? LA Fitness? That’s sissy talk. Around these here parts, we take physical fitness seriously. That’s right. We are hardcore, hence the name. I haven’t actually been inside Hardcore Fitness, I merely snapped this shot as we drove by, but it’s all too easy to envision a Spartan interior, with plenty of cement and jutting corners. The dressing room benches are cold hard slabs, nothing cushy anywhere. Cold showers, for sure, and let’s not forget the lurching, no-necked, roid-filled trainers with monosyllabic names who barely move their lips when they…

Worth a thousand words?

I don’t know if I should even attempt to explain how this photo came about. Last night was Halloween, and the neighbor’s adorable kitten tried to adopt me, but that hardly sums it up. Perhaps I should just say something like, ‘I can haz hornet spray,’ and leave it at that. In any case, I am posting this photo because it is the first day of November, and this photo could serve as a writing prompt for those of you who are busy with NaBloPoMo, NaNoWriMo, or (like me) both. This is my 3rd year doing both, and it makes…

Click or Treat!

I have taken down my old blog and am starting anew . . . in more ways than one .  So now it’s time to cruise the blogosphere and do some click or treating for my blogroll. Happy Halloween, my pretties! Tweet This Post

About Mental Mosaic (and me!)

About Mental Mosaic: Even home is a travel destination: This blog is where I share what I find in my travels here in north Texas – and beyond. My passion is researching, photographing, and exploring the world, then sharing all the best things I find with my readers. Below are brief descriptions, with links, to popular posts I’ve written for this site. Road trips in Texas: As I discovered in Weekend Road Trip to Paris, Texas, Paris is one of those rare American towns which resists looking like “Anytown, USA” by actively cultivating its charms, which include an Eiffel Tower…

#IWSG I did something scary!

Yikes! I did something recently that’s both exciting and scary! My next book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Exploring Historic Graveyards is now available for preorder on Amazon.  Both the paperback and the ebook are available now at deep discounts!   Why is that scary? Because: DEADLINES! I am not a fan of deadlines, but the preorder process forced me to pick a hard and fast one for this book; August 19th! *gulp* So the scary part is that my book is not 100% done. The text needs smoothing, I’ve not sent it to the editor, and I’m…

Cemetery Lovers: I need your advice!

Understanding Cemetery Symbols has companion workbooks! After a lifetime of exploring historic graveyards and several years of earnest research, I’m finally releasing my cemetery symbols book this summer. Hooray! As you can see from the image above, in addition to Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards, I’m releasing two different workbooks.   Graveyard Fans: I need your input! This is where you come in. Let me know in the comments section at the bottom of this post what you think about the following plan for Graveyard Journal: A Workbook for Exploring Historic Cemeteries. What the Graveyard Journal is: Graveyard…

Readers: I need your advice, pretty please!

Understanding Cemetery Symbols – book release this summer! After a lifetime of exploring historic graveyards and several years of earnest research, I’m finally releasing my cemetery symbols book. Hooray! The title has changed along the way, but it’s now called Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards. I don’t have the exact release date, but barring any unforeseen circumstances it will be released this summer. Wowza! Readers: I need your input! In addition to Understanding Cemetery Symbols, I’m in the process of creating two companion workbooks. One is called Graveyard Journal: A Workbook for Historic Cemeteries, and the other is…

Newsletter option: Texas Travel

Thank you! :) Thank you! You are now subscribed to the “Texas Travel” section of my newsletter. This list keeps you updated about Texas related travel, book releases, and events.  Thanks so much for helping me out! :)   Tui Snider –  Author/Speaker TuiSnider.com Offbeat Travel:                 Cemetery Symbols:           Tweet This Post