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Much To-Do Lists About Nothing

Much To Do Lists About Nothing I love to do lists. They help me relax. Dumping all my ideas onto a piece of paper gets me out of my head. It helps me let go mentally, and focus in the moment. When I don’t write to do lists, I feel like a hamster on crack, unable to hop off its exercise wheel long enough to eat a tiny burrito. Not good! The problem with to do lists That said, since publishing Unexpected Texas, my to do list grew… and grew… and grew… In fact, it didn’t just grow, it became…

Mary Martin: The Original Peter Pan from Weatherford, Texas

Talented Texan Makes it Big on Broadway Mary Martin, the performer most strongly identified with role of Peter Pan, was born in Weatherford, Texas. This talented singer and actress was also the first to play Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music, as well as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. In 1976, the artist Ronald Thomason created a life-sized bronze of Mary Martin as Peter Pan. The sculpture still stands in front of the Weatherford Public Library, and the photos you see in this post are ones I snapped when I visited town. I must also say that, to…

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How to Download Your Free Thank You Gift Right click and save the link below to your computer: North Texas Paranormal Resource Guide   While you’re here… If you have a moment, check out my website and leave a comment on a blog post or two. Any suggestions? Do you have any suggestions for quirky, offbeat, overlooked and/or haunted places I should research and write about in the future? Say hi! Have you been to any of the places I’ve written about on this blog? Or maybe you just want to say hi. Either way, I love to interact with readers, so…

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Thank you so much for subscribing to my newsletter! As a subscriber to Tui Snider’s Offbeat & Overlooked newsletter, you won’t hear from me often, but when you do, I will keep it brief and make it fun! Please Activate Your Subscription: By subscribing to my list, you’ve automatically been sent a confirmation email. This confirmation email is to make sure that you actually want to be subscribed to Tui Snider’s Offbeat & Overlooked mailing list, and that someone isn’t playing a strange prank on you. How to Claim Your Free Gift As a thank you for subscribing to my…

Reverb11: Community in my Kitchen (and the best sugar cookie recipe ever!)

Community in my kitchen I could fill several blog entries talking about all the places I have experienced community in 2011 – online, offline and even overseas – but for this Reverb11 post I’m going to expound upon the sense of family I’ve enjoyed right in my very own kitchen. My husband has two grown kids, and one of the ways I have gotten to feel like part of the family is through time spent cooking together at our house. I love it! This Thanksgiving, for instance, we assembled and decorated a gingerbread village with them while the turkey roasted.…

Being new versus being authentic

The other day, a little bird recommended an interesting article to me. It’s a take on creativity written by Scott Bourne over at the Photofocus blog. In it, Scott mentions how low self esteem stunts creativity, and how freeing it is to let yourself fail. While I’m familiar with those ideas (although I seem to need constant reminders) what was new to me, were his ideas on being authentic: “I learned this concept best by listening to John Paul Caponigro. He was talking about other art forms and mentioned that in Asia for instance, artists don’t worry about coming up…

New Year? New Reads! Blog Hop Your Way through these 99 Cent Book Deals!

Did Santa give you a gift card? Whoo hoo! The party is on, y’all! A whole bunch of authors, including me, have put their books on sale for 99 cents so you can celebrate the new year with some new reads! So, if Santa tucked a gift card in your stocking, take a moment to check out the books I’m offering, then hop your way through the links at the bottom of this post to see what other authors have for you today! Psst! If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, help spread the word using the hashtag #NewBooks4Me.   I’m offering these books for…

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…