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Cemetery Symbols: J is for Jesus …in Cowboy Boots!

Jesus in Cowboy Boots? I had such a hard time coming up with a good cemetery symbol for the letter J that I decided to re-post my entry for the 2013 A to Z blog challenge, in which my theme was Quirky Texas. That was my first year, and I didn’t yet realize that A to Z posts are meant to be short and sweet. This is a fun one, though. Enjoy! How to leave a comment on this post Please comment about this post on Tui Snider’s Facebook. Leave your link in the comments, and I’ll drop by your…

Venice Enchants – Even During Flood Season

High Tide in Venice Italy Venice is known for seasonal flooding called Acqua Alta. This “high water” is especially strong when wintry high tides coincide with a Mediterranean wind called a scirocco. Normally, I would avoid traveling to a city during a flood, but Venice is different. Acqua Alta is something Venetians have dealt with for centuries, and visiting the city during this time makes you feel like part of some ancient rhythm. As you can see in the photo below, they sell rubber boots for travelers who show up unprepared. I like how they made that W, too. Does…

X is for Xanthic Sky & Rainbow

Phronistery is Phun for Word Nerds While hunting for words that start with the letter X, I came across a nifty site: Phronistery. It’s a website dedicated to unusual words. It’s well-organized and gives concise definitions. Fun! I’ve bookmarked it ‘cuz I’m a word nerd and I bet a bunch of you all are, too. :D Xanthic Means… …yellow! The word “xanthic” means “yellow,” so today’s post features a trio of pictures I snapped after a dramatic hail storm we had last month. I live in Tornado Alley, so I do more than just marvel at the sight of a…

W is for World’s Smallest Skyscraper

The World’s Smallest Skyscraper Built in 1919, the Newby-McMahon Building in downtown Wichita Falls (701 La Salle, Wichita Falls, TX) is more commonly referred to as “the world’s smallest skyscraper.” J.D. McMahon was an engineer and oilman from Philadelphia who proposed adding a high-rise section to the original building to that it could house more office space. McMahon quickly raised $200,000 (a fortune for that time) to construct an office building according to plans he drew up. At a glance, it appeared that the finished building would stand 48 stories high, and McMahon never said otherwise. Unfortunately for the investors,…

Morgan Dragonwillow features Unexpected Texas on International Women’s Day

Unexpected Texas Climbs the Charts Welcome to Day 7 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas. My book is currently for sale as a paperback and eBook on Amazon. I’m also thrilled to report that on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Unexpected Texas reached #1 on the Amazon Bestsellers list for Dallas – Fort Worth Travel books! Morgan Dragonwillow: My Creative Champion Today, my book is featured on Morgan Dragonwillow’s blog. I’m so grateful to have Morgan in my life. Even so, I struggled with this post. It’s simply impossible to sum…

Unexpected Texas Reviewed on Less Beaten Paths today

#UnexTex is reviewed on Less Beaten Paths today Welcome to Day 6 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas. My book is now on sale as a paperback and eBook on Amazon. I’m also thrilled to report that on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 my book reached #1 on the Amazon Bestsellers list for Dallas – Fort Worth Travel books! Today, Unexpected Texas is featured on David Sumoflam Kravetz’s Less Beaten Paths blog, Sumoflam’s Story Shots Tumblr, and also Sumoflam’s Singlewide blog. I met David through Twitter, and immediately realized that he is…

Unexpected Texas Gets Reviewed by a Native Texan (spoiler alert: She loves it!)

#UnexTex is featured on This Eclectic Life today Welcome to Day 5 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas. It’s now on sale as a paperback and ebook on Amazon. Yippee! Today, my book is featured on Shelly Tucker’s blog, This Eclectic Life. Not only is Shelly a bona fide native Texan, but a few years ago the National Endownment for the Arts (NEA) named her an “American Masterpiece.” Pretty cool, eh? Of all the bloggers on the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour, Shelly is the only one I…

Unexpected Texas Review on Victoria’s Reading Alcove

Unexpected Texas is featured on Victoria’s Reading Alcove today Welcome to Day 4 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas. It’s now on sale as a paperback and ebook on Amazon. Whoop w00t! Today, my book is featured at Victoria’s Reading Alcove. Victoria is a deep-thinking accountant who not only reads voraciously, but takes the time to analyze and digest what she reads. In a recent blog post entitled Time Warps and Other Voyages of the Mind she compares accounting to time travel. I’ve gotten to know Victoria mainly through Facebook.…

Unexpected Texas Mini-Interview at Byteful Travel

Unexpected Texas is featured on Byteful Travel today Welcome to Day 3 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas which is now for sale as a paperback and ebook on Amazon. Yee haw! Today, Unexpected Texas is featured at the home of fellow author and travel blogger, Andrew Crusoe. Andrew is the creator of my favorite travel website, Byteful Travel. I originally met Andrew through the travel blog carnivals I used to host here (I really need to dust those off again!), and he is high on the list of internet…

Unexpected Texas Meets Cowboys, Aliens & Patricia Lynne

#UnexTex is featured on Patricia Lynne’s blog today Welcome to Day 2 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas, which is now selling on Amazon. Whee! Today, my book is featured at the blog of fellow writer Patricia Lynne, Independent YA Author Like me, Patricia is intrigued by haunted places, UFO sightings, the paranormal, and other eerie fodder. She writes Young Adult stories that often feature paranormal beings struggling with human issues. Make sure to check out her books, including Being Human, over on her Amazon page. Day 2 #UnexTex Prizes…

Unexpected Texas Book Release & Interview on StoryDam

Welcome to the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour Welcome to the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour! My quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas officially launches today, which means it’s now available as both a paperback and eBook on Amazon. To get the word out, I organized a week-long book release blog tour. Each day this week, my book Unexpected Texas will be featured on a different blog. These are all fellow writers who inspired and helped me along the way. What’s the #UnextTex hashtag for? If you use Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media platform where…

UFO Shaped McDonald’s in Roswell, New Mexico

This McDonald’s is Worth a Road Trip Detour I usually avoid McDonald’s restaurants on road trips, simply because I want to taste local flavors and support small, non-franchised family restaurants whenever possible. Plus, we all know what the menu is like, and if we’re really craving one of their burgers, we can always get one at home. [CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOS & READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE] Tweet This Post