52

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Today marks a special occasion: 52 weekly stories for the On Tap series at CentralTrack.com. Central Track editor Pete Freedman approached me last summer about taking this project over, and I couldn’t resist. At first, the idea of writing one thousand words about a beer from a DFW brewery terrified me. But it wasn’t the …

Easy Potato Soup

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This recipe is adapted from a couple of other recipes I checked out. I scanned, made a in-my-head grocery list, and then got down to business. So feel free to add or subtract items. I like the danger of cooking without a formal recipe. (Except for baking, of course.) Total time: 1 hour Cost: who …

Animal Guardians of America: Follow-Up

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Vanessa finally received response from the Animal Guardians of America. And she shared the feedback that she received. And now I’m even more pissed at how foolishly this organization handled this situation. So what’s the take-away here? I think that this is a missed opportunity for a successful dog adoption. And the snobbery and oversight …

Open Letter to Animal Guardians of America

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Dear Animal Guardians of America, My neighbor tells me that someone at your organization was supposed to drop by with a dog for adoption… but that this foster caregiver didn’t even stop to get out of their car, stating that the house (and the neighborhood) wasn’t nice enough. Really? REALLY? That seems like a crazy …

Bubble

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I am about to start my final semester in my grad school program at UT Dallas (emerging media master’s degree program), and part of this final semester is to make a capstone project. I’m going to produce a documentary (video) piece about creative culture, and the “bubble” between professional people and their serious side projects. …