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It’s a Miracle! 4 New Pairs of Shoes that Don’t Hurt My Feet?!?

It's not that I have a fetish or anything (that sounds pretty creepy), but on the other hand, I  do notice pretty feet. And I'm certainly not the only one.   The Chinese have long ago discontinued the tradition of foot binding; however, it was a practice long- considered as greatly contributing to the beauty of a wealthy young girl. In India, children bow to touch the feet of their elders as a sign of great respect. Don't show the sole of your shoe when visiting the Middle East, but do try to trip on your left foot when in Russia

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5 Things to Know Before You Go – The Pioneer Woman Mercantile

Planning a Trip to the Merc? If The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska is on your list of places to go this year, here are five ways to make sure you get the most out of this fabulous woman-tribe experience. The Mercantile is a beautiful building, from the windows to the floors!  One - The Lines Can Be Pretty Long My friend Jana and I set out from Cushing, Oklahoma with plans to arrive in Pawhuska mid-morning. Our plan was to, first, get the whats-what, then eat lunch in the restaurant, after which we would fill our

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A Scenic Day Trip to Krause Springs for a Late Fall Picnic

I just dearly love Thanksgiving.  The flavors, the togetherness, the weather - and the family games. This year, we played Hedbanz, and it was great fun! By the time Friday rolls around, though, if you're like me, you kinda start itchin' for a little something to do outside.   Shopping? Maybe.  More likely, something like a great little day trip.  So we packed a day trip picnic with turkey sandwiches from two loaves of French bread that we could slice when we reached our destination, and loaded them into our insulated bag,

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A Day Trip to San Antonio

My step-dad doesn't know that we are supposed to be speaking with shorter words when conversing with millenials.  But, for the whole time I've known him, he has been a pro at calling cities and towns by half their real names. San Antone is short for San Antonio.  Until I was 14 years old, I literally Did.Not.Know.That. Same with Albu-kerk.  That's only the half of it.  I should have figured it out sooner.  We listened to plenty of country music on family trips in the brown station wagon - but, for real, I thought the singers

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Love the Ones You’re With – A Day Trip to Brenham

If you're down and confused...And you don't remember who you're talking to...Concentration slips away...Because your baby is so far away... -Stephen Stills (1970) OverFiftyers have a lot more in common than our love for '70s music and platform shoes.  One big thing is this:  The kids don't live at home anymore.  If we're lucky, we might have one that comes home from college in the summer.  Lots of us are blessed to live in the same town with our kids, but if not...we make plans to see them whenever, wherever and however

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The Violet Crown is Worth the Drive Downtown

Movies are just so much fun.  One of my friends started going to a Tuesday afternoon movie when her kids were in Mother's Day Out and has never stopped.  My parents love to watch movies at home, but occasionally, if there's a great action film on the big screen, they make plans and go.  Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, my sister-in-law's whole turkey-stuffed family has seen a movie together. Movies are great fun - and the theaters are a big part of the experience. Lots of people in Texas live in small towns and

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Walk This Way

Have you ever stopped to ponder for a second just how much work goes into maintaining the beautiful outdoor spaces we enjoy in our communities? Somebody is picking up the trash, mowing the grass and maintaining the plants just about anywhere we could possibly go. Until a recent walk around one of Austin's most beautiful places, I had hardly given that a thought.   In fact, as I was mulling this over, our September issue of Austin Monthly arrived, and I discovered that the publisher and I are both on the same page, so to speak.

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Let’s Go to Luckenbach, Texas

If people ask what's my best idea for a day trip, I'll tell them to go to Luckenbach, Texas.  This is the best one-day excursion we've done since moving to Austin. Since we went to Luckenbach, I've raved a little and mentioned it to lots of people.  I've mentioned it to people who've lived in Austin way longer than we have.  People who graduated from the University of Texas and never left.  And guess what? Many of them have never been to Luckenbach, Texas.  Not with Waylon.  Not with Willie.  Not with the boys. Take it from

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Only a Day (Trip) Away

Tomorrow Tomorrow I love ya,' tomorrow You're only a day away.                                   -- Annie One of the themes of Annie's life is that she's hopeful for a better tomorrow...and tomorrow is only a day away. We can make it through a whole lot of "stuff" when we stay hopeful for tomorrow,  can't we? When it's Thursday, Friday is just around the corner, and when it's midnight, morning is on the way. There's always hope for a bright and glorious tomorrow! Speaking of a day away, how about planning

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What I Learned About LBJ Made Me Wish I Had Known Lady Bird

If it's true at all, it's true about Lady Bird Johnson.  She was surely the phenomenal woman behind a successful man.  I wish I could have known her. Now, I dearly love my new Ivanka Trump perfume - and I even wore a bright red Make America Great Again cap to work for crazy hat day (which, I'll have you know, was an extremely b-r-a-v-e thing to do!). So, yes, it's probably obvious that I'm a big ol' fan of Mr. Trump, but I respect the office of the president, no matter who's sitting in the chair, dadgum it.  (I like saying

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