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12 Fun and Useful Gift Ideas for Grads

May is the month of graduations and celebrations for those who are crossing over from school to school or from school to new job. Be ready to acknowledge accomplishments with these 12 Gift Ideas for Grads. Fun and Useful Gift Ideas for Grads SOCKS. What graduate doesn't need more socks? These socks are ranked by Men's Health as the best for everyday wear.  Feetures! High Performance No Show. Click here to order from Amazon. Place them in a gift back with shoe deoderizer, clippers, peppermint foot balm, and a copy of Andy

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Why I Decided to Write a Blog and Call it Austin Over Fifty

As a child, I loved to write. Letters, diaries, notes to pass to friends sitting down the pew at church.  "I wish you were here to help me go through all these pictures and stuff," she said. "Who would have ever thought we could have stored all of this in that little hall closet?" she mused. "Now that we've moved and I'm going through it all here, there are huge piles of pictures and papers everywhere. I'll just leave them like they are until next time you come to Amarillo, ok?" From my side of our telephone conversation, I

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5 Outstanding Places for Patio Dining Near the Capitol

If you're spending a few days in Austin or you're planning your next date night, you might want to check out my list of 5 outstanding places for patio dining near the Capitol.  One of the very best, most wonderful and amazing things about the Texas Hill Country is the ease with which we enjoy dining outside. Morning, noon and night for almost three-fourths of the year, people eat on the patio, on a balcony or on a blanket at a park. People say that's because of the bats. The bats eat the flies. At least that's what they told

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Coffee is Capital on Congress Avenue

No one who enjoyed a cup of coffee in 1888 would have been drinking it while strolling down Congress Avenue. The paper cup wasn't even invented until 1907. Before a man named Walter Cecil developed his patented version in 1936, there was no paper cup with a handle on it. And then it wasn't until 1964 that fresh coffee was sold in to-go cups, when 7-Eleven  on Long Island, N.Y., became the first chain of convenience stores to sell it. Photo (1888) courtesy Texas State Historical Association. Read more about of the

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Little City Coffee Roasters Makes Big Impact on Austin Coffee Drinkers

Little City Coffee Roasters Makes Big Impact on Austin Coffee Drinkers It was a little too early to wake the sleeping giant beside me that Sunday morning. Just because I couldn’t go back to sleep didn’t mean I should disrupt the blessed zzzzzzs of my sweet, hormonally-balanced man. I had already been awake for almost two hours. Thinking. Praying. Planning. Perusing Facebook on my phone. Being quiet. It was Sunday. We can sleep in on Sundays, I reminded myself. You should go back to sleep, I self-instructed. Oh, well, I can

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50 Fabulous Ways to Celebrate Your 50th Birthday in Austin, Texas

Welcome to the Fabulous 50's, my friend!  How are you feeling about your big 5-0? Are you giving yourself some pats on the back for getting out of bed and smiling - with Every Breath You Take? Or are you finding your Down Under to be a little stiff, making you feel a little like Mr. Roboto? Well, You Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' before you have a Total Eclipse of the Heart, so Jump out from under your knitted afghan, because If This is It, and you're really 50, there's going to be some Dancin' in the Streets tonight! Let's

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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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