Death Penalty

If you read anything online this week, consider spending some time with this.

It’s a letter written by a man about to be executed by the state of Texas.

Growing up in Texas, I never questioned the death penalty much. It was presented to me as a punishment for Really Bad People. People who did things so bad, to kill them would be the only humane thing to do. They could not function in society. These were people who were compulsive murderers, who had no empathy, who had forgotten what it was to be human.

Turns out, it’s not really that simple.

Living in the northeast for many years and now in Europe, the death penalty isn’t something that’s brought to my attention all that much. This letter truly gives you pause, no matter what side of the death penalty debate you fall on.

Once you’re done with that letter, read this one.

This is a letter written by the victim’s brother.

Texas: Where to Eat in Oak Cliff

So I recently visited Texas for several weeks over the Christmas break to see my family. It was a lot of fun and included a lot of eating. A lot. Plus, much to my delight, my old neighborhood which was none too glamorous in my day, has experienced a wonderful revival and is now full of tasty and hip places to eat. Here are three of my recommendations for Oak Cliff dining.

Gloria’s – a Dallas institution. Spacious tables under moody lighting, delicious food, and awesome margaritas… yep, this place is trouble. The Oak Cliff location has plenty of local flavor being located in an old firehouse. The food is… well, possibly the best Tex-Mex ever, as well as a delicious sampling of Salvadorian! Their thin, crispy chips and tasty salsa cannot be beat. I make it a point to always come here when I am in Dallas. Beware the dangerously good margaritas. Very strong. Bonus – the Oak Cliff location has free valet parking!

Eno’s – The pizza shop in the Bishop’s Art District. Pretty much what you might expect for a classy pizza place: delicious flat bread creations as well as a stellar beer list, and a friendly staff, all at reasonable prices. They have loads of good vegetarian and meaty options to satisfy a mixed a crowd. They’ve got a rustic decor thing going on too with an antler chandelier, but it doesn’t feel put on, just hipster-cool.

The Belmont Hotel – my favorite place in my old ‘hood for a drink. They’ve got fancy things like cedar-infused tequila and more regular stuff like Lone Star and PBR. What really makes this place (in addition to proximity to my house!), is the beautiful view of downtown Dallas. If you ever get to stay here for the night, I highly recommend going to the pool which has an even better view than the bar!

The Texas Land

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The Texas palate of blue and tan.

I am visiting my family in Texas for a few weeks over the Christmas break, and the landscape seems so very different now that my eyes are so used to seeing British and European surroundings. Compared with Europe’s small streets, tall buildings, and London’s ever-present clouds, Texas seems wide, flat, and bright. The sky, unhampered by the rise of the earth or man’s structures, seems to really be the shape of half a globe instead of a flat, dimensionless background.

And two colours stand out as the constant palate here Continue reading

Music: Jesse Woods

I really like listening to this guy at work or while cooking. He’s got a sweet, mellow way of singing that makes him deliver good and bad news all with the same delightful lilt. Plus, how could you not like an album called “Get Your Burdens Lifted?”

Also, he’s from Texas. ‘Nuff said.

Sometimes I wonder why I’m doing all this world traveling, sailing, working an important office-type job for a big company, when really, I’m just a cowgirl, waiting to get back home to my pony, my dog, and my cowboy…