My latest piece: Is Dallas finally ready to become bike friendly? via D Magazine…/is-dallas-finally-ready-to-bec…/

A rush of rental bikes and the ensuing backlash against 'urban litter' have again raised the question of whether this city can handle two-wheeled lifestyle choices.

Just what you're thinking about the night before Thanksgiving -- the new Apple iPhone X (kidding)

Apparently my only redeeming quality in life right now is possessing the new Apple iPhone X. It's the only thing anyone will talk to me about.
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It's not too early to start planning for next year! Why you should 'Take a native Texan to the State Fair'…/take-a-native-texan-to-the-sta… via Katy Trail Weekly State Fair of Texas

I did it. Didn't die. But I certainly wasn't good! Camping for the first 43 via Katy Trail Weekly…/camping-for-the-first-time-at-…

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Who needs blue when you've got pink suede? But the real question: shoes -- function or fashion? via Katy Trail Weekly Illustration by Breanna Cooke Art + Design…/08/11/are-shoes-function-or-fashion/

Add to my worry list finding shoes that look nice enough for, yet let me rack up a few miles a day. So are shoes function or fashion?

It's that time of year...sunburn. "Why I Need Sunscreen School." Illustration by Breanna Cooke Art + Design…/30/why-i-need-sunscreen-school/

My first brush with summer sun and it was apparent why I need sunscreen school. I was a tie-dye mix of cherry Kool-Aid and born-again virgin skin.

Sadly, I did this. The cost was huge.

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I hope your Monday didn't start with coffee on your laptop. Here's another illustration I did for Writer Rani Monson writings, read the full piece here:…/…/02/dont-feed-your-laptop-coffee/

Looking for a good read? Check out "The Light We Lost" by Jill Santopolo, Author This is the type of work I dream of writing. (And no, I don't hope for a sequel. One and done please.)…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER“It’s the epic love story of 2017.”—Redbook“One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag.”—The Skimm “Extraordinary.”—Emily GiffinHe was the first per...

The amazing illustration from Breanna Cooke Art + Design about "Why I Don't Wear Makeup to the Gym" -- do you? #binders

The visuals behind why you have to be rich & skinny to ski via Breanna Cooke Art + Design

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I can finally share the illustrations I've been working on for Writer Rani Monson! Her new website launched over on, check out her #KatyTrailWeekly series for the pieces I've been doing.

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Join the #Dallas Nonfiction Authors Association on Thursday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at Deep Vellum Books to hear Jeff Klein on "Speaking as a Business Strategy" for ...nonfiction authors.

First-timers get in for free. If it'll be your first meeting to attend, join our Meetup group, then contact me to let me know you'd like to attend.

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Jeff Klein, founder of Speaker Co-op, will focus on how to book speaking engagements and specific strategies you can employ as a nonfiction author when speaking to help sell your books and further est

Latest writing piece: 'Confessions of an Online Shopaholic' via Katy Trail Weekly…/…/i-have-an-online-shopping-problem/ Illustration by Breanna Cooke writing by Rani Monson #binders

I have an online shopping problem. This isn't the “ops I’ve drank too much" concern. This is a "I’m definitely stone-cold sober" when placing orders issue.