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Jean Synodinos | Austin, TX

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NYC: Every Square Inch Matters

I was up in NYC for a few days in September and was reminded wholly and dearly of just how much I miss the city. Continue reading “NYC: Every Square Inch Matters”

The Beach in Winter

Last week I wrote about why I’ve left a good job (Plan B) to start living  purposefully (Plan A). In a week or so, I’ll post about how I pulled that off, but this week… I’m at the beach.

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Day of the Dead, Part 2

In the last post, I shared some color photos taken in a nearby Mexican cemetery on Day of the Dead, photos from the left side of the graveyard, with gravesides of the more recently departed. Continue reading “Day of the Dead, Part 2”

Day of the Dead, Part 1

Celebrated in Mexico and other lands, Day of the Dead was completely foreign to me until I moved to Austin in the late 90s. A full-on Yankee gringo, and I confess it struck me as a tad morbid for awhile there–a national celebration that includes everything from mad gravesite altars to skulls made of sugar. My tribe can’t quite wrap its collective head around doing more than placing a few solemn flowers by a headstone every now and then. Continue reading “Day of the Dead, Part 1”

Austin’s Trees & Things That Live in Them

Here in Austin, we don’t have a lot of exotic trees. We have multitudes of sturdy and steady Live Oak; they only shed their leaves as new ones emerge, giving us year-round greenery. We have gnarly Mountain Juniper trees with branches like witches’ fingers, Continue reading “Austin’s Trees & Things That Live in Them”

My Romantic Neighborhood

I live in a quiet, working class neighborhood on the south side of town. The streets are wide, but the homes are small. Even though there’s genuine cultural diversity on these blocks, the houses are homogenous. It’s pretty safe, the taxes won’t kill you, and I think of it as one of the last few truly affordable areas to buy a house in south Austin. Continue reading “My Romantic Neighborhood”

I Heart NOLA

I guess the first time I visited New Orleans was about 12 years ago, before Katrina changed its face and heart and soul. Continue reading “I Heart NOLA”

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