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Anne Leonard


Holidays in the South

I’m sitting outside at a Starbucks in Sugar Land, remembering that there are reasons I still love the flat, swampy Texas Gulf Coast, namely its balmy winter weather. After more than four months in the dry, dry Southwest, the humidity — which is unbearable in the summer — feels quite nice. I’m preparing for the…

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My nomadic life

Within the past week and a half, I’ve been in Big Bend National Park, visited friends who retired in the Texas Hill County, returned to Houston, visited friends in Waco and returned to Houston again. Now I am on a girls trip. We’ve spent the weekend in New Orleans and are leaving for the Florida…

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My last day in Texas

I am sheltering from 100-degree heat in a tiny cabin in the Texas Panhandle. So much for hiking the fern cave loop. It was doable first thing this morning, but that wasn’t in the cards. I slept in, drank coffee and enjoyed a cool morning breeze. Yes, it is hot here but I have now…

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Flowers and typos

It rained hard last night, and today is so cool (by Houston standards anyway) that the heat came on mid morning. Not to gloat to all my friends north of here, but your loss (in the way of cold and snow and mud) are our gain. The jasmine and magnolias are in bloom and the…

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Christmas in Houston

All the windows are open in my house, with the scent and sound of a warm soft rain drifting in. I’ve been back in Sugar Land for nearly a week and now remember why I still call the greater Houston area home. Yes, it is a buggy swamp with some of the worst weather imaginable…

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