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Bodacious reads the Golden Rule

When I was a child, my grandparents lived on a cattle ranch in Central Texas. It was close enough to Midland that we went to visit regularly. Every holiday, spring break and summer, too. Like all the other men in my family, my brother worked there on those visits, herding cattle, feeding cows, running the tractor, panting fences and pens. As a girl, and the last granddaughter, I didn’t have to do any of that. I went shopping with my...

This does not suck: Roomba best invention ever

I credit my bestie, Baby Spice, with my inherent need to name the meaningful mechanical things in my life. She started naming her cars in high school, and I followed suit. Things that cost a significant amount of money deserve a name that suits their looks and personalities! Her first car was Herman, a little light brown hatchback. We suspected he was imbued with magical powers because he steered us all over West Texas and the Metroplex without incident –...

Goulash: it’s a life metaphor y’all

When I was in high school, my mother started letting me help her cook dinner. Her recipe box was not full, there were no exotic recipes with curry or bean sprouts. But the things she did make were unprocessed and nutritious, what most of us would call “plain.” But they were delicious to me. Beef stew, roast beef, taco meat with Mexican rice. Fried deer meat and gravy. Chocolate pie, brownies and spaghetti. One of my favorites though, was, and...