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photo essay: Women’s RED New Moon

photo essay: Women’s RED New Moon

Sunday, Feb. 7 The Red Temple featuring the Vagina Hall (otherwise known as the abode of Amy “Moonlady” Martin)   It was exuberant and smoky, a rollicking wild ride sandwiched between those heartfelt and fascinating conversation-and-nosh sessions that weave the women’s web. Such a great group of sacred and silly women! I feel so grateful to host this gathering every …

Kathleen Madigan : Beagles and Bars

Kathleen Madigan : Beagles and Bars

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An interview with comedian Kathleen Madigan, who is swimming through her 25-year career in The Mermaid Lady Tour, stopping at the Majestic Theatre Saturday. by Amy Martin published Sunday, January 17, 2016 Dallas — Kathleen Madigan wants a dog, a beagle of course, the party animals of the canine community. But she can’t have a dog right now, being on …

North Texas Wild: Ode to the Little Brown Bird

North Texas Wild: Ode to the Little Brown Bird

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The rufous-crowned sparrow is more likely seen in Tarrant County and farther west according to NCTexasBirds.com. Photo courtesy of Christopher L. Wood/Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  by Amy Martin Jan. 18, 2016 We like our birds like we like our jewels: large, colorful and flashy. Blue jays and cardinals catch your attention; woodpeckers make you say “wow.” To see a painted …

Elva Roy and Ambassadors For Aging

Elva Roy and Ambassadors For Aging

 January-February 2016 Helping Arlington and the mid-cities civic community get ready for the Silver Tsunami by Amy Martin   “Be the kind of woman who when your feet hit the floor in the morning the devil says ‘Oh no, she’s up!’ ” In the case of Elva Roy, it’s not the devil but Arlington officials that feel the tremor. The …

The Aging Hippie: Becoming a Crazy Aunt

The Aging Hippie: Becoming a Crazy Aunt

by Amy Martin Issue – Fort Worth, January-February 2016   Hippiedom is superb training for being the crazy aunt. A good hippie embraces each day as a unique gift overflowing with creative potential and opportunities to connect and serve. We are the keepers of the carpe diem. My heart melts each time my grandnieces greet me at family gatherings with …

Cosmic & calendar highlights 2016

Cosmic & calendar highlights 2016

Just the highlights, not an inclusive list. Lots of seasonal dates and Full Moons falling on weekends, including a Saturday spring equinox. Biggie of the year: Full Moon weekend Summer Solstice! Next biggie: Lunar Samhain and Divali occur on a Sunday, the the day before Halloween/Samhain. February 8 – New Moon & Chinese New Year 23 – Full Moon falls on a …

The Year in Comedy

The Year in Comedy

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Photo: Phillip Allen The Naughty Bits, an offspring of Pegasus Theatre   Amy Martin wraps up the changing and growing local comedy and variety scene in North Texas in 2015, from stand-up to improv to sketch to circus. by Amy Martin published Thursday, December 31, 2015 Dallas — As spotty as my comedy attendance was this year, one thing is …

Big Top Thoughts: The Lone Star Circus

Big Top Thoughts: The Lone Star Circus

Photo: Zan Keith Photography The Lone Star Circus continues to blossom, and show that the circus arts are deeper than you think, with Zingari at Dallas Children’s Theater. by Amy Martin published Thursday, December 31, 2015   Dallas — Before there was dance, theater, music and culture, there was play—the curiosity to see if the things we imagine can be made …

North Texas Wild: Local conservationists are bringing back the Blackland Prairie

North Texas Wild: Local conservationists are bringing back the Blackland Prairie

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A prairie remnant at Winfrey Point overlooking White Rock Lake in Dallas. Photo by Sean Fitzgerald. By Amy Martin Nov. 24, 2015Stand sometime in the midst of a typical Texas pasture. Everything is contained, with neat fencerows and grass kept short by the relentless grazing of cows. It’s silent and still, with no movement or sound of wildlife. Peaceful and …

North Texas Wild: Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake

North Texas Wild: Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake

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Local history winds through Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake Nov. 3, 2015 by Amy Martin Bob Jones is everywhere in the far northern parts of Southlake where it adjoins Grapevine Lake. Bob Jones Road, Bob Jones Park and Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve are just a few of the references to John Dolford “Bob” Jones, born a slave …

The Aging Hippie: Crepuscular

The Aging Hippie: Crepuscular

by Amy Martin Sleepless nights and too much rumination. Menopause is long past, so I don’t have that to blame. By this point in the fall, the longer nights should have me in a mood for sleeping. But no, I lie here deep into the night, weighed down by endless what ifs, plagued by perceived slights and lost opportunities, and …

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