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Judy Alter
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Grandmother of seven, parent of four. I've been writing since I was ten. Retired as director of TCU Press in 2011 and turned to full-time writing.
Grandmother of seven, parent of four. I've been writing since I was ten. Retired as director of TCU Press in 2011 and turned to full-time writing.

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A happy meal—no, not McDonald’s
I went to a cool
dinner party recently—all done with class and style. About 30 guests, seated
places but buffet platters, host and hostess perfectly relaxed as though they
did that every night of the week. But what struck me
most was a talk with the host wh...
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Losing our heroes
If certain “volunteers”
have their way, we Texans are going to lose all our heroes. A volunteer
committee has been making recommendations to the State Board of Education on
“streamlining” teaching. A red flag shot up in my mind—who are these volunteers
and ...
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Some doggy memories
Do you remember
the dogs of your childhood? I do—a wild and lovable female collie mix
inappropriately named Timmy, an English cocker with a less-than-sweet
disposition, a gentle and genteel collie called “Sister” for some reason. A recent thread on
Facebook...
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Storms, horses and squirrels
                Evacuations
for Hurricane Florence are massive, and predictions frightening. I have good
friends whose relatives are in the hospitality industry in the Outer Banks, and
my friends are biting their nails, worried to the point of distraction. ...
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Downer of a day
The small, online
writers group to which I belong has lost two in the last few days. I did not
know Bob Spittler, except through comments of his wife, Connie, who wrote an
artful and wonderful book, The Erotica
Book Club for Nice Ladies. We all treasure Con...
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Thoughts on a rainy Saturday
I’m bored. Bored,
I tell you! Bored, bored, bored. I had so looked forward to a rainy Saturday.
The rain all morning was constant, though I saw scary pictures from around
town. A nearby street known for restaurants, bars, and fun was ankle-deep in
water tha...
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Cooking with Mom
My mom has been
gone thirty years, and yet she’s still in the kitchen with me. I’ve been
proofreading my new cookbook— Gourmet on a
Hot Plate, due out in November--and there are reminders of Mom on so many
pages—recipes, household hints, etc. I can’t tell y...
Cooking with Mom
Cooking with Mom
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Settling in to school routine
Musical Alters in Tomball I am amused,
bemused, whatever as my grandkids settle in to school for the year. The Tomball
kids are both playing marching band instruments—I can only imagine what their
household sounds like, but I may take earplugs next time I v...
Settling in to school routine
Settling in to school routine
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Finally exasperated
Okay, friends and
neighbors. I have reached the breaking point. I’m going to do something I vowed
I would never do. I’m going to block or unfriend some people on Facebook over
politics. I had hoped for reasonable discussion, but it’s not there. I am tired t...
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An Uncertain Reputation
If you watched the
service at the National Cathedral for the late Senator John McCain you no doubt
saw former President George W. Bush sneaking candy to Michele Obama under the bemused
glance of Laura Bush. It was a touching moment and typical of the relati...
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