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Destination: Autumn -- Are We There Yet?

After Labor Day, summer doesn't officially end for another three weeks, but we Texans generally ignore the meaningless semantics of the calendar. Summer knows that it wears the crown in this neck of the woods, and the darn tyrant isn't going anywhere 'til well into October.

Resting on Labor Day Is Hard Work

During a recent family birthday party, my brother-in-law's aunt, an empty nester who travels extensively for work, mentioned that she makes plans for her down time. When I say "plans for her down time," I don't mean weekend getaways or family occasions, per se; she actually has to reserve her own hang-out-in-pajamas, not-doing-squat moments.

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It's Off to School We Go

If Mom & Dad are lucky, the prep work for the first day of school will be a breeze: no ill-fitting clothes, lunches will practically make themselves, and there will be no first-day jitters or tears from the kiddos -- or from the parents either, for that matter.

Ice Cream Gets All Grown Up with Sizzling Fruit

Summers just bring out our inner kids. The wonderfully sticky-sweet, ooey-gooey pleasures of summertime simply demand their due: ice cream, baby!

"Tea Please!"

A crisp, tempting glass of iced tea, sugar-kissed for a Southern sweet tooth, is a mighty fine cure for a Texas summer: a quick pour of strong brewed tea, some garnish and ice. Heavens, yes, lots of ice!