These Boots were made for. . .

As you have probably noticed, the front image of my website boasts a beautiful pair of boots. I have received many comments and questions about these boots. I am happy to explain. These boots were made for . . . marching! Not walking. These cowboy boots are very special to me because they were my grandfather’s. The boots were handmade for my grandfather when he was a member of the Cowboy Marching Band at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. While I have his boots, I didn’t get his musical ability! But I did get many other wonderful talents and lessons, which I give him full credit. I was very fortunate to grow-up in the same town as my grandparents and spent many many hours with them. We celebrated all our holidays and birthdays at their house. It was a special treat to get to spend the night at their house – my grandmother would fix a home-cooked dinner and my grandfather would make a special breakfast, M&Ms included. He had quite the sweet tooth! He was an accountant by profession and continually used opportunities to teach my siblings and I about finances. When we were young, he would pay us .10 for every bug we caught or weed we pulled and made it our job to keep track of how much he owed us (without bringing him a handful of bugs or weeds!). He started a lawn mowing business for my older sister with his neighbors, which was passed down to my brother and then to me. He took me open my first bank account and showed me...

Pedestrian Safety

            Walking is the simplest form of transportation and we use it EVERY day – walk through the parking lot to the grocery store, walk the kids to school, walk the dog or walk across the street to work. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes in 2012. So while walking may be the easiest form of transportation, by far, it is not the safest. It’s important to remember a few quick tips to be safe while walking: Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. WHY? This is where car drivers are expecting pedestrians to be. Be predictable. WHY? Drivers and their 4,000 pounds of steel vehicles can’t react quickly. Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. WHY? That is one of the main purposes of sidewalks – Feet traffic ONLY. Be visible at all times – day or night. WHY? If vehicles can’t see you, they can’t plan for you. And don’t forget – Look both ways before crossing the street! Want to see what the City of Austin is doing for pedestrian safety?Check out the City of Austin Pedestrian Programs. Want to do more for pedestrians in your community? Go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for resources and...