Writing Group Helps You Tap Into Your Creative Side

     There are rumors that Fort Worth has several creative writing groups which regularly meet at city locations. Annie wants to let you know about the one that meets at Fort Worth Library’s Northwest Branch. The next scheduled meeting is December 18, at 6:00 PM.
     For your first visit, you may want to just come and observe to get the lay of the land, or if you’re working on a poem, manuscript, or short story, think about bringing a copy of your masterpiece with you. Annie is told that you’ll be welcome–with or without your work.
      Can’t make it to this month’s meeting? Never fear. Gilbert assures Annie that the group meets on the third Monday of every month. So, you could save January 19, 2018, for your jaunt to the Northwest Library, 6228 Crystal Lake Drive.  Crystal Lake Drive is off of Cromwell-Marine Creek Road, which intersects with Marine Creek Parkway just north of the Tarrant County College Northwest Campus.
     From Loop 820, go north on Marine Creek Parkway. Turn left at Cromwell-Marine Creek Road. The library will be on your left in approximately one mile, next to Parkview Elementary School. Call 817-392-5420, if you get turned around. Writers never get lost. Right?
     There is no charge for membership, and parking is free. If you love writing and hanker for feedback and encouragement from fellow writers, you’ll enjoy being a part of this group.

Annie Ambles to the creative writing group meeting, if not this month, next month



Furry Friends


It seems to Annie that many people decide to add a furry friend to their families at this time of year. Hearts open to animals that need places to live, but before you make that longtime commitment, please think of what caring for an animal entails. In addition to the economics (vet visits, food, grooming, kitty litter, leashes, collars, harnesses, coats, toys, and more), there is the emotional commitment to another living creature.

Caring for and loving a four-legged ball of fluff takes time and energy. Yes, you’ll get a big return on your investment with unlimited, unconditional love from your new family member, so it’s worth the effort and the time it takes to train your pet. Maintain a big supply of patience, persistence, and planning as you walk through life with your newest best ever buddy. And, do walk, not crate, your pet.

The City of Fort Worth is sponsoring several adoption events where you can get a dog or cat for a small fee–$10 on specific days in December. This includes a vet’s health exam, rabies vaccination, spading/neutering, micro-chipping, and city license. Check out the City’s Animal Care and Control Center at 4900 Martin Street, 76119. Call 817 392-1234 to find out dates for the reduced adoption fee. The Center is open Monday through Sunday, 12 noon until 6 PM. If you’re not ready to adopt, you may be able to foster a pet.

The Hulen PetSmart Charities Adoption Center can be found at 4800 SW Loop 820, 76109, or by phone at 817 731-4353, extension 7. Its hours are Monday through Friday, 11 AM until 8:30 P, Saturday, 9 AM through 8:30 PM, and even on Sunday from 9 AM until 6:30 PM. A third adoption location is at 2901 Texas Sage Trail, 76177, at the Alliance PetSmart Charities Adoption Center. Call this center at 817 3927117 or 817 741-7923. It has the same hours as the Hulen PetSmart Center.

If you are renting your home, you’ll want to check with your landlord to ensure that you can keep a pet. You’ll probably need to pay a pet deposit and follow the landlord’s guide rules. Some breeds are not allowed, and size may also be a factor. Good luck; be of good cheer.

Annie Ambles to Pet Smart to get some furry animal interaction

Happy Birthday

The love between a father and daughter


Just a shout out to my wonderful daddy who would turn 121 years young today, if he were still with us. Thank you, Daddy, for giving me unconditional love, practical guidance, and upstanding moral examples. You taught me so many things by practical lessons. Like, there was no car until I could change a flat tire. Yep, my dad stood by me as I did what he told me with that jack, lug wrench, and spare. That little lesson came in handy more times than I can mention.

He’d say, “Your word is your bond.” For him, it was. It’s been a lifelong lesson in keeping my word, no matter what. Couldn’t always do it, but I tried. He didn’t travel much, but he told me that I needed to get as much education and travel as I could because “These are things of the mind that you’ll always have with you.” No Alzheimer’s in his future.

“See your own country before you travel to foreign places.” I did that, Daddy, visiting all 50 states, but also exploring 39 countries. Such wisdom you imparted to your family. Wisdom that I miss when I need advice, so, Daddy, thank you for being my dad, loving me, sheltering me, and sending me out into the world with grace and persistence. And yes, for the lessons on guns, shooting, and safety. After all, we are Texans.

If you’re still lucky enough to have your dad, please give him a hug and tell him you love him. If he’s not within reach, think about calling, emailing, texting, or sending a card. No special reason; just a thoughtful action for a special man.

Annie Ambles misses her daddy on his birthday

“There’s No Place Like Home”

Photo of There's No Place Like Home Furniture - Fort Worth, TX, United States. Pretty

What an interesting place to explore–the shop that can save you about half off the high retail prices of beautiful high end furnishings. “There’s No Place Like Home” has lovely things for every room in your home. It’s open seven days a week at 855 Foch Street, just off 7th. Street in our wonderful city of Fort Worth. If you find something that you like, no matter what, take a photo or get the web site, share either or both with “There’s No Place Like Home” staff. They can order the piece or pieces for you. It’s better than an online dating site the way they can match you up with the exact thing your little heart desires.

Annie thinks the best time to pay a call is on Sunday afternoon when you can share some refreshments with the staff. On Sunday, drop by at 12 noon or anytime within the following five hours; the shop closes at 5 PM. It’s open on weekdays at 10 AM and closes at 9 PM.   Browse until your heart is content. Warning–there are so many wonderful things that you’ll want to make yours.  Give them a home, not only for the holidays, but for the years to come.

Annie Ambles to look at furniture and dream a little of House Beautiful

After Hours at Kimbell’s Saturday Party

Come join Annie tonight, Saturday, December 9, 5:30–7:30 PM at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Get festive with blood orange mimosas, stunning art, and live jazz. After Hours guests will enjoy docent-guided tours of Casanova: The Seduction of Europe, live music by the Joey Carter Trio, prizes, appetizers, and a cash bar with wine and beer in addition to a custom cocktail.

After Hours is free for Museum members; nonmembers pay $30 at the door. Reservations are not needed. To receive e-mail reminders, send a request to membership@kimbellmuseum.org. It’s all happening later today at the Renzo Piano Pavilion.

Learn more about the Kimbell Art Museum by calling 817.332.8451, or visiting its web site at http://www.kimbellart.org. Become a member and join the fun.

Annie Ambles to the Kimbell for After Hours party

Historic Churches Walking Tour


Free Walking Tour - Fort Worth's Historic Churches

Yes, it’s going to be a little chilly Saturday morning, December 9, but this free walking tour of downtown Forth Worth’s historic churches will get your blood pumping. Sponsored and hosted by Donna and Tim Young of Fort Worth Texas Real Estate, the tour will take you to places you’ve never been or even thought existed.  Just make your reservations (space is limited) at this web site <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-walking-tour-fort-worths-historic-churches-tickets-40112558743&gt;. After you’re registered,  come on Saturday to enjoy the two hour walk through downtown Fort Worth with lots of stops along the way.

The tour starts at the historic T&P Lofts at 221 West Lancaster in the resident’s lounge, entered at the revolving brass door, about 9:00 am. The monthly tour is usually led by Fort Worth historian Dr. Richard Selcer and other tour guides who share a love of Fort Worth history. Parking is free at meters along Lancaster Avenue, or paid parking is available in the lot in front of the T&P building. Come early, say between 8:40 AM and 8:45 AM, to enjoy breakfast burritos prepared by the Youngs as well as coffee and orange juice. Even if you forget your bottled water, there is some available in the T&P residents’ lounge. Bundle up, and come on out.

Fascinating Man–Free Lecture

Photo of the Piano Auditorium panel discussion and audience during a State of the Arts programThe Kimbell Art Museum is presenting a Friday evening lecture that is free to the public with no registration requirement. Just show up to learn about “Casanova in Hogarth’s London” as presented by Duncan Robinson, director emeritus of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom, and former director of the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut. The lecture is about an hour long, starting at 6:00 PM, this Friday, December 8, 2017.

As Samuel Johnson famously remarked, “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” The city that Casanova visited was a rapidly expanding metropolis, a place of stark contrasts and social tensions, which was true of eighteenth-century England as a whole. In this lecture, Duncan Robinson explores the way in which the art of Hogarth and his contemporaries both captured and commented on the rich fabric of London and the varied fortunes of its inhabitants.

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Evening lectures by distinguished guest speakers, held throughout the year, address a range of topics relating to the appreciation and interpretation of art. They are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Pavilion Auditorium; simulcast in Kahn Auditorium. Come one, come all, to learn more about the fascinating personality of Casanova. There is underground parking that is also free to the public.

Annie would amble with you to the Kimbell, but she’ll be at her condo’s Christmas party Friday night.