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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Stories | The Farthest Away Mountain

Once upon a time, I went to visit an old friend. Lucy knows how to drive on snow tires now but it still takes concentration. So from the passenger side, I’m free to daydream, watching white shapes swirling in the snowflakes like ghosts. The fog streams by in sheets of mist...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019


Cynthia is a Longhorn twice over with a BA in English and an MA in Communications from The University of Texas. She is a magazine writer now delving into short stories. Below you can find some of her favorite articles.

Her main gig is copy editing for a digital ad agency but she also moonlights as a bass player in a cover band. She loves music, extreme sports and exploring places off the beaten path, and recently completed a six-month program working abroad through Remote Year.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Magazines | Austin Monthly - 101 Fun Things, June 2019 | https://www.austinmonthly.com/issues/austin-monthly-june-2019/

Pack a swimsuit, grab some sunscreen and get ready to have the best summer ever. Here's our annual list of new and classic activities to try in Austin this summer.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Magazines | Austin Monthly - 101 Fun Things for 2018 | http://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/June-2018/101-Fun-Things-to-Do-This-Summer-in-Austin/

Ready for the best summer yet? We've scoured the city for the latest fun-filled activities, from chucking axes to paddleboarding at night to surfing.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Magazines | Austin Monthly - 101 Fun Things for 2017 | https://www.austinmonthly.com/issues/austin-monthly-june-2017/

There's always classics like diving into Barton Springs, live music at Blues on the Green, or cheering on the Round Rock Express. But here's more...

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Magazines | Austin Monthly - 101+ Fun Things for 2016 | https://www.austinmonthly.com/issues/austin-monthly-may-2016/

Summer is truly the most wonderful time of the year. Every year we present more than 100 ideas to make your list of fun things bigger and better.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Blogs | World Nomads - Insider's Guide to 6 of the Coolest Cities in America | https://www.worldnomads.com/Media/Default/SafetyGuides/usacityguide/WorldNomads-USA-City-Guide.pdf

Get tips on what to do, see, eat and where to go from World Nomad “insiders” who live and love these 6 cities: Austin, Seattle, Portland, New York, Los Angeles & San Francisco.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Magazines | Eidé Discovery issue | http://issuu.com/eidemagazine/docs/thediscoveryissueweb/137

The summer issue covered Austin flagmakers, Wild Standard, James Turrell's Skyspace art installation and the new, sweetly inspired honeybee-themed restaurant, Apiary.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Blogs | World Nomads - Insider's Guide: Traveling to Austin | https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/united-states/is-austin-safe

With 228 sunny days a year on average, basking in the sun while listening to live music and sipping craft beer is perhaps the quintessential Austin experience...

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Blogs | Austin Biplane | http://youtu.be/FsbhEE85qxI

Taking a cruise with Austin Biplane proves the only logical answer to Austin's traffic problem is flying.  Here's some video of my aerobatic experience in this open cockpit plane.

Newspaper | The Daily Texan - Canoeing Big Bend | https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ehtikh_zOXcHRiNXBTcVZ1cVE/view?usp=sharing

One Spring Break, I trekked 83 miles down the Rio Grande in a canoe with The University of Texas' RecSports.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Blogs | World Nomads - Cypress Valley Canopy Tours | https://journals.worldnomads.com/nomadcindy/story/29730/USA/Cypress-Valley-Canopy-Tours

It was exploring the cypress trees in Spicewood, Texas at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours where I learned to fly. CVCT is open March through November.

Magazines | Austin Monthly - Surf's Up | http://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/October-2012/Surfs-Up/

Try living Pura Vida. Escape it all to go to a surf/yoga retreat in Mal Pais and catch crystal waves in Costa Rica...

Monday, February 15, 2016


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Magazines | Eidé Form & Function issue | https://issuu.com/eidemagazine/docs/eide_formandfunction_2015web/153

This spread highlights the free SXSJ music fest, brunch at Odd Duck, floatation therapy, Austin Eastciders and foodie video app, Tastemade.

Blogs | Austinist - Snapshots: Art Night Austin Under the Moon [Art Review] | http://austinist.com/2010/03/04/art_night_austin_art_review.php

A full moon lit up the Austin skyline as Art Night got underway last Saturday. Art lovers in purple wristbands whet their appetites with delicious food and drink as they trekked across town from gallery to gallery...

Blogs | Austinist - Prepare Your TPS Reports: Reclaimed Office at Dougherty Arts Center [Art Review] | http://austinist.com/2010/03/23/reclaimed_office_art_preview.php

Featuring fresh interpretations of humdrum office materials, Reclaimed Office is a must-see for anyone who has ever worked a desk job in a gray cubicle.

Blogs | Austinist - Likely Stories: Fables at Austin Art Garage [Art Review] | http://austinist.com/2010/04/14/seeing_stories_fables_at_austin_art.php

Austin Art Garage recently debuted local artist Graham Francoise’s newest work in their freshly expanded exhibit space. Featuring whimsical characters that seem to have stepped right off the pages of a book...

Magazines | Eidé Travel - 2 Tales, 1 City | http://issuu.com/eidemagazine/docs/thediscoveryissueweb/76

Here's a special travel piece about a trip to the Big Easy. Along with another writer, I share my experiences of a long weekend in New Orleans.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Magazines | Austin Monthly - 2014: 114 Fun Things | http://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/May-2014/Features/114-Fun-Things-to-do-This-Summer/

In a city as vibrant and active as Austin, there’s simply no excuse to be bored in the summertime. Locals know the essential warm-weather diversions, from tubing down the Comal and Guadalupe rivers and slurping an icy snow cone...

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Magazines | Austin Monthly - Nature Calls | http://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/September-2013/Nature-Calls/

Austin may be the 11th largest city in the U.S., but there are still plenty of parks, trails, swimming holes and other places to soak in the great outdoors.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Magazines | Austin Monthly - 2013: 113 Fun Things | http://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/May-2013/113-Fun-Things-to-do-in-the-Summer/

Nothing beats living in a city filled to the brim with cool places to go and exciting activities to try. But it’s easy to fall into a rut of relying on your old standbys. Find a list of 113 summer must-dos here, with 56 new activities to try...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Magazines | Austin Monthly - Urban Paradise | http://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/August-2012/Urban-Paradise/

Whether you’re a young professional, doting parent, UT student or empty nester, Austin’s booming downtown area has something for everyone. Explore these 8 dynamic districts in the heart of downtown...

Magazines | Austin Monthly - Best and Worst | http://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/January-2013/Best-Worst-2012/

From an inaugural Formula 1 race, the approval of two weekends of ACL Music Fest and the deaths of local fixtures Leslie Cochran and Darrell K Royal, here’s a look back at 2012.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Magazines | Austin Monthly - 2012: 112 Fun Things | https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Yx7ktgrNS8EfvrLO1YS7AAR2aoWhw84X

While summer standards include swimming in the always-refreshing Barton Springs Pool, seeing the bats fly out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge and movies at Alamo Drafthouse, we compiled over a hundred other fun activities to try...including hula hooping.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Magazines | Austin Monthly - Best & Worst of the Year | https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ehtikh_zOXSDNoREpOcXI3RVU/view?usp=sharing

We saw it all in 2011: a record-breaking, sweltering heat wave, the harsh, never-ending drought and the utterly devastating wildfires. And don’t forget the weirder events, from a meat-stealing ring to an escaped bison.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

Magazines | Rare - Find Your Inner Chi | https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7ehtikh_zOXTk5hTE5LM29lUTA/view?usp=sharing

Feng shui is as elusive as its literal translation from Chinese: wind-water. But Feng Shui Places can help take your interior design flow in the right direction.

Sunday, March 1, 2009