Above: Remnants of the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture are found at its former home on South Lamar Boulevard.
Yes, I know. This blog is suffering a bit of an identity crisis. First, 2020 abruptly cut short my boulevardier ways, and then in early 2021 we pulled up stakes and moved up the road to Austin.
This blogger entertained herself throughout much of the pandemic by posting her entire novel – An Ostrich-Plumed Hat, and, Yes She Shot Him Dead – online, slowly unfolding it chapter by chapter. A few of my readers actually followed Hedda Burgemeister all the way through her 19teens trial for murder; although, I had been hoping for a little more feedback and filming rights have yet to be sold. Others have embraced posts about our new neighborhood as we started boulevardier-ing north and south off Lamar Bouldevard.
The following list represents the top most popular posts from the past year, minus individual book chapters. The numbers in parentheses are rankings from six months ago, when applicable.
- Introduction to a truthful novel and Chapter One, 2020 (1)
- Who was the ‘Barton’ of the springs?, 2021
- Zilker Park: Founded on a fortune made in ice, 2021
- Most precious part of Zilker Botanical Garden reflects the spirit of one man, 2021
- The lush landscape frostbitten, art commands centerstage at Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 2021
- Colorful remnants of SouthPop linger on South Lamar, 2021
- Sisters like two peas in a pod: Perhaps they shared a wedding dress as well, 2021
- Oakwood Cemetery: Gleaning snippets of history from headstones, 2021
- Walking among the dead seeking hints about our past, 2021
- The Madarasz murder mystery: Might Helen haunt Brackenridge Park, 2012 (2)
- Postcard from Portugal: Pilgrimage to the birthland of San Antonio’s patron saint, 2014
- Please put this song on Tony’s pony, and make it ride away. 2010 (3)
Oh, dear. The past year’s most-read posts on this blog do seem to dwell a bit on ghosts and graveyards.
Time to take flight and travel. We have passports at the ready, and, before too long, we will resume pursuit of the flaneur lifestyle. Will report back well before summer’s end.