Monday, May 3, 2010


I asked my mom one time why all of her friends were so young and she said, “Because everyone my age is too old!” Well, obviously that is relative, and truth be told, when I asked mom that question, most of the people her age were actually dead. But I must admit that I also enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of younger gals. Case in point: my luncheon last Thursday with three young, Very Smart Gals, Beth Rowan, Randi Knight and Debbie Tate.

I met Beth Rowan around 1997, when she was the Events Coordinator at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Anyone who has done events knows that is the hardest work in the world, and she was one of the best I’ve ever seen. The Wildflower Center is a classy place, does classy events, and Beth was a classy events coordinator. Since then she’s become the mother of two little girls and an editor of curriculum for students with a speech disability, for international publisher, pro-ed. Beth is just one of the nicest gals around so I’ve tried really hard to keep her in my life.

I adore Randi Knight, and I’m not just saying that because she is a client. Randi is the Director of Development and Marketing at The Arc of the Capital Area, an accomplished artist, and the brainiac behind The Arc of the Arts, an artist studio and gallery for artists with a developmental disability. This program/place is amazing and has done so much for the self-esteem of a community of people often overlooked, undervalued, and sometimes even feared. Check out the Arc of the Arts Blog and you’ll see what I mean. Anyway, Randi is a super cool gal, and she and her husband own a home on Lake Tahoe for gauds sake! I am so jealous, but I love her anyway. 

Debbie Tate is one of my closest and dearest friends and someone that I truly respect and admire. She is super energetic, super smart and super fun. Debbie is also the Director of Development at the Center for Child Protection, coordinating, among many other things, fabulous fundraisers such as PlayBingo and Dancing With The Stars, all focused on raising money to keep children in Central Texas safe from abuse. You will not meet a more down-to-earth gal - and she’s a cowgirl to boot, helping her dad work cattle several times a month.
Yee Haw! Thanks, Beth, Randi and Debbie for your gal-acious friendships and for helping me stay young!


  1. This whole age thing has been a problem for me my entire life. We were one of the first families to move into Cape Coral in the summer of '61. There were a lot of retired people there and some of them my very best friends. They taught me to fish, play golf, control my temper, and I had at least three gentlemen who filled part of the void where a father should have been. I have always liked old people. Now that I am one, I find that most
    Of my frinds are much younger than I. I guess I've always been sort of age inappropriate. At least all of my friends aren't dead yet.

  2. Thanks for sharing your interesting thoughts Carl. If you're what happens when someone is "age inappropriate," I wanna be it! Hugs, SueAnn