Holding a book with the front cover of the book 'Lawns Into Meadows' showing in front of a background of native wildflowers

Lawns Into Meadows

Five Things I learned from “Lawns Into Meadows,” a book by Owen Wormser about how to convert lawns into a regenerative meadow landscapes.

May 23, 2023 · 6 min · 1254 words · Justin Langhorst
Wildflowers from a low angle, greenthreads, bluebonnets

Garden Update for April, 2023

The Greenthread, Bluebonnets and Winecups have been blooming for a while now. It’s so lovely to come into the driveway and be surrounded by this. Lots of Indian blanket waiting to pop. And lots of sideoats grama from last year. I’ve been trying to stay on top of the Hedge parsley but man it’s a lot. Hopefully it won’t be as bad next year / trying to catch it before it goes to seed....

April 21, 2023 · 1 min · 74 words · Justin Langhorst
View of canyonlands with little bluestem and wildflowers in foreground

Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

So many gorgeous views. So many cool plants! Such great company! Exclamations! Creek in the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, 2023

April 14, 2023 · 1 min · 21 words · Justin Langhorst
Members of the 2003 UTA Jazz Orchestra

Thank you, Snodgrass

Fuck. Snodgrass passed away this morning. It was 2003. I was a junior at UTA, working towards a business degree in information systems, putting in 25-30 hours a week at UPS in Mesquite to pay for school, and spending a good amount of time in the music building for music performance and jazz theory just because I loved it. It was there, particularly my time with the group pictured here, that I enjoyed the most....

April 4, 2023 · 2 min · 413 words · Justin Langhorst
View of sunset on top of Congress Bridge in Austin, Texas

Day Trip to Austin

I’ve been meaning to post something for a while. An update. A sign of life. Something that says a little something about what I’ve been doing lately. The answer is simply: a lot. Today was significant. Many days have been significant, lately. But today in particular was further validation that what I’ve been spending my time and energy on is the right path. That I’m exactly where I need to be....

March 13, 2023 · 2 min · 241 words · Justin Langhorst
Front cover of the book 'The Four Agreements' laying on a black countertop

The Four Agreements

Five Things I learned from “The Four Agreements,” a book by Don Miguel Ruiz on how to find personal freedom in a practical manner.

January 25, 2023 · 4 min · 670 words · Justin Langhorst

Five Things

After so many years of reading and taking meticulous notes on whatever seems to interest me in the moment, I began to wonder why I was spending so much effort collecting information. I mean, I love to learn, but why hoard the notes? It wasn’t until I came across Tiago Forte’s work that it all came together: The ultimate purpose of collecting information is to share what you’ve organized and distilled with others....

January 25, 2023 · 1 min · 166 words · Justin Langhorst

Native Landscaping

After having the majority of the front yard redone last winter (driveway, grading), I seeded that side with a native seed mix from Native American Seed. Prairie grasses and flowers showed up! It turned out better than I expected considering the crazy summer and very little rain during that period. It was my goal to finish the other side on my own, and today I’m mostly done. After removing a crap-ton of liriope, light grading work, and fixing the stone path, I finished by seeding with shade-friendly grass and wildflower mixes....

January 23, 2023 · 2 min · 248 words · Justin Langhorst
Looking down a path, close to ground, red oak tree in the distance, winter

Waking Up

I’ve been volunteering at the Windmill Garden at the Dallas College Brookhaven campus for a few months now. It’s a North Texas Master Naturalist sponsored garden, absolutely full of life, and has been one of my favorite places in the city since its creation a number of years ago. I was recently accepted into the 2023 training program and I’m truly excited to be a part of projects like this and work with like-minded people....

December 14, 2022 · 2 min · 384 words · Justin Langhorst

Castle Peak 100K (2021)

One of the reasons I sign up to both enjoy and suffer through ultra-marathons is for the experience of sheer adventure. The nature. The people. The camaraderie of the trail running community. Another more personal reason: ultra-marathons provide excellent opportunities to get to know myself at deeper levels. I intended to finish the 62 miles of this race on very little training. While I only made it through half the race, I left with far more valuable lessons than I would have had I finished....

November 1, 2022 · 21 min · 4389 words · Justin Langhorst