Rita Arens

Rita Arens authors Surrender, Dorothy and Surrender, Dorothy: Reviews. She is BlogHer.com's deputy editor. 

Her parenting anthology and BlogHer's first book, Sleep is for the Weak was published by Chicago Review Press in September 2008 and won a 2009 gold NAPPA.

Her debut young adult novel, The Obvious Game was published in 2013 InkSpell Publishing.

She lives with her husband and daughter in Kansas City. She has a BA in communications studies from the University of Iowa and a MA in English/professional writing from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Follow Rita on Twitter.

I'm Giving Away a Pair of Tickets to the KC Listen to Your Mother Show

Last year, I had the huge honor of being part of the inaugural Kansas City cast of Ann Imig's national Listen to Your Mother Show. Reading my piece in front of an audience was incredible, but the life-changing part of the experience? The friendships branded the minute I met these women in Erin Margolin's basement for a read-through....more

The BlogHer 2014 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Welcome, friends! It's April, which means soon it will be safe to plant things in less-than-temperate zones! And also! You should buy a mama in your life something special. Or else. Here are BlogHer's 2014 faves....more
I so wish Tieks fit me right, but they felt like Shun knives where the elastic hit the top of my ...more

What Do You Mean, "WHAT'S A HAM BALL?"

All my life I've thought everyone had ham balls at Easter. That is, until this week, when I casually mentioned to my co-workers my need to pick up eight pounds of chopped ham so my husband could make his most-coveted holiday recipe for my extended family. This is odd? Other people don't know what ham balls are?...more
joanelizabeth  Good to know they have them that far north.more

We Can All Acknowledge That I Really Suck at Pancakes

Beloved informed me this past week that he will only be gone three of the four weeks in May....more

Reading a Good Book on a Saturday Night: BAM

Thanks to my friend Nordette for making me aware of the existance of these two awesome ladies. BAM! ...more

Taking It Too Far: Back Off the Girls in Prom Dresses

Last weekend, my best friend and I sat blissfully on a restaurant patio in seventy-degree springtime hoping a waiter or waitress might bring us drinks. While we waited, a group of high school kids dressed for prom started to make their way into the restaurant through the revolving door. One girl got her full princess dress stuck in the door, and my friend and I started talking about how much that must suck, hopefully it didn't leave a mark, how embarrassing, la la la. Then we heard the loud and inebriated ladies to our left commenting on the girls themselves after the kids had barely cleared earshot. ...more
Ashleigh Burroughs  I do think the texting at the table thing is weird. Also all the selfies. I ...more

Rock the Parkway: So Then I Ran a Half Marathon!

YOU GUYS, I DID IT! I can hardly believe it....more

Gallowayed: How I Ran, No Walked, No Ran My First Half-Marathon

When I was a freshman in high school, I went out for track. I hadn't actually run at all before I did it. It was sort of a lark. The first day of practice, the coach told us to run an easy mile. All the other girls headed out, talking to each other as they went. I followed along as best as I could, but never having run a mile before except for the Presidential Physical Fitness Tests, I thought I might die and ended up back at the track gasping for air, my lungs on fire. Then, as I would almost every single practice until the weather warmed up, I coughed until phlegm came up, thoroughly embarrassing myself. So I quite shocked myself on Saturday when I ran my first half-marathon. ...more
Julie Ross Godar  The peeing was totally the best part. Afterwards, the peeing.more

5 Book Bloggers to Follow for National Library Week

Did you know there were 292,014 books published in the United States in 2013? (But only seven in Oman.) Who will save us from becoming overwhelmed? BOOK BLOGGERS. I've relied on book bloggers as a reader and as an author for years. Since it's National Library Week this week, let me tell you who to read. ...more
katiebelle1121 No, sadly! I flew back to MN this morning. No snow here today, but it's ...more

I Guess It's Video Week: The 5 Elements of a Story Rap

My girl showed me this last night. LOVE ....more