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.

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
Wow. I want to try these. I've never seen ground ham sold in any stores near me. It was, ...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
GoFashionDeals  I went twice, freshman and senior year. Freshman year it was white with cap ...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

Watch Some of My Favorite Bloggy Friends Tell You What Blogging Is

"My blog is my spirit animal." OMG ....more

I Wrote This Post From a Firestone.

Today I had lunch plans for the second time in 2014. So exciting, this leaving the house during the workday thing. I hopped in Vicki, turned the ignition .. ....more