5 Gift Ideas for Your Picky Tween (That Aren't a Toy)

I have a ten-year-old, and man, tweens are the worst people to shop for. Are they too old for dolls and toys? Are they too young for technical gizmos and clothes? No kid wants to open a gift card. I've scoured the pitches, the Internet and the catalogs to find these five fun gift ideas for tween girls. ...more
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And Again

Never give up....more

I Survived the Longview Half-Marathon, but It Wasn't Pretty

OMG, it was so cold. Our car thermometer read 27 degrees when Beloved and the little angel dropped me off. I made my way down to the corrals, where we had to wait an extra 15 minutes or so because the traffic jam coming into the single entry-point was backed waaaay up ....more

I'm Scared

The week after I got back from BlogHer '14, I started training for the Longview Half-Marathon. Which is tomorrow. And tomorrow there is this: JACKSON:...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SATURDAY TOMIDNIGHT CST SATURDAY NIGHT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL HASISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW.. ....more

Have You Seen Kim Kardashian's Golden Globes?

I did not realize Kim Kardashian's butt broke the Internet. Late to the party, that's me. ...more
looks like two glazed doughnuts next to each other. It didn't break the internet. It gave the ...more

Flayed

I've been reading. I just finished WE WERE LIARS. It caught me in between the belly scales ....more

It's Worth It to Care

I spent last night at the Lawrence watch event for Paul Davis/Jill Docking's Kansas governor's run. I've known Paul since he married my best friend, and their daughter is my girl's unofficial little sister. So of course I wanted him to win ....more

5 Products to Ease Your Travel Stress This Season

Both sides of my family live in Iowa. Every year, we travel to my husband's side somewhere in the Midwest (with seven brothers and sisters, it tends to be a rotating circle of interstate highway) for Thanksgiving and to my side in Iowa for Christmas. Every. Year. ...more
Love that nap pillow! As far as a favorite I already have, I really like my GoToob. Really basic ...more

The Next Story

I'm in the writing valley right now, shopping some projects to agents, wondering what will happen next. I've been in this place of a different sort of work for about a month now, grinding along, sending out queries, sticking my nose weekly into my color-coded Google doc of victory and rejection. I haven't been writing at all except very sporadically here and of course for my day job ....more

What It Takes to Reclaim Wood

When I was younger, there were several outbuildings alongside my parents' driveway. One of them was a corn crib for hogs that became where we stored my horse Cutter's hay and grain. One of them was a hog shed that became Cutter's barn and my tack room ....more