Rita Arens

Rita Arens

Following
Followers

Mike Brown, #Ferguson, and "You Should Have Seen This Coming"

I paused a DVRed episode of "The Voice" to listen to the press conference regarding the possible indictment of Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. My ten-year-old asked for an explanation, and I fumbled around for words before simply saying a boy was shot and left for dead on the street for four hours, and now they're not even going to charge the man who did it. She asked why. I didn't have an answer. "I don't know," I said. "He was tall. He was strong. He was black." I knew only the last sentence really mattered. I didn't used to think such things matter. I've grown up. I've been educated....more
Had a similar conversation with my daughter this morning. Sometimes there just aren't enough ...more

How to Write a Headline or Teaser That's Impossible to Ignore

Have you finally penned your masterpiece, soon-to-be-viral post? Hold up: There's a little more to write, and it's incredibly important. Your post title, as well as what you say about your post in social media, are your workhorses. The best post in the world does no good if no one clicks through to it. ...more
Thats a great list! Thank you:) We recently found out about Portent Title Maker - I recommend ...more

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
femininecollective You're welcome.more

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