before & after

Our kitchen fell apart last fall.  At Thanksgiving, actually.  There was a leak under the floor that rotted out the whole thing from the underside up.  And as I watched the flooring guys pulling up our kitchen floor with their bare hands like it was a wet paper towel, something great hit me:  We’d hit […]

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popcorn art

Summer is really not my season.  Or I suppose I should say, Texas summer is not my season.  Or climate.  If we lived in Nova Scotia, I might well love summer best of all. But down here in Houston, it’s hot.  Summer is mostly about coping for me.  Going out in the steamy, hot, mosquito-ridden […]

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video: what are you grateful for?

I am lucky in a thousand ways this summer.  And one of them is that I get to help host a Secret Mission for the Dream Lab at Mondo Beyondo. Here’s what it is:  My friends at Mondo Beyondo want to inspire folks to create guerilla goodness in the world–acts of kindness or love that help […]

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interview: a day in the life

(This is a post from 2010.  Glad to say I’m getting MUCH more rest nowadays!) •  •  • Kristina at the blog Owning Kristina just sent an email and asked me to describe a day in my writing life for her.  She wants to know what it’s like to spend your days doing what you love […]

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spoiled goats, fresh cheese: Blue Heron Farm

Over winter break, we went out to the country to visit my childhood friend Christian and his wife Lisa at their farm.  They make  the yummiest goat cheese ever, and I’m completely enchanted by their life.  I’m totally amazed by Lisa, who is always so warm and sweet to us, and who writes a very lovely blog […]

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the beautiful salad my kids did not eat

Dear Jamie Oliver, I am enjoying your show. And while I may never truly recover from watching you make a chicken nugget by putting a carcass in a food processor, bones and all, and then squeezing the goo through a strainer–I do feel like sharing that moment with you somehow made me a better person. […]

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book trailer for Get Lucky

Get Lucky is a novel about many different things, but one of them is sisters. I have two sisters, myself–I’m the middle one–and so I know a lot about the subject. Here’s a book trailer I made using my mom’s Super 8 home movies of us as children.  The redhead who’s working so hard on […]

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our kitchen windowsill

I spend a lot of time looking at this windowsill. It’s right above our kitchen sink and right across from the stove, so here I am most nights, chopping, grating, and sautéeing things. Right now, in spring, the back door is always open when I’m there, and the kids are usually out back. I listen […]

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my exhausted heart

We’ve been sick for two solid weeks around here. And I am a champion worrier.   I can worry you under the table.  You don’t know what worrying is until you’ve met me.  If I could take my worrying to the Olympics, I’d bring home the gold, baby.  I’d have my own line of sneakers. […]

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mine

The images in the Mom 2.0: Defining a Movement video that I made all came from real photographers–women who are working on their craft every day.  I am not a real photographer.  But I did sneak in one of my own photos when I made the video.  Just one. This one’s mine. It’s a heart […]

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