something we got right

I spoke on a panel last weekend at the Texas Book Festival with the very charming Jancee Dunn, who has a baby.  Fellow panelist and Houston author Gwendolyn Zepeda and I wound up giving her parenting advice.  And while we were talking, I heard myself say something very true.  It can be so easy to […]

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more décor

Here’s another before and after. A really awesome mod chair from my grandfather’s building materials company that I snagged from my mom’s garage a few weeks ago: And now, in my living room, freshly back from the upholsterer’s: I’ve kinda fallen in love with this chair, but it didn’t happen until after it got its […]

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gorgeousness

Last spring, the amazing Mary Swenson took these photos for me in response to a quote I sent her from Everyone Is Beautiful.  She broke the quote down by sentences, and took a photo for each one.  Then we ran the photos in sequence and made a video.  But the photos are so amazing, they […]

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water girl

For the record, I’m all for store-bought costumes at Halloween.  We’ve had many at our house.  But this year, I got inspired to create.  My son said he wanted to be Fire Man, and my daughter instantly said, “And I can be Water Girl!” And I just thought those were such rockin’ superheroes for my […]

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kid-art wallpaper

So, as you know, when you have kids, you acquire a lot of kid art.  And a huge amount of it is completely awesome.  And the fact that your child made it makes it even more awesome–even if it’s only, like, a scribble that you’ve been told is “a weasel.” Last spring, I decided that […]

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this chair took over my life

A few weeks ago I fell into crazy love with a chair.  Like, I actually gasped when I saw the picture of it on Craigslist.  Gasped. And then I drove across Texas with my mom to find it, buy it ($15!), and cart it home.  Things seize me like that.  In fact, that’s how I […]

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the mother of invention

I’m taking a little time off from writing.  Not a lot of time off:  just a couple of months. I just need to be creative in different ways for a little bit.  Like sewing kinda creative.  And re-covering old chairs kinda creative.  And cleaning up our house creative.  To the extent that you can call […]

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how stories can save you

Yesterday, after 11 days home with a sick 4-year-old, I went to the school I went to for Kindergarten through 12th grade to give a chapel talk.  It’s book fair week at my old school, and this year, I am the featured author.  They asked me to address the question “Why read books?”  And I […]

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everything’s a story

So I inherited some lamps from my grandfather’s office last week.  Or, actually, I just claimed them out of my mother’s garage.  They came from this awesome building: my grandfather’s building materials company. My mom found the lamps in a storage room there a few years back, and she gave them a home in her […]

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crazy cross-Texas love

So last week I fell into a crazy infatuated love.  With a chair.  A chair I found for 15 dollars on Craigslist.  But not Craigslist in Houston, where I live. Craigslist in Austin, which is 3 hours away.  What was I even doing looking at the Austin Craigslist?  But somehow it happened.  And you know […]

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en fuego

Dear Kelly Rae Roberts, Thank you for setting me on fire. I’ve made another collage, and now I’m walking around today with an excited kind of tickle in my body.  It’s that same feeling I get when I’m in the groove with a story–a feeling of creation, of expression, of doing something that only I […]

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before & after

The furnishings in our house have been going downhill for a while.  Kid life has been hard on my decorating skills.  We have a great time here and laugh a lot.  But let’s just say, decor-wise, my house is not even in the neighborhood of its potential. And so, one by one, I’m going to […]

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i love radio

This morning, I did a radio interview with Christopher Gabriel on his program for AM 970 WDAY in Fargo, ND, and it was SO MUCH FUN. Click here to listen to the AM 970 WDAY interview with Christopher Gabriel

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body poems: $1

I’d love to have a body poems booth.  Maybe just sit out on the front lawn on nice days with a sign like a lemonade stand that says, Body Poems: $1.  And anybody who needed to tell herself something could just stop by and get painted.  The first time I ever painted words on someone‘s […]

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how hands can make sunshine

One day, in Oregon, we made collages. It was all because of Kelly Rae, who shared both her artistic process and her giant suitcase of cool collage stuff (like vintage letters, postcards, ledgers, envelopes, stamps, sheet music) with us. When I saw the paints and canvases come out, and when I realized what we were […]

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