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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lovebomb

Last spring, I got invited to go with a group of women artists to the Oregon coast for a retreat called Lovebomb.  And of course I said yes.  Even though Oregon is a long way from Texas.  And even though I’ve done more than enough traveling lately.  And even though I only knew four of […]

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you can make butter

Today, when my daughter saw I’d bought some heavy cream at the grocery, she asked if we could make butter. So we did! We learned how to do it when she was in pre-school, and it’s super-easy! Here’s how: Pour some room-temperature heavy whipping cream into a small glass jar (like a baby food jar). […]

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advance readers’ edition

The AREs for Get Lucky are all printed up — and just arrived in the mail at my house.  It’s still a 6-month wait for the actual book, but it’s always a thrill to see the AREs. It’s amazing how different the words look on the pages of the book.  The new layout seems to […]

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where have i been?

I try not to forget to count my blessings.  And one of them–two years in a row, now–has been getting to go out to the Texas Hill Country  to stay in the gorgeous country house of one of my mom’s dear friends.   I got to go last year when I was finishing up my […]

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the long-awaited kitten post

I apologize for the Blair Witch quality of the kitten photos.  But they do illuminate some true things: 1.  My camera spends too much time at the bottom of my enormous purse–down with the pretzel crumbs and dessicated granola bars. 2. A small person in my house (and I’m not naming any names) threw the […]

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my sister’s birthday

My big sister is about to have an important birthday–and to honor it, and her, my mom and dad and I went through our old family photos to make a little video retrospective. This photo, in particular, is knocking my socks off.  I’d never seen it until my mom gave it to me for the […]

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handcrafted buildings

I’m obsessing over this amazing slideshow of photos of this charming cob house in Texas today!  The New York Times just did a profile of it, and it’s so much like a house I stumbled on at the Children’s Garden in Ithaca, New York, when we were just on vacation there.  My  kids were playing […]

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life on the D-list

> Just got a message from my publicist at Random House that there’s a section of Kathy Griffin’s Bravo show My Life on the D-List that has my book cover in it!  She has a book coming out with Random House, and she filmed a segment of the show at their offices.  And right behind […]

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here’s where we’ve been on vacation:

This photo says a lot. But I’ll add these words, as well: Wildflower garden. Yacht club. Farmers’ market. Alpaca farm (with chickens!). Also: 75 degree weather. Gorges, and streams, and a lake. Grandparents. And this, too: Lucky, lucky, lucky.

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writing wednesday: life with kids

Here’s a Writing Wednesday about life with kids.  The question comes up over and over:  How do you do both?  How do you get it all done as a mother and a writer?  And almost every mother with little kids I know struggles with some version of this question.  How do you get it all […]

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caroline carefully arranges everything she holds dear

I found a link to this painting at live.life.create.art today and I’m totally breathtaken.  The artist is Amanda Blake, and I just want to stare at this painting all day.  Really, I want to go inside it.  I’d love to know how to paint like that: to know how to make a paintbrush do that…

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