the lives we hoped for

Here’s a video I just made for the essay “The Lives We Hoped For.”  I originally posted the written version here, under I Love Wrinkles, and then the amazing Mary Swenson posted it to Kirtsy.  Which inspired me to read it at a book event a few days ago.  And reading it out loud to […]

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being a grown-up

I saw Lars and the Real Girl the other night for the first time.  I loved the sweetness of the story, and the mystery of the main character, and the message about how we can all take better care of each other. And there was a great description of being a grown up that I […]

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I love wrinkles

In March, while I was on a book tour, I was also on a blog tour.  Random House set it up with the lovely Dorothy, who had me contributing guest essays at blogs around the web. But it all went too fast.  I was racing from town to town, blog to blog.  And I promised […]

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totally crushed-out on this travel trailer

I can’t stop thinking about it.  I can’t stop oggling the photos of it on Craigslist. Apparently, the inside is “gutted.”  And so I keep thinking I could put in some great floor, and a little dinette table, and a couple of mattresses.  And make fantastic curtains out of some great Amy Butler fabric. We […]

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we all carry our mothers inside us

Here’s the second video trailer for the essay “Things to Remember Not to Forget” in Andrea Richesin’s anthology, “Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers on the Mother-Daughter Bond.”  All the photos, as before, come from the amazing site Square America. [BlueTube]26W3SuWHU-g[/BlueTube]

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you really can’t have everything

Here is the first in a series of 3 videos I am making that feature excerpts from my essay “Things to Remember Not to Forget.”  The essay was just published in an anthology called “Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers on the Mother-Daughter Bond,” edited by Andrea N. Richesin.  The photos are from an […]

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Everyone is Beautiful – video excerpt

Just got a Flip video camera, and this video documents the first time I ever used it!  This is me, after a reading, pretty late at night, at my desk.  I’d intended to read an entire chapter–the chapter I’d read just a few hours earlier at a lovely and breezy Inprint Houston event, but the […]

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happy love poem

It’s a beautiful day.  Here’s one of my favorite poems.  (We read it at my wedding!)  *Beautiful peach photo by Tracey Clark. From Blossoms From blossoms comes this brown paper bag of peaches we bought from the boy at the bend in the road where we turned toward signs painted Peaches. From laden boughs, from hands, […]

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something lovely

I keep thinking about the way my friend Nicole’s landlord has decorated the little garden house out back with a collection of plates.  I can’t get over the way it’s just this little unexpected lovely thing in the yard. I just saw the amazing Amy Krouse Rosenthal in Houston this week doing her Beckoning of Lovely […]

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home again, home again

After 3 weeks of traveling, I’m home again for good.  I’d had big plans to document the book tour here, but instead I came face to face with the tension between documenting the things you’re doing and actually doing those things.  That’s a frustrating thing: that there are only so many hours in the day. […]

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more BEAUTIFUL pictures

The beauty is piling up at Shutter Sisters’ One Word Project this month!  In a photo challenge sponsored by Ballantine (and they’re giving away 4 Diana cameras!), photographers are posting their visual interpretations of the word “beautiful.”  It’s so breathtaking to look through the photos.  I highlighted a few photos last week, too–and here’s another […]

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great review from USA Today!

USA Today just featured Everyone Is Beautiful in their “Women’s Fiction Round-up”–and gave it a glowing review! They say, “This is a breezy read that glows, in part, because its characters bask in the sunny side of life.”

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