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7 Tips for Creating with Kids

making art with kids

Most of the time when we have projects for our kids or they are coloring or painting, they’re doing it by themselves. But the girl loves to involve one or both of her parents in making something with her from time to time (and it was pretty much all she wanted to do on Saturday) so I thought it was ... Read More »

17 Cheap and Easy Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

17 ways to brighten someone's day

The Mutual of Omaha #aha moment tour was in Fayetteville this week, and they asked a bunch of local bloggers (among other people) to take part in telling about a moment that changed their way of thinking. It was lots of fun, and I wasn’t even that nervous, though “public speaking” and talking about myself are pretty low on my ... Read More »

A Tour of the P. Allen Smith Garden Home

big sister post oak

I mentioned last week that I got a chance to visit the garden home of P. Allen Smith, who is kind of legendary in Arkansas as an expert in all things garden and home. We were visiting to learn more about the 529 plan in Arkansas, but of course part of the fun was also touring the house and grounds. ... Read More »

Start Saving for College with a 529 Plan

learn more about 529 plans

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you might have noticed a surge in activity on Wednesday. I was invited to join a group of bloggers at P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home in central Arkansas for a tour of the grounds and the home (more on that soon) and a lunch hosted by #AR529. We learned all about what ... Read More »

The Tall Black Lady Smiling

maya angelou influence

I wanted to name my daughter Maya. Maya Angelou may be the reason I am a writer. She was probably the first female writer who I really read in high school, who made me feel like everyone has a story that is worthy of being told, and indeed must be told, in order to be fully ourselves. She absolutely shaped ... Read More »

Why Writers Need to Be Readers

reading isn't boring

Every now and then you’ll come across a writer (often an unpublished writer, but still) who says they don’t read. They’ll offer as an excuse the need to keep their voice pure, to stay inside their own heads. To which I say, if your voice is that vulnerable to influence maybe it’s not that great to start with, but that’s ... Read More »

What “Mad Men” Can Teach You About the Creative Process

creative process struggle

I have been a fan of “Mad Men” for a long time, for a lot of reasons, and while I haven’t been enjoying this season so much, I loved this week’s episode (706, “The Strategy”) in part because of the really accurate illustration of the creative process. In the pitch meeting, Peggy feels pretty good about her idea for the ... Read More »

Painting with Frozen Watercolors

watercolor handprint

The other weekend husband was going out of town, and it was one of those uncharacteristically hot spring weekends, so I wanted to have something fun and special planned that we could do in the heat. We didn’t need it then, because we stayed much longer at a birthday party than we probably should have, but this past weekend was ... Read More »

On Re-Starting a Yoga Practice, for the 82nd Time

floating yogi

I started doing yoga again last week. I was still hurting Wednesday from the session I did on Monday. I’ve been practicing yoga on and off (mostly off, lately) since I rented a VHS yoga tape from Blockbuster the summer I worked in Oklahoma City, which was 1999. (I realize there are at least three things in that sentence my ... Read More »

Accidentally Cool Watercolor Marker Art {Kid Craft}

rained on art

The girl made this butterfly at school. Clearly it was coloring and cutting practice, because each part of the butterfly was supposed to be colored a certain way, then cut out and glued onto the tube. She loves it. So much, in fact, that she slept with it under her pillow a couple of nights. The wings are a little ... Read More »