October 21, 2016
Say What You Mean (Kind of)

All this political ridiculousness has got me thinking. I’ve gotten VERY JUDGEY in the last year with regards to politicians and all their talky-talk. You need to have a little pity for me with this because I live in Iowa, which means we were getting mailers, phone calls, and television ads voiced over by men … Continue reading “Say What You Mean (Kind of)”

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February 12, 2016
All the Single Ladies: A Valentine’s Day Letter

Dear Me in 1996, Happy Valentine’s Day. Don’t roll your eyes. You’re not above Valentine’s Day. I know, I know, it’s so commercialized and such an obvious ploy by stores to make money on sentiment. You’ll totally torch your final in Feminist Messages in the Postmodern Media this semester.  Also, you’re getting a little annoying. … Continue reading “All the Single Ladies: A Valentine’s Day Letter”

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January 29, 2016
Winter Fashion: Marc Has Concerns

Marc and I have been married seventeen years. I married a good man, which is fortunate for me since I was completely clueless and about ten years old. One thing we know after all these years together is that Marc knows best what clothes look good on me. Please don’t send me letters and try … Continue reading “Winter Fashion: Marc Has Concerns”

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January 22, 2016
Five Ways To Survive A Midwest Winter

Oh, baby, is it ever cold outside.  If you are reading this from a warm locale, please do not speak. I can’t bear it. You are dead to me, along with every living thing in my backyard.  If, however, you are among the hearty and seasonally depressed in the Midwest, this post is for you. … Continue reading “Five Ways To Survive A Midwest Winter”

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January 11, 2016
Inside Scoop: Balancing Act

Hi, all. And by “all,” I mean Mom. Thanks for sticking with me, Mom. And for the lovely scented candle for Christmas. You’re the best. I’ve been away, doing all sorts of things, like laundry, and never-ending dishwashing, and parenting, and spousing, and writing a novel that I buried under a tree in the backyard, … Continue reading “Inside Scoop: Balancing Act”

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August 1, 2013
Sick in July, and Other Questions for God

We are recovering from a bit of nasty over here. All three kids came down with some version of, as Thea calls it, “the pukes.” As in (to her terrified VBS volunteer): “I wish I would have been here yesterday when you had popcorn for a snack. But I couldn’t because I had THE PUKES.” … Continue reading “Sick in July, and Other Questions for God”

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June 28, 2013
Hannah Mae The Courageous

Last weekend we traveled north to attend the best birthday party ever. It was for Hannah. I, for one, am so glad I get to write this story instead of speak it as I can’t seem to talk about Hannah without going into the snort-cry. We are long-time friends of Hannah’s parents, Sandi and Dave. … Continue reading “Hannah Mae The Courageous”

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May 23, 2013
Much love to you, Moore, Oklahoma.

Tornadoes hold no glamour for me.  Photo credit I hated the movie Twister (and only partly because the lame-o script made me whimper). I’ve had to talk each of my children down from the ledge during tornado warnings. And yellow skies and temperature drops will always make me nervous. I come by this aversion genetically. When … Continue reading “Much love to you, Moore, Oklahoma.”

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March 21, 2013
Gene Pools and Other Dangers

I heard recently that some people just do not possess the close-the-drawer gene. Evidently these particular humans are simply unable to remember to close drawers and cupboard doors after they have opened them. This seems like sketchy science to me (and in fact, my source was absolutely unscientific), but I have decided to work with … Continue reading “Gene Pools and Other Dangers”

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February 22, 2013
Winner!

We have a winner! Congratulations, Becca Morgan from New York! Your day (and home) just got a bit brighter, I believe, with the help of Sarah McCoy and her cool stuff.  Thanks for entering, folks. I hope you head back to Permanent Collection and Sarah’s Etsy shop when you are next in need of a … Continue reading “Winner!”

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February 18, 2013
Love and Marriage

I am married to a fantastic man. He is patient with me. I can freak a person out, I assure you. And he has never left, even when I’m positive he wanted to at least take a side trip to Missouri. Or Tahiti.  We’ve been married for fourteen years of glory, since we were twelve. … Continue reading “Love and Marriage”

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February 13, 2013
Valentine’s, Shmalentine’s

Happy Valentine’s Day Almost! Do you feel love about this day? Back in the day of big bangs and Pepe jeans, I LOVED Valentine’s Day. It brimmed with promise, even if I had no beau at the time. Flowers, a sweet note, love songs, walks in the rain, tours of medieval castles….wait. That’s Ireland. Sorry. … Continue reading “Valentine’s, Shmalentine’s”

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