Dear Nate (on your first day of school)

Dear Nate.... It's a little shocking to see you in your hipster glasses and big First Grade desk, ready to tackle a year of spelling tests and fast facts. You're the baby of our family, and we would all probably feel most comfortable if you needed us to keep wiping your nose until you're 22. But it's only partly true to call you the baby of our family. You are also the smoothest one of our … Continue...


The Screaming Toddler of Book Releases

If you’ve held a toddler having a temper tantrum, you know they pass through phases, like a speeding train through stations. The kid begins with feral screams of anger. These might go on for a while, … Continue...


You Can’t Overthink VBS

Here's a riddle for you: An introvert walks into VBS. What happens next? If you're a deep thinker like me, you know the answer. Walking into a rocking sanctuary with 200 people is like stepping on … Continue...


Three Reasons We Need a Puppy Right Now

No one really needs a puppy. In fact, it’s probably a good life strategy to assume you will be most productive if you never adopt a puppy. Unless you have four kids under the age of twelve and a long … Continue...


The Hard Lessons of Rainy Days

Yesterday’s historic flooding in Houston showed a lot about our city—that we have too much concrete and not enough ditches, that Houstonians are the most fantastic helpers, and that weather can still … Continue...



Writers and Loneliness

This week I talked to elementary school kids about my job as an author. They were sweet and silly and asked great questions (“How much money did you make last year?”) After my talk, a few Fifth Graders lingered to tell me about the books they wanted to write. As one girl stared at her Converse, … [Read More...]


Brace Yourself

Back when I worked as a waitress, the hostess would sometimes seat four tables, one right after another.  When this happened, you would have to flag down another server and say, "My hair is on fire" to let them know you needed help. My hair has been on fire the past few months. I've had a book … [Read More...]


Real Faces are Better than Emoticons

Old friends are like the bread machine hidden in the laundry room cabinet. Over the years, our family has enjoyed loaves of cinnamon raisin, sticky pecan, and plain old white from that machine. Now it's neglected. And missed. When I lug the machine out and bake with it, the smell of homemade … [Read More...]


Ten Birthday Reasons to Celebrate Forty-one

Forty-one doesn’t actually feel as old as it sounded when at 21. After 40 you start to realize every person does not have the capacity to become who you hoped they would. They are probably doing their best. Let it go, Elsa. Forty-one is young enough to still exercise but old enough to … [Read More...]

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