I can't believe it was a year ago I was sharing a table with Dale Critchlow, aka "Lyle" from Napoleon Dynamite, at my first book signing.

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful

If you’re old enough to remember the ’80s you probably remember the Pantene shampoo commercials where the model flips her hair and says, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful…” and I don’t remember the follow up. It was something along the lines of, “Hate me because I have better hair than you, drive a nicer […]

Texts from my Future Self

Gary and I were watching this webTV series a few weeks ago, just a couple of episodes so I don’t know how it ends (it got a little edgy for me). Anyway, in it, the ever-darling Shiri Appleby is in a lame relationship. She is in the process of inventing a smart phone app that lets a […]


On the 4th of July I met with all the Stewarts for the annual Stewart Family Gathering. We were in Utah and my youngest uncle (just a few years my senior) and his wife (same age as my husband–that’s a big Mormon family for ya) and a cousin (just a couple of years older than […]

The Great Indoors

So I’m sitting here on a leather recliner in the mountains in an air conditioned cabin that has a chandelier. No, really. A fancy one that could be at a posh hotel’s lobby in another life. The bathroom sinks have a swan motif on the faucet that echoes the swan motif on the light fixture. […]

This could be entertainment at your next bar mitzvah in Blackfoot.

Spuds and Sumo

So I finally signed up for Pinterest, and I’ve been doing a sumo page. It helped me stumble onto this gem of a site: http://usasumorevolution.com/ Did you know there was a sumo association in eastern Idaho? Neither did I. Perhaps you’re reading this blog from the comfort of your living room in the Snake River […]