Hulk Smash Hands, or You Don’t Want to See Me When I’m ANGRY!!

A couple of years ago, I was puttering through the toy aisle at Target, ostensibly shopping for our godson’s birthday but really wondering exactly what kids find enjoyable these days. I was not a typical girl (my Barbies tended to be missing legs or heads and have “interesting” hair cuts), so children’s toys and the…

Pearl before Swine…

This is Pearl. Pearl is full-blown border collie, papers and everything. While Pearl is bred and has the instincts to be a working dog, she is completely useless in that regard, much to the chagrin of the nice Oklahoma man who bred her. What Pearl does well: Chases squeaky toys in the house Swims in…

My Nephew, the Poo Swirler, or Why Sand Isn’t Good for Horses

Ah yes, a proud moment. My brother sent me this video clip of my nephew, better known as his son, helping him out by swirling an equine exam sleeve filled with poo. The questions I had likely mimic your own, but here they are nonetheless: Why is the nephew swirling poo? Does he swirl poo…

That Hot Pink Squeeze Chute: SOLVED!!!

You know you’ve created something of a monster when people go to livestock expos and start sending you photos of pink squeeze chutes. Like this one spotted by Becky Johnson at the NILE in Billings, Montana. Or this one that my brother found down in Waco, Texas. And it all traces back to Megan, who saw…

Showered with Love, or How Quilts and Cookies Make the Day

A very good friend had her third child in February of 2015. As you might guess, she and her husband were over-the-moon happy, and so am were all of their friends. At long last, one of my Austin friends is having a girl. (I have lots of nieces, and they are delightful, but they live up…

The Western Canon, or Books Erin Thinks that Everyone Should Read

An old friend emailed recently, asking for possible book suggestions for his daughter. I’m generally hesitant to recommend children’s or young-adult books for several reasons, chief among them being that we don’t have children except for Smelly and Bee and they cannot read, and secondly, I was not a normal child reader. Teachers were forever…