let’s do something important

I’m going to ask you to do something important. It’s not for me. It’s for a group of war refugees who have been through hell and need your help. You may already know about my involvement with the AZ Lost Boys Center. But if you don’t know who the Lost Boys of Sudan are, they […]

how one blogger raised $30,000. yesterday.

When blogger Jon Acuff announced on Monday that he wanted his readers to build a kindergarten in Vietnam, he set a December 31 deadline for raising the $30,000 needed. It was an ambitious goal. Would it even work, especially in the middle of a recession? Surely he didn’t expect his readers to raise the whole […]

john and cara bake an ugly pie

One morning after picking up my produce basket from Bountiful Baskets food co-op, I realized we just had too many apples. What to do? Make a pie! Neither of us had ever baked a pie from scratch before. So I consulted my friend Rachel because she knows how to do such things. And the recipe […]

the walgreens game

My mom is a really frugal person who knows how to play the system. Today I learned from her how to play the Walgreens game. Walgreens used to have a monthly rebate program. Each month, I got the free-with-rebate stuff religiously. They stopped that program and started a new one that I just never got […]

Pride and Prejudice and dragons

Last week we watched Bridget Jones’s Diary and John didn’t get any of the Pride and Prejudice references. I was appalled! So I’ve taken it upon myself to read Austen’s great work to him in the evenings. He’s handling it pretty well so far, and I think he even chuckled a couple times. A couple […]

On complainers (including me)

Photo: slum children in Bangladesh “Complainers are so annoying. Remind me of this the next time I complain about anything,” I texted my husband John from an airplane while I was waiting to take off. A few weeks ago, I flew across the country to visit my family for a long weekend. I loaded my […]


Did you hear about the earthquakes that hit the Gulf of California yesterday? I felt them in Phoenix! Well, kind of. I’d never experienced an earthquake before, so it was kind of cool. I work on the 10th floor of a 12-story office building in central Phoenix. Around noon yesterday, some coworkers and I started […]