The Dilemma of the Dead Waitress

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My mother once owned Farmhouse Restaurant, an unpretentious diner outside of Wendell, Idaho. Travelers came from across the country to enjoy platters of chicken-fried steak, real mashed potatoes, monstrous loaves of Basque bread, a salad bar heaped with local produce, and a tempting selection of fresh pies. The eatery was voted “Best Road Food in America” in a 1996 nationwide … [Read more...]

How to Turn a Flat Tire into a Fulfilled Speech

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Monday evening, I was scheduled to present a motivational speech to an exclusive, private club in Boise. I wiggled into my dress, gathered my notes, and sashayed to my car with 45 minutes to make a 30 minute drive. The tire was flat. I take pride in being independent but there are two chores I refuse to learn: how to change a tire and how to use a chainsaw. There are … [Read more...]

How to Publish a Book, Lose Weight, and Find True Love

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  One day you wake and realize you're an indolent cynic so you decide to close the box of donuts, get out of the bathrobe, and do something with your life. This can be difficult if you've never ventured beyond the corner bakery. If you’re committed to accomplishing a few big ticket items, here are some suggestions to try before you melt into a unused puddle of … [Read more...]

How to Pack Light for a Conference in New York

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  All day I’ve been crooning my inner Sinatra: “Start spreading the news. I’m leaving today…New York, New York!” For a farm girl from Wendell, Idaho, going alone to the Big Apple is 85% exciting and 20% terrifying. (I’m not good with math.) I’ll be attending BlogHer 15, the world's largest conference for women content creators. The three-day event is sponsored by … [Read more...]

The Joys of Traveling with Children (Over Age 30)

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(Published on VagabondingwithKids July 1, 2015) Here's a little levity on the downside of traveling with kids and how best to lie to them when the situation calls for it. This guest piece from Elaine Ambrose originally appeared at The Huffington Post. If given the choice between traveling with small children and having a root canal, I'd be at the dentist office sucking … [Read more...]