Courtesy of The Future Buzz: 50 Lessons for New Bloggers

A friend recently posted a link to this absolutely fantastic article about blogging.  It was so exceptionally well-written that I could not contain my groupie tendencies and had to contact the author directly and ask for permission to share it here. If you’re not reading Adam Singer and The Future Buzz on media, marketing and…

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The Short Tails of Two Ducks

Jemima Puddleduck and Flower Daisy came into our lives one morning near Easter when a tiny little girl (who is now a lean and limber almost-tween) wriggled with excitement en route to Orscheln Farm & Home. We’d checked with some family farms, and none had ducklings ready to go given the holiday. We found the…

My Summer Reading List

It’s time – the first day of summer (or, as I prefer to think of it, Midsummer’s Eve).  I intended to marry Fred as close as possible to that date, but it just wasn’t happening in 1999.  So, June 19 it was – and we’ve just celebrated our twelfth anniversary. We’re heading off with my…

A little bird is born.

Welcome!  The Little Magpie marks the third transition of my blog since its inception.  It was time to not only move to wordpress, but to capture the personality to accompany the voice.  The words have always been there, but my blog’s past life was purely functional in appearance.  I’m excited that it is being reborn! …

The Top Ten Blogs I’m Reading… as of this minute

>At the Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged conference, we all pinky swore to post our top ten list of favorite blogs we read, as well as the reasons they captivate us.  Without further ado (and definitely in no particular order): 1.  Catherine et les fées (Catherine & the Fairies) Yes, I am a confessed francophile and…

I’m just sayin': it’s kind of a big deal.

>As you’ve likely heard if you spent a minute or so in communication with me in the last month, we recently hosted the first-ever Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged (#AWBU) conference at the Ozark Natural Science Center. I’m personally indebted to Stephanie Buckley (The Park Wife), Fawn Rechkemmer (Instead of the Dishes and Momcation) and Julie…

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With many thanks to Hyalophora cecropia

Tonight, the girls (the almost eight year old and the eight month old – excellent family planning!) and I visited Target for the typical baby purchases: new size 18mos onesies for the “small” one.  *Insert audible sigh.* As we departed in the 6:30 p.m. heat of 90+ degrees in June (which, let the records show,…