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About Kristen Carson

Kristen Carson was born in Idaho. She has lived in Utah, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania. She currently resides near Indianapolis. She and her husband are the parents of four adult children. Carson's stories and articles have appeared in Chicago Parent, Indianapolis Monthly, and Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought.
7 06, 2017

Haystacks, Frito-Style

By | 2017-06-04T15:44:14+00:00 June 7th, 2017|main dishes|0 Comments

Haystacks 1 lb. ground beef 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 3 1/4 cups water 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste 2 tsp sugar 1 tsp. dried oregano 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. chili powder 3/4 tsp. salt 1/4 cup uncooked long grain rice 1 package (11 1/2 oz) corn chips Assorted garnishes: sour [...]

4 06, 2017

An Ode to Girlhood (We’ll Do the Boys Next Week)

By | 2017-06-04T17:50:08+00:00 June 4th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Oh, but I had the best time this week, reading Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. Anybody whose ever been female and fifteen and dreamy can identify with Castle’s heroine, Cassandra Mortmain, who writes everything she sees and hears in her little notebook. I can feel her breathless excitement when I read things like: So much has happened since I last wrote here that I [...]

28 05, 2017

Bless the Children

By | 2017-05-28T17:47:14+00:00 May 28th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

I’m sorry if the above picture throws a sinister shadow on one of sweetest verses in the New Testament. But you can hardly blame the Catholics for the sour taste in their mouths when they contemplate priests and children. Faith, a novel by Jennifer Haigh, tackles the subject of sexual abuse within the Church. Arthur Breen is a Catholic priest in the South Shore [...]

21 05, 2017

How to Overcome Bad Mothering

By | 2017-05-21T19:48:37+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

If my reading list doesn’t change soon, I’m gonna have to re-name this blog something like “The Anti-Mother’s Day” because, this week, we feature yet another Bad Mother book. In The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls, Mama leaves her two daughters, “just for day or so,” to advance her singing career. This happens often enough that the left-behind girls know how to survive on [...]

14 05, 2017

Will We Survive This Decade?

By | 2017-05-14T16:02:24+00:00 May 14th, 2017|desserts, main dishes|0 Comments

I’m not sure how Robert B. Parker’s Early Autumn ended up on my to-read list. Maybe I thought I’d try an airport book? Anyway, if you know more than I do about crime fiction, you may recognize Parker’s work, since he’s the guy who created the ‘80s television character, Spenser for Hire. Fans open a Spenser book and know they’ll get snappy dialogue, fast [...]

7 05, 2017

Can You Pay the Price of Greatness?

By | 2017-05-07T17:31:04+00:00 May 7th, 2017|good fiction|1 Comment

I could swear I attempted Chaim Potok’s novel, My Name is Asher Lev way back in college. It would’ve been on one of those long Saturday afternoons, probably in the summer, when I had leisure to walk the eight blocks to the library. I couldn’t take the dull brown sobriety of Potok’s story world. I probably needed more boy-meets-girl back then. But this time around, I [...]

30 04, 2017

Talks You Don’t Want to Have

By | 2017-04-30T18:21:43+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the last few months, two friends have mentioned to me that their children feel swamped by a tide of friends declaring their transgenderism. “What do I say?” asked one mother. What indeed? With news like this, you can’t imagine how fast I scooped up this week’s book, Sex Scandal by Ashley McGuire. For one thing, McGuire is a millennial. She’s known nothing but [...]

23 04, 2017

Searching For A Good School-Night Routine?

By | 2017-04-23T17:08:13+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|good nonfiction|0 Comments

Right before first grade, Liz Murray’s mother made sure she had notebook paper. It’s what every concerned loving mother does, right? And by “right before first grade,” I mean 11:30 at night before Liz’s first day. Liz had been bugging her mother all week for help getting ready, “but she wouldn’t get out of bed.” But on school night #1, Ma had just shot [...]

22 04, 2017

Malted Milk Pie

By | 2017-04-23T17:13:55+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|desserts, pies|0 Comments

  This recipe makes two pies. I tried to share my extra pie with my just-moved-in neighbors. Either they couldn't hear the doorbell, or they fear strange women standing on their doorstep, holding a cream pie. Maybe they watch too many movies with pie-in-the-face gags. So I took it home. Now, every time I eat another piece, every time I bite into another [...]

16 04, 2017

Stuck in the Dark: The Chilean Miners

By | 2017-04-16T18:12:46+00:00 April 16th, 2017|good nonfiction|2 Comments

I assume you will go to work tomorrow. I assume your day will go well. Yes, I know. You may have a micromanaging boss and team members who don’t respond to your e-mails. If you’re a nurse, patients may die and you could miss lunch. But when I say “things will go well,” I’m talking macro here. You’ll drive to work, including under bridges, [...]