Scrumptious Scookies

Here in Minnesota, winter (perhaps drawing inspiration from the pandemic) has been reluctant to leave us. This has inspired me to seek delight via one of my favorite pastimes: baking with my kids. This month’s triumph has been “scookies.”

Moving Snowmelt

Sometimes delight doesn’t move through us with the propulsion of a yip-laugh, but it can move us all the same.

The Curiosity Cure

When you feel irritable, leverage curiosity’s effect on the brain to feel good instead.

The Cocktail Party in Your Head

Is your brain bursting at the seams with thoughts, not all of them helpful? Applying an old psychological skill in a new way might help you listen to the wisest parts of yourself.


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Hi, I’m Emily.

I’m a Minnesota-based freelance writer and hold a master’s degree in psychology. My service journalism and personal essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. When I’m not writing, I love baking with my three children and long walks without them.


On the last Thursday of every month, you’ll get my latest writing, a curated reading list, and something delightful delivered straight to your inbox.

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