Welcome to my Bookshop! Plus: Something delightful in the sky.
On living a different kind of month and wresting delight from a not-delightful time.
A very important personal update, the best maternity leggings you can buy, and books to carry you into August.
It may seem like I should be comfortable writing about this pregnancy by now, but the truth is I still feel like I am tempting fate every time I talk about it. Still, I am trying to hold space for that fear. And excitement. And gratitude. And grief. So that’s what I wrote about. I hope this essay resonates with anyone who is trying to move forward with authenticity after one of life’s curveballs.
Is your social media feed split between masked and un-masked faces? Mine is and I’m fascinated. That’s why I wrote a meditation on loneliness and choice during the pandemic. Read my lyric essay Earthworms & Champagne in the NYU SPS’s Dovetail. It’s my first piece in a literary magazine.
When I thought about what I would write about for my bi-monthly spot in Pregnancy After Loss Support’s publishing calendar, my mind flashed back to something a doctor said to me right before an important ultrasound. She said, “A uterus is a potential space.” It’s an interesting way to talk about an organ but I think the reason the moment came to me wasn’t because of biology.
What research has to say about sighing and how you can harness your breath to feel good anytime.
A reflection on the value of living in an urban area — in spite of everything.
When I was asked to share distance learning tips with Her Agenda, I was nervous. I’ve never had a child start kindergarten in distance learning during a global pandemic before. What advice did I have to share? Then I remembered: no one has had a child start kindergarten in distance learning during a global pandemic before. We are all just figuring this out as we go. Here’s what I’m figuring.
In my first essay where I introduce Owen as the autistic person he is, I write about how I used to worry about Owen’s success in school this fall, but everything that’s happened in 2020 has given me a new perspective. I now can see that success isn’t the goal, growth is. I hope you’ll read my latest for Scary Mommy, “I Was Already Worried About My Autistic Son Starting Kindergarten — Then 2020 Happened.”