The story behind the story of my first piece for Romper.
April has been a busy writing month for me. I can’t share the results just yet, but in the meantime, I thought it was important to share something I created for the Macalester Alumni Anti-Racist Parenting Conversation earlier this month.
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.
I cannot believe I get to type this: Today, for the first time, I have a piece The New York Times! When I decided to take a crack at being a writer, I imagined someday, perhaps, maybe getting published in The Times. I thought a good reach goal was to do this by the timeContinue reading “My Debut In The New York Times!”
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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.
Life can be difficult. Knowing what to say to your child doesn’t have to be.
When I opened the March 11 email from my son’s school, I learned life wouldn’t be going back to normal after spring break. Based on what I knew about children in general, my kids in particular, and myself, I knew what I had to do next: Make a schedule. Six months later, Slate’s executive editor wanted to hear from me about how that worked out for us. I was happy to talk.
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.”