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!”
Please join me for Mac Alumni Anti-racist Parenting Conversation. I’ll be co-facilitating a night of information sharing and dialogue that you don’t want to miss. Please register and join me on Dec 15.
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.”
I had the absolute honor to join author, story mentor, and certified master coach Amy Hallberg on her podcast, Courageous Wordsmith for Episode 38 Perfectly Imperfectly Paradigm Shifts. I love Courageous Wordsmith Podcast because Amy is an expert at having honest conversations that come from the heart, and she approaches whatever subject she encounters with wisdom and bravery. That’s why I was delighted when I opened my email this August to see an invitation from Amy to join her in conversation.