If Ghosts Could Write

When I was little, my mom was editor of The View, a community newspaper in our California hometown. Today I came across a photo of us marching together in a parade in April 1982. I don’t remember the experience, but I know I must have felt pretty important to...

Writing Through Life’s Messy Middle

This month, I started taking an online writing course through the HerStories Project, a writing community for Gen X women “in the messy middle of life.” I have mixed feelings about this mid-life thing. At times, my brain is firmly stuck in the adolescent years. I’m intimidated by the...

Parenting in an Always-On Digital Age

If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve heard about this article by Christie Tate, which appeared last week in the On Parenting section of the Washington Post: “My daughter asked me to stop writing about motherhood. Here’s why I can’t do that.” Since reading the article, I haven’t been...

Why I Write

I’m going to start this post with a movie reference, but hear me out. In The Greatest Showman, there’s a scene in which famed circus founder P.T. Barnum pulls off a breathtaking performance by opera singer Jenny Lind, dazzling a sold-out crowd of wealthy, high-society people. Even Barnum’s stodgy, snobby...