Wednesday, March 20, 2019

I Want to Be Strong, Like a Mama Raccoon

I Want to Be Strong, Like a Mama Raccoon

Trusting in our children, to climb on their own

Published in P. S. I Love You on Medium.

Baby Raccoon Photo by Gary Bendig on Unsplash

The Return of the Sun, From the Eyes of a Child

The Return of the Sun, From the Eyes of a Child

A poem about true fairy tales, to banish the night

I just published this on Medium.

Equinox Picture by Comfreak on Pixabay

 

I Cheated on Veganism, But We Never Broke Up

I Cheated on Veganism, But We Never Broke Up

That time I was literally stranded on a desert island

Published in The Ascent on Medium.

This is a hard one to share. I'm afraid omnivores will be like, "Um, big deal," and vegans will be like, "I can't believe I trusted you." I hope the article itself (not just the headline) redeems me with all parties.
Photo by Food Photographer | Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash

Saturday, March 16, 2019

My First Time in a Pentecostal Church

My First Time in a Pentecostal Church

new on Medium.
(Cropped) Photo by Jenni Jones on Unsplash
This is a rewrite of an old piece from a Literary Journalism class at University of Florida. The assignment was to do something totally out of our element and write about it, so I went to church for the first time.
Today, I brought it into present tense. I love it so much now; it's hard to understand why I ever thought past tense was a good idea.

Conversations About Marriage, With My 4-Year-Old

Conversations About Marriage, With My 4-Year-Old

Then a unicorn comes, and then they float in the air…

My Wedding (Photo by Madlove Photography)

Monday, March 4, 2019

Abortion Stories: Three Women and a Clinic

Abortion Stories: Three Women and a Clinic 

Amidst a nationwide debate over the legality and morality of abortion, three women tell their very personal stories.

Just self-published on Medium.
An epic 19-minute read centering around experiences at the Bread & Roses Women's Health Center in Gainesville, Florida. I wrote this while in journalism school in 2006, then I never tried to get it published, because I was afraid of rejection. I just went through, made a few edits, and added current statistics throughout. Really proud of this piece, and of the women who spoke to me for the story.
“Girls just wanna have FUNdamental rights” protest sign Photo by lucia on Unsplash

 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Writing is Healing for Children Too

Writing is Healing for Children Too
Your kid knows everything is not okay.
Published in Writing Heals on Medium
"She chose to wear a wig, because she lost her hair from chemo. Ellen, like her mother, had the Jewish breast cancer gene. Like her mother, she died young, leaving behind two children.
This was before gene tests, but the pattern was clear, and my own mother could only assume she was next."

My 1st grade journal, the day after my aunt died. (Author’s personal photo)


 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

My Most Popular Medium Essay: Why “Online Yoga Saved My Marriage” went bigger than the rest.

My Most Popular Medium Essay
Why “Online Yoga Saved My Marriage” went bigger than the rest.
published in The Writing Cooperative on Medium
Stats page of my most-read Medium essay. Curated into Lifestyle and Relationships. (Personal Screenshot)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The First Place We Lived Together

The First Place We Lived Together
375 Square Feet, on the 11th floor, in Seattle
A quit poetic remembrance of city livin' and lovin', published in P. S. I Love You on Medium
You and Me in the Bed You Made (Photo Credit: Author)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Are Disney Movies Still Problematic?

"So you other parents are like, Ummm, yeah, we know. We’ve known for — literally — years." 


Are Disney Movies Still Problematic?
Why did I wait so long to watch Frozen with my family?
Published in Art & Parenting on Medium.
Cinderella’s Castle, Disney, Photo by Park Troopers on Unsplash

Monday, February 4, 2019

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
They say each snowflake is different, and we’re going to discover the truth.
Published in P. S. I Love You on Medium. 
Snow Day Photo by Slava Potik on Unsplash

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Teach Your Kids About Badass Black Women

Teach Your Kids About Badass Black Women
Beyoncé videos and children’s books to teach intersectional feminism
I just self-published this on Medium.
Beyoncé Art — Cropped Photo by Brianna Santellan on Unsplash
"We need to teach our kids about slavery and civil rights, but we also need to help them see the rest of the picture: People of color are beautiful, powerful, smart, talented, and accomplished."
 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Someday My Prince Will Come

Someday My Prince Will Come
I'm sick of having a supporting role in my own life story.
Snow White Street Art, NYC Photo (cropped) by Javier Ramos on Unsplash
 Honestly, I feel like this piece would have benefited from more editing time. I have the opposite of writer's block, and I'm trying to get it all out there, despite having little time between full-time parenting and other part-time work. There are some parts of this that I'm proud of, but I wonder if it should have been 2 stories. Maybe someday I'll come back to it. And maybe I'm being too hard on myself right now.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Quit Hitting on My 3-Year-Old

My kid's not 3 anymore, but I just reworked an old piece and published it on Medium.
When I first wrote this 6 months ago, it opened up so many IRL conversations amongst my parent friends. We really do all have these #MyKidToo stories. The culture needs to change.
Quit Hitting on My 3-Year-Old
Hey creepy dude: quit it.
Photo by Edi Libedinsky on Unsplash

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Focus on What You Love

Focus on What You Love
These are a Few of My Favorite Things.
on Medium.
“Funny Toy,” one of my kid’s favorite things. (Art by my daughter. Photo by me.)

We Tried to Choose the Sex of Our Baby

We Tried to Choose the Sex of Our Baby
Even though we knew it shouldn't matter.

Published in P. S. I Love You on Medium.
My baby peeking at you. Photo Credit: Author

"We thought about all the cultures that favored boy babies, and wanted to offset that. Smash the patriarchy, and all that.
And we both appreciated how, currently, it’s a lot easier to raise a female to be whoever she wants to be (quiet or loud, wild or bookish, beautifully embodying every contradiction). Raising males this way is important work too, but it sounded harder, and we are lazy.
So why not just choose a girl?"



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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Essential Books for Teaching Kids about Sex/Gender

Here, I talk about 5 of my very favorite books for teaching kids about sex/gender. And by teaching, I mean opening up a conversation.
Essential Books for Teaching Kids About Sex/Gender on Medium.
(A shorter version was previously published in the August 2018 print issue of Raise Vegan Magazine.)
Kid Walking on a Rainbow Photo by Cory Woodward on Unsplash

Sunday, January 20, 2019

"Getting Your Body Back" Post-Pregnancy

This one’s for all the mamas (and other parents) who have built a human inside of you, and after that superhuman trick, you’ve still stood in front of a mirror and doubted that your body was as it should be.
"Getting Your Body Back" Post-Pregnancy on Medium (originally published in the September 2018 print issue of Raise Vegan Magazine)
Breastfeeding Photo by Leandro Cesar Santana on Unsplash
And here's a photo of me nursing, 7 months post-partum:
Me nursing Tzivia at 7 months. Photo by my husband.



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

I'm weird. You're okay.


My dad always said, “If you think somebody isn’t weird, you just don’t know them well enough.”
And I always said, “Yeah, but you’re like, extra weird, Dad.”

Rat Selfie (Photo Credit: Author)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

My Preschooler Has Her Own Instagram

"I think how, over and over, the unfathomable becomes real; how sci-fi writers are prophets; how we seem powerless to stop technology, as it reshapes society, changes what it means to be a human in this world."
My kid, playing with shaving cream at the library. Photo Credit: Author.
 Link to it here: My Preschooler Has Her Own Instagram

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Two Atheists Go to a Pentecostal Church...

Now for something completely different...

(Cropped) Photo by Jenni Jones on Unsplash
This is a piece I wrote for a literary journalism class in college. The assignment was to do something “out of my element,” then write about it. Almost 13 years later, it’s still one of my favorite things I’ve ever written. But, until now, I’ve never shared it outside of that college class. I can see how this could possibly be offensive to some people; that’s certainly not my intent. But I apologize in advance if that’s the case. Enjoy!

On Medium: Two Atheists Go to a Pentecostal Church (You'll probably go to Hell just for reading this.)


Photo by Mark Koellmann on Unsplash

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Doing Yoga While Your Child Screams at You

I just published Doing Yoga While Your Child Screams at You - Loving Your Kid vs. Loving Yourself
in P.S. I Love You on Medium.
"This isn’t a story of 'what to do when your kid is screaming while you’re trying to get a moment to yourself.' Often, I’ve got the answers, but right now I just need to write about how hard parenting is. I want to tell you that we all have these moments, even those of us who seem like we’ve got the whole parenting thing figured out."
“Give the thinking mind a break.” Photo by i yunmai on Unsplash