Thursday, May 2, 2019

I Found Self Love Through Plastic Surgery: DDD to B+

I Found Self Love Through Plastic Surgery

DDD to B+: My breast reduction surgery story

My debut piece for Fearless She Wrote, a new feminist publication on Medium.
I opted not to use personal photos in the Medium piece, but here's a picture of me, healing from the surgery:
Healing from breast reduction surgery, 20 years old.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Who’s Afraid of a Children’s Book?

Who’s Afraid of a Children’s Book?

I am. But my kid isn’t.

"These images certainly make me feel something. They make me feel anxiety in my whole body, the exact feeling the kid in the book is feeling. So, I believe the art is impressive; it speaks to me. But does it belong in a children’s book?"
Click to read the rest on Medium.
Who's afraid of a children's book? Photo by Alice Alinari on Unsplash

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Bridging the "Million Word Gap"

Bridging the “Million Word Gap”

Reading to kids: the how and the why

 I just published this on Medium.
My daughter reading Ten Apples Up On Top! at Finnriver Farm & Cidery (Photo by Arcelia Kent, used with permission)

If You Speak Your Wish, Will it Come True? - Carmela Full of Wishes...

If You Speak Your Wish, Will it Come True?

Carmela Full of Wishes, and the power and limitations of a wish

Published in The Ascent on Medium
“WISH FOR PEACE” mural from the Nashville Walls Project — Photo by Ben Wilkins on Unsplash

“What Do You Do To Relax?” My Therapist Asks.

“What Do You Do To Relax?” My Therapist Asks.

A poem about long baths, without judgment

I published this self-care poem on Medium.
The Beautiful Feeling of a Bath Photo by Hanna Postova on Unsplash


Friday, April 5, 2019

How Many People Can I Follow in a Day on Medium?

How Many People Can I Follow in a Day?

I’m about to find out.

Published in The Writing Cooperative on Medium. This is just a meta piece about the philosophy of how to be successful writing on Medium. 
(Credit: Author’s personal screenshot of my Medium profile)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Seasonal Affective Disorder in the Spring and Summer

Seasonal Affective Disorder in the Spring and Summer

We want to have it all. We want to do it all. We’re (sun)burnt out.


I just published this on Medium, about summer-onset seasonal affective disorder. I told myself, don't do the pun. Don't do it. Don't do it. I did it. LOL.
Summer-onset seasonal affective disorder Cropped Photo by Chang Liu on Unsplash

Friday, March 29, 2019

My Passover Dinner, With the Help of the Velveteen Rabbi

My Passover Dinner, With the Help of the Velveteen Rabbi

Seders to celebrate liberation for all

Published in the new publication One Table, One World on Medium.
Wouldn’t mind this as my seder plate. Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash
 

Do You Ever Worry CPS Will Take Your Kids?

Do You Ever Worry CPS Will Take Your Kids?

This judgment culture doesn’t make for the best parenting.

I just published this on Medium.
 
Happy, healthy and kind. Cropped Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash

The Man Who Choked Me on a First Date

The Man Who Choked Me on a First Date

Why it took me six dates to tell him “No.”

Published in P. S. I Love You on Medium
Woman gasping for breath. Cropped Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash
 

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)