20 Things You Learn When Your Bathroom Tries To Kill You

January 18, 2016

I was going to start off the new year with a renewed commitment to writing – more frequent writing, more quality writing. I was going to write about that renewed commitment to writing and about how I’m going to meet that renewed commitment, but then my bathroom tried to kill me. That was something of a distraction, but it was a dramatic distraction, so I thought, why not write about that? Here is what happens when your bathroom tries to murder you by exploding* your glass bath/shower enclosure: 1)   You won’t realize what’s happening at first. This is probably true [...]

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On Santa and Stories and Other Kinds of Truth

December 24, 2015

Every year, I write about Santa, because every year, Santa plays an important part in our holiday celebrations. Emilia is now ten, but the same ideas apply, and will apply, I expect, for many years to come. After all, I still believe in Santa, and I don’t think that faith is going to rattle any [...]

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Don’t Call Her A Tomboy

December 1, 2015

The whole conversation started because I don’t like the word “tomboy.” “Mommy,” my daughter Emilia said to me one day a few months ago, “I think that I’m a tomboy.” “What makes you say that?” “Because I like a lot of things that boys like. I like basketball and motorcycles. I like surfing.” She thought [...]

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We Shall Race To The Place We Get Out Of The Playground: On Children and the Unbearable Lightness of Friendship

November 21, 2015

Dear Beatrix, Do you know I’m your bestest bestest friend? I hope we can have another play date or even have a sleepover. I hope we have fun at school today. Should we have a sleepover at my house or your house? Maybe at the sleepover we can watch a movie. Maybe you and me can [...]

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The Postmodernist At The End Of This Book

September 30, 2015

(I posted a version of this piece a zillion 8 years ago. Republishing it now, because I feel like it.) Today, we’re going to talk about books. Not about books that you should read (I can cover that topic another time), nor about books that I currently read. It’s about one of my very first [...]

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The Most Beautiful Music In The World, Redux

September 29, 2015

Five years ago this month, I went to Lesotho with the UN Global Fund to see the work of their Born HIV Free campaign and to get to know their partner organizations. The idea was to see the stories on the ground, and to figure out ways to tell those stories in a way that [...]

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Counting The Days

July 1, 2015

It’s been about seventeen days now. They left two weeks ago Monday, on the Monday that I decided to call the doctor about the new lump in my breast. That week contracted in time; I couldn’t tell you now, without looking at my calendar, what happened on which days. I only know that I went [...]

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But Actually, Do Let Me Vet Your Mixtapes

June 26, 2015

According to the Myers Briggs type indicators, I’m an INTJ, which is to say that my psychological ‘type’ (according to the MBTI) is characterized by Introversion, Intuition, Thinking and Judgment. INTJs, according to various sources (that is to say, Wikipedia) only make up 1 – 2% of the population, which may or may not be [...]

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On The Flying Trapeze

June 25, 2015

From Report on Business: Trusting in the strength of her body to swing on the trapeze at circus school for the first time was equal parts thrilling and terrifying for Catherine Connors. The daring acrobatics perfectly symbolized the huge risk she took when she left a job she loved at Walt Disney Co. to start [...]

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That Voice

June 24, 2015

Welcome Amy – friend, storyteller, and a new contributor to this space. My father had a distinctive voice. It had a kind of intensity. It was naturally domineering and controlling. It was demanding. It felt like he was yelling even when he wasn’t. One fall day in the late ‘80s he and I were in my Saab [...]

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A Beautiful Mess

June 17, 2015

My husband and children are out of town for a week, which is wonderful and terrible all at once. It’s terrible, because I miss them desperately. But it’s wonderful, too, because I get the house to myself, and having the house to myself is wonderful because I get to wrangle it into a state of [...]

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