Since I was a teenager, I’ve had a difficult relationship with the holidays. Some years, like the first Christmas I spent with my husband, felt fun and magical. But more years than not, the pressures of December feel overwhelming and paralyzing. I’ve tried, without much luck, to figure out what the holidays actually mean […]
It’s that time of year again. I love a lot of people who deal with depression. Myself included. And it’s that time of year, when the sun goes lazy and the darkness drops in. When the expectations of the season, glittery and unattainable, don’t quite meet our sagging energy levels. We go against nature, which […]
“Here are the two best prayers I know: ‘Help me, help me, help me,’ and ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you.’”– Anne Lamott Thanksgiving is always one of the most evocative holidays for me. Each year, the memories rise and crest in my mind: The Thanksgiving with my grandparents when my brother and I […]
Your little brother just died. Or your older sister. You feel cracked and lost. You watch the world around you continue to spin, while your life stands still as a statue. I read your emails, made of words that could’ve been mine, and I pause to imagine you, a new member of the […]
We do it twice a year, and each time, I feel the same way… Click here to check out my thoughts on Mommyish!
When my husband and I began to think about starting a family, I decided to wean off the antidepressants I’d been taking for several years to manage my depression and anxiety. The medication I took was a Class C drug, which meant it hadn’t been proven to be safe for use during pregnancy. With consultation […]
I’m super excited to have a new venue for some of my parenting writing to land. I’ll be over at mom.me.com sharing some stories. My first two pieces are already up. In the first piece, How to Know When Your Family is Complete, is about the often ambiguous process of deciding when to stop having babies. […]
It rained on the afternoon of our wedding in 2004. Being from southeast Alaska, I had a backup plan; growing up in a rainforest, sunshine was a contingency plan, and rain was expected. The house we rented for the weekend had a screened porch that accommodated our two dozen closest friends and family. So […]
I’m over at Purple Clover today, sharing about when one of my closest friends died unexpectedly. Come check it out here.
I’m soooo excited to have a story coming out in a juicy soon-to-be-released anthology! My story is about a series of ridiculous arguments I started with my husband. Today is the big cover reveal: Coupledom. Fact or fable, Adam and Eve birthed the perpetual relationship drama as seen on TV today. Despite the serpents, this […]