Otherhood

Originally posted on Chronically Streaming:
I really wanted to like this movie. First of all, I could listen to Angela Bassett read a phone book. Or not a phone book anymore, I guess. What’s the 21st Century equivalent of that? I could listen to Angela Bassett read an influencer’s instagram followers? Not quite the same…

How Understanding Migraine Changed Nothing & Everything

It turns out you can’t will yourself well. I know because I spent most of a lifetime trying. The first migraine I remember happened when I was visiting my great-grandmother. Every year we made the trek from rural northern Vermont to her cookie-cutter retirement community in New Jersey. I don’t remember how old I was…

Goodbye Friends

The first time I led a preschool circle time I was absolutely terrified. I sat on a chair, which was too small for my bottom and too short for my legs, and looked out at those upturned faces. Sweat began to prickle my armpits and the urge to flee began to percolate in my stomach….

When Home Comes to Visit

The unfamiliarity of everything when living in a new place is exhilarating. Around every bend is a new experience, a new thing to see, a new food to taste, a new word to roll around in your mouth. As exciting as it can be, there are also times when we all wish for the comfort…

The Botox Anniversary

To say that my husband got me Botox for our anniversary isn’t entirely true, but it’s close enough. Sure, you can go in for fancy dinners and romantic getaways to celebrate years of marital commitment. Or you can do as we did: Spend it getting nauseated in the back of an overheated taxi, which is…

Finding Strength in Vulnerability

My thoughts about how there is strength in vulnerability in an essay on The Mighty. How Lady Gaga’s Cancelled Shows Can Remind Us There’s Strength in Vulnerability

Back to School

The start of a new school year is a time of wonder. It’s a time to revisit goals, hopes, and dreams. It’s a time to stretch wings and take on new challenges. It’s a time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. I think it’s pretty ok for the kids too. While I…

Up Close with Nature

“You probably don’t need to worry about the snakes and poisonous frogs in the forest,” the guide tells us. Then he repeats the information three times as if convincing himself. Along with about 15 other people we stand under a shelter illuminated by soft glow of low-wattage bulbs; beyond their light is only the thick…

Going Toward the Light

People warned us that the Fiesta de la Luz would be crowded.* Now in its second year the festival, which is part of the commemoration of Ecuador’s independence, turns important buildings in the historic center of city into works of art. Last year, it drew over a million people during the three day run. The…