How to Get Through Postpartum Anxiety

I was "ready" for postpartum issues. I was prepared. I had my placenta encapsulated. I told myself I would ask for help (and I did). I was determined to breastfeed, even if it was hard. Since I have had anxiety issues since I was 23 years old, I knew it was a possibility that I could have them while my body sorted through the muck of my hormonal roller coaster after birth. And despite the steps I took at preventing a postpartum anxiety issue, it came anyway, right on schedule at the six week mark. ...more
Thank you for writing about postpartum anxiety. PPD is pretty well known these days, but the ... more

What It Feels Like When You're Having an Anxiety Attack

I suffer from anxiety along with my depression. It's a tricky thing to manage. A lot of people don't really understand what it's like to have an anxiety attack so I thought I would share what happens to me whenever one comes up. ...more
I love this post. One thing I blog a lot about is anxiety. I am also in the process of writing a ... more

An Open Letter to the Catholic Church

Dear Catholic Church,I’ve been a Catholic since I was born. I made my first communion, confirmed, and then married in the same church. I said goodbye to my favorite grandfather and my mom at that church. That church was home. Maybe it’s because of my parents’ close connection to St. Pius, but no one will ever be as good a priest as Father Arturo....more
Hi Jess! I would love love love to talk Catholic with you :) Please hit me up any time to chat. ... more

Announcing our BlogHer '13 Kick-off Keynote: Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman

Today we were so excited to announce yet another amazing BlogHer '13 keynote speaker: The BlogHer community's own Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman. ...more
So excited to see Ree!    My question: When someone asks you what you do for a living, what do ... more

Dear Mom with Anxiety: You're Normal

Dear Mom Dealing with Anxiety, You're different than other moms. I mean, you do all the same things each day: change diapers, go to work, make lunch, give horsey rides, clean the kitchen, check in with daycare. But, you think you're different. You manage all of these things while dealing with anxiety. Maybe it's just the everyday, run-of-the-mill variety, or maybe, like me, you have day-stopping panic attacks and require medication. Either way, you're anxious, and that makes life a bit harder, doesn't it? ...more
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Playground Etiquette: Are You Behaving Properly?

The playground is kind of the first social circle for your kids. Unless your child is in daycare at a very young age, the playground is where your child is introduced to other kids and given the opportunity to explore, play, and socialize. But please remember it comes with a set of unspoken parent rules, which really, are common sense -- but you'd be surprised to find that some parents neglect standard playground etiquette....more
This is great! I am always wondering about these things when I take Ellen out. One thing I do ... more

Considering What Unites Us

While I read Alex George's A Good American I thought a lot about what it means to belong -- to a church, a town, a country, a family. Frederick didn't belong to Jette's social strata, so they had to leave their homeland in order to be together. When they reach America, they do not end up in the town they intended to settle in, but they put down roots there....more
When we moved to MN, we seemed to be drawn to people who also were Michigan natives. We never ... more

The Redemptive Power of Song

We've discussed how music plays a big role in Alex George's A Good American when we talked about how he described Jette's life as an opera. It's more than that the family just liked music, it was woven into the fabric of their lives. It was what they used to learn about themselves and about life. ...more
Most of my days have to do with myself. It's often true that we are in charge of our own ... more

Is Your Life an Opera?

In Alex George's A Good American music is important to the lives of the characters and is integral to the plot. Jette and Frederick meet when he serenades her in a park. They find help in New Orleans from someone that Frederick met through music. This same man will come back into their lives and greatly impact their future. Frederick and Jette's sons and grandsons are all singers....more
What a cool question.   I have had to think about this for a while. But here is what I came up ... more

Gastronomic Mosaics & Culinary Road Maps

Food quickly becomes important to the story in Alex George's A Good American. Before the Meisenheimers ever open the restaurant, Jette finds herself homesick. She turns to the meals she ate in her homeland for comfort. She didn't have recipes passed down from her mother or even a cookbook to turn to. Through a process of trial and error, she made her way through the food in memories until they existed on her table. ...more
Part of me has to laugh when I read this because growing up, my mom hated (I guess she still ... more