Saving the world, one sandwich at a time…

My kids’ school is a plastic-free zone. Students bring their lunches in glass or metal containers, and they try to avoid excess packaging and waste. I love the eco-friendly policy, but sometimes miss the convenience of grabbing a Ziplock baggie ....more

Update: Changing the conversation about women

Several months ago, I told you about PRI’s initiative, Across Women’s Lives. I was asked along with a select group of women writers to partner with PRI and SheKnows Media to share news stories about women worldwide. The goal: To change the sobering statistic pictured above ....more

Alaska

I stared at the turquoise blue water and wondered: How will I feel tomorrow if I don’t jump? We were several miles into a hike across the Root Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park ....more

summer is for creativity

I panic a little as the last day of school approaches. Gone is my predictable work schedule. Instead, I cobble together hours while the kids are at swim practice or while they’re doing their summer reading ....more

How to be a successful writer

About twice a week someone asks me a variation of the same question: “How do you find the discipline to write?” Sometimes it’s more like, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to be a writer! How do you do it?” The short answer is that this is my career. How does a teacher stay disciplined to teach? ...more

in search of spring

Spring for me has been a flurry of deadlines, punctuated with moments of beauty and peace. Like a five-hour-long play date with dear friends, so easy and comfortable and fun that none of us realized that five hours had passed until the kids’ cheeks turned a little too pink (time to reapply sunscreen) and the breakfast (and then lunch) dishes were cleared and we finally glanced at our watches because, though we had nowhere else to be, it felt like a perfect time to nap. But before leaving, the youngest of our hosts scooped up a few fresh eggs from her backyard chicken coop and placed them gingerly in Bronwynn’s upturned skirt — a taste of spring and friendship and nurturing to take home ....more

this week

Spring Break this year meant exploring our city with my sister, who visited from Atlanta. Plans were loose. We had a few requirements: Horseback riding, a lemonade stand, ice skating ....more

The perils of working from home

In between conference calls with NYC editors and writing deadlines, I glance at the fridge and wonder: How hard would it be to make homemade brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts? Turns out, not that hard. One Trader Joe’s pie crust cut into rectangles plus brown sugar, cinnamon, and a little egg wash…350F in the oven for 20 minutes, and I have instant comfort food! ...more

Can we change the conversation about women?

Recently I was asked to partner with Public Radio International (PRI) and SheKnows media in a groundbreaking 18-month-long initiative to change the conversation about women in the media. Along with hundreds of other journalists, bloggers, and social media influencers,...more

Blue Apron Review: First impressions

Cooking is usually the first thing to fall off my domesticity to-do list. I really love good food, and I enjoy cooking. It’s a creative challenge, and I love a creative challenge ....more