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

My Little Pony

Not her pony, for the record. Though she’s already informed me that when she’s grown up she will purchase a horse instead of a car, become a horse trainer/sea animal rescuer, and also rehabilitate wildlife. For now, just a group lesson with friends ....more

Is the world going to be kind?

Miles’ ear infection reached a crescendo around 5 p.m., an hour before he was due another dose of ibuprofen. He wailed, and without thinking, I cradled him, all 44 pounds, in the same way I had when he was a baby — his legs straddling my waist, his face buried in my chest, close to my heart. I rocked and swayed and bounced, as if five years hadn’t passed ....more

half marathon playlist 2015

Running season is here again, which means it’s time for a new half marathon playlist. This year I’m hoping to clock some faster times, so I opted for more upbeat music than in past years. Did I miss any of your favorites? ...more