Your silence will not protect you– no matter your age

When I was in high school I wore a pin on my winter coat that featured Audre Lorde’s quote, “Your silence will not protect you.” Yes, I was far more idealistic then and while I wouldn’t wear a button with a slogan on my coat these days, I find myself thinking of Elie Wiesel’s words […]

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Book Reviewing in Action: Friedman Fellows Brothers Celebration

I get to read and think about a lot of great (parenting) books. That also means I often get a lot of ideas about what to do– or not do, as the case may be!– with my boys.  When I reviewed Laura Markham’s latest, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings, for Brain, Child in the winter I […]

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Pink Warrior Boy?

Today I faced one of my first true parenting dilemmas– and one of the first times my partner and I have disagreed on a decision. I signed my eldest son, Carston, up for town soccer where he will play on a U4 team. He needs cleats and shin guards for the first time so we […]

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Playing around with Books and TV Shows

I’ve been writing elsewhere lately about various different interests– my kids, playing, pageants, figure skating, books, TV shows, and child geniuses. You can check out these three different pieces by clicking on the titles: 1) Play, Outsourced– Written as part of the blog series, 28 Days of Play, about what impacts and at times impedes […]

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Reading and Reviewing Parenting Books: The Long View

It’s no secret that I am a voracious reader. So when I read that people no longer want to read a book— or certain type of book— it makes me very sad. Especially given that one of my hats is as Book Review Editor at Brain, Child Magazine (obviously focusing on books related to parenting). […]

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My Purple Train Boy Turns 3

Back in November I (along with Carston!) made my writing debut in The Washington Post. I was thrilled to have a piece in the On Parenting section. I originally titled the piece “My Purple Train Boy,” but it was retitled to, “My boy likes soccer and dance, trains and the color purple.” The lines I […]

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Protest Progress: Professional and Personal Development

August– the heat, the uncertainty– seem far away on this chilly November day. But I’m reminded of how I felt only a few months ago, particularly on the day I first found out what was happening at my high school in Michigan. And, now, today, when news of some resolution is shared. In August my […]

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A Bookworm’s Dream Position: New Book Review Editor at Brain, Child Magazine!

When my name first appeared in Brain, Child Magazine in the Summer of 2013, I felt I had finally arrived as a writer. With the tagline “A Magazine for Thinking Mothers,” I had long admired the publication, and dreamt of the day when hopefully something I wrote would appear on its glossy pages. I’ve been […]

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Back to Blogging after Babies, Boobs, and Blissful Nights

The last time I blogged I mentioned I would soon be delivering and nursing. Since then my second son, Quenton, has been keeping me busy. And who could resist this punim?! I hypothesized I’d be reading more (wrong!) and I never imagined it would take me 4+ months to return to blogging! With two little […]

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My Reading List in 2013

This past year, for the first time since middle school, I kept track of the books I read. And I am SO happy I did! It made me read more critically and it helped me make better recommendations to friends. I’m definitely doing it again this year, a year in which I suspect I will […]

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