ESSAYS, HUMOR, CREATIVE NONFICTION 

WHAT IF OUR MOTHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP CAN'T WEATHER THE TEENAGE YEARS? (Her View From Home, January, 2021)

But I didn’t stop—I couldn’t. Not after reading this morning’s headlines of polarized politics, wildfires, hurricanes, floods, stranded whales mysteriously dying on the Australian shore—not to mention Carole Baskin debuting a Pasodoble on Dancing with the Stars...

PINGED (Paris Lit Up 8, Magazine, October 2020)

And more curiously, at what point did  she crossover from the cool, hip, edgy person you remember to an annoying, presumptuous, kitten-t-shirt-wearing, chain-email sender? And is that crossover inevitable for us all?

CHEF INVISIBLE (Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, University of Dayton; humorwriters.org, April 2020)

It’s true, my cooking mojo isn’t what it used to be- particularly now that I’m experiencing shelter-in-place performance anxiety, as our pleasure is heavily dependent on meals. It seems the more recipes I try, and the harder I try to follow them, the more leaden my muffins turn out. Still, I resent being invisible until the hunger pangs kick in.

A PHASE 4 REFRESHER IN ETIQUETTE (Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, University of Dayton; humorwriters.org, July 2020)

It’s still important to steer away from inappropriate subjects during dinner conversation. These include religion, politics and the entire month of November 2020. Do yourself, and the rest of your table a favor: just don’t.

8 MOTIVATIONAL AND PRACTICAL TIPS FOR WRITING MEMOIR (Write It Sideways, May, 2020)

Identifying your story—figuring out the slice of life, series of events, the question that needs answering, or the moment that changed everything and how—is key to starting a memoir.

WHY GET A DOG? (The Plaid Horse Magazine, October 2019)

*WINNER OF THE GOOSE WICKES PRIZE IN PROSE. 2019

With all this in mind, I've reached what I believe is an adult perspective about domestic pets, particularly the more dependent species, dogs, and that is: why are we all doing this to ourselves? Destroying our perfectly simple lives with more responsibility and heartache?

WE PAY (Entropy, August 2019) 

*NAMED ONE OF THE BEST, MOST POPULAR ESSAYS OF 2019 

But in my trajectory out, I’d had help—from teachers who told me I could rise above, mentors who pushed me to make smarter choices, and maybe most importantly, a sisterhood of women, in books and in person, who had collectively shaped my view of the world, and formed a cultural given for me: women needed to lift each other up.

BETWEEN FRIENDS (Thread Literary Magazine, June 2018)

Emailing in the era of Facebook Messenger was the equivalent of handwriting a letter and sending it by pigeon. A phone call was as intrusive as ringing the doorbell...So I opened my computer and did the only thing I could think of: I sent her a friend request.

THE MAKING OF A PTA MONSTER (Motherly, 2018)

I mean, who were these selfless souls who not only found time to do this, but did it again and again, year after year? Women who went above and beyond making their own kids happy, as they dedicated their time to others’ kids?

MY SKIN, MY KEEPER  (The Flexible Persona, The Corporeal Issue, Fall, 2017)

All those years of lying on the beach from April to mid-October, my body hunkered into sand, my mind drifting as I listened to the ripple of icy water at the shore and seagulls squawking, trained me to tunnel inside.​

TEACHING RACISM ("Black Lives Have Always Mattered, A Collection of Essays, Poems, and Personal Narratives", 2Leaf Press, 2017)

Rawls argued that for a just society, people should approach racial, social and political issues from this original position by trying to suspend their knowledge of their own race, gender, religious beliefs, position of wealth, abilities and preferences.

A STINT WITH RAW FOODS (BA 50, May 2017)

Sharing a dining room with bony and gaunt looking diners, I paid $30 for an entrée of two slices of raw zucchini smeared with pureed cashews and sun dried tomato paste, aka “lasagna,” made somehow believable after downing bio-dynamic wine.

A BRIEF COSMOLOGY OF COSMETOLOGY   (Salon.com, 2017)

Who were these editors to assume the power to judge that woman too narrow or too wide? Who were they to make corrections and be the ultimate jury over a woman’s beautification?

HOW TO BUILD A MOTHER CULTURE  (Elephant Journal, 2017)

There’s some maternal congruence in that Kim is tall and blonde like my mother was, and that she understands what little I remember about my mother’s personality, but I haven’t exactly worked that through yet.​​

30 WAYS TO SUCCEED (The Chaos Journal of Personal Narrative, Fall, 2017)

The first prerequisite of succeeding in today’s competitive world of small business is to have grown up poor, ideally in the 1980s, and to subsequently have read Tony Robbin’s Unlimited Power. Ideally, the copy you will have read will be a signed version by the guru himself, brought home to you by your older sister who has successfully completed his hot-coal-walk/seminar.​​. 

SHANTS (The Haven, 2017) 

Besides, who else but me would confiscate this man’s holey underwear and toss them into the trash, or steal at midnight to his sock drawer and release those threadbare souls to their afterlife, or suggest, while sifting through his drawers, that while the concept of appreciation worked well in real estate and fine wine, it didn’t necessarily apply to clothes? 

CONFESSIONS OF A COMPULSIVE ENTREPRENEUR   (The Haven, 2017)

Where does this endless need to create nonsense stem from? I might trace the roots of this dysfunction to a poor childhood, or growing up in the age of motivational speakers. It could also stem from reading too many stories, in all their impossibility, and believing in an inventor’s version of the American Dream.

THE REAL DEAL (YourTango, 2015)

After a five-year run with a bad boy type, I finally released myself from destructive relationships that made me feel racy. "Nice" sounded calm. "Nice" sounded like a future— one without doors slamming, threats being issued, and tires peeling away.​​

PARENTING PIECE: ON TALENT VS HARD WORK (Scary Mommy, 2015)

Lying can instill confidence in your kids. Lying can be a prerequisite for parenting. Lying can also be a disservice. One needs only to watch any past season of American Idol — and see those countless delusional kids auditioning — to know that, at least sometimes, leveling with kids is also important.

ONE WAY TO GET THERE (Author Magazine, 2015)

Study literature and read anything you can get your hands on. Read to escape. Read to learn. Read to truly live.

A GLITCH (Dan's Papers, 2014)

When we woke, a plague of black flies had swarmed in, making the vacation seem cursed, in the way these things happen.

MOTHERLESS MOTHERING (The Mother Magazine, 2014)

But this was different. I was now a mother, and mothers were supposed to know things.

THEY HAD ME AT TIKUN  (Salon.com, 2011)

Tuesday nights, we carpooled into Manhattan together, and scribbled furiously in our notebooks as Rabbi Jehudi, with his thick beard and tailored suit, explained to us — and the 60 other emotionally stunted people who’d paid a few hundred dollars for the class— that we couldn’t play “the game of life” well until we’d learned the rules.

ANTHOLOGIES

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