Monkey Business: My experience being part of a live storytelling show

In February of this year I had a new opportunity as a writer that really pushed me out of my comfort zone. Oral Fixations: An Obsession with True Life Tales is a live storytelling show. Each version of the show has a theme, and the producer carefully curates stories from 8 people who have a [...]

Love the one you’re with

I hovered behind my mom in the kitchen as she made dinner. The fish sticks went in to the built-in oven, and when my mom turned around, she almost bumped in to me. She sighed, “What is it, sweetie?” “I have a serious question.” I was 13, and in these moments, my mom responded with [...]

Going the extra mile with David Sedaris

My husband surprised me last week with a ticket to see one of my favorite authors, David Sedaris. He was coming to our city as part of the DMA Arts & Letters live series, and he was also doing a book signing. I’ve been a big fan of David Sedaris’ work since around 2004, when [...]

4 ways to help children with anxiety

4 ways to help children with anxiety

Anxiety in children isn’t always obvious. Sometimes it can be hard to identify, and therefore it can be challenging for parents to help. After all, if we don’t know that the seed level cause of our child’s discomfort is anxiety, how are we supposed to help them? In my daughter for example, her anxiety often [...]

Lessons in Confidence

Lessons in Confidence

My 6-year-old daughter came screaming into the house as I put the final dinner dishes in the dishwasher. The clang of the appliance gate clattering our dirty tableware met the front door of the house as it burst open with my child's wail. Startled, I asked if someone had been hurt. My daughter sobbed through [...]