I Have Three Hearts: On Beyonce

Beyonce is a woman who works. She’s an incredible singer. She’s got that amazing body, clearly earned by plenty of gym time and green juices. She’s a fashion icon. She’s got a relatively successful marriage, and enough personal clout to …

Trying (and failing) for our tribe

I recently had an “aha!” moment while reading Sebastien Junger’s 2016 book Tribe. It’s all about how modern society has shifted away from our tribal roots—duh—and how moments of collective trauma, like war, reconnect people to their primal, tribe-centric selves. …

The Tiniest Things: Twelve Months

NS, you are one year old! It is amazing—maybe all years have felt this elastic, like a single day stretched out over a year, or a year compressed into a day. Maybe my memory has always been this layered, where …

Selfish

We are on minute 54 of screaming right now. Fifty-four minutes of screams of various pitches and modulations. Sometimes, there’s a rattling sound, when a bit of snot gets lodged in his nose. Otherwise, it mostly just sounds like shrieking. …

Mama’s First New Year’s Resolutions

I love a good new year’s celebration. I do several “new years” throughout the year—September back-to-school time, which always feels ripe for a new learning opportunity; Winter Solstice, in which we say good-bye to the previous year; and January 1, …

Baby’s First Gift Guide: 2016

Because I am a human who loves shopping and who is also broke most of the time, I love gift guides. I love leafing through a page or six of carefully curated items, each with a special person in mind—Grandma! …

Dance Babies Dance

I love dancing. I’m not amazing at it; I can shimmy my hips and stomp my feet, but I’m no fluid angel of light-borne energy or anything. But I genuinely love it. When I started to do some soul-healing a …

Kid Scares: Halloween Movie Roundup

My husband loves Halloween. Like, looooooves it. How many o’s were in that “love”? Add two more. It is his favourite holiday by far, as it collects several of his favourite things—spookiness, chocolate, monsters, horror, the macabre, an excuse to …

The Tiniest Things: Nine Months

Because things change so fast. Things I want to remember about these days include: // He loves Tupperware! I give him a big container filled with lids and smaller containers, and he can spend a good fifteen minutes tossing everything …