Inaugural Poem

Inaugural Poem
A room full of people, Surrounded by shadows of a fading light. “No,” I said, in turns, With a voice dancing recklessly between fear and laughter. “No,” I said, Helplessly, Unheard. I knew him, The archetype Man with Power, When, in turns, I said, “No,” The word emptied with a hollow dredged of fear and the plodding footfall of the inevitable.... Read more »

Never Question Your Gut Feelings

Never Question Your Gut Feelings
When I was eighteen, I started hallucinating smells. I knew my great-grandmother had been schizophrenic, and that schizophrenia tends to manifest when you’re about eighteen, so I freaked out. I looked up the number for a psychiatrist, and called in a panic. “You know, schizophrenics hallucinate voices, not smells. Hallucinating smells is a symptom of... Read more »

Four Words That Will Help Me Save the World

Four Words That Will Help Me Save the World
Two days before Thanksgiving, M had his every-so-many-monthly MRI. For us, it was what it nearly always is. Inconvenient, but not unwelcome. Stressful, but less so than so many other aspects of our lives. Worrisome, but by no means the most worrisome thing in our lives. To be honest, two weeks after the election the... Read more »
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Dispatches from Disassociated America

Dispatches from Disassociated America
When I was 14 years old, I was raped. It took me a long time to come to terms with what happened. Not to get over it, not at all, just to wrap my head around the idea that it had happened. The process of incorporating “rape victim” into my identity included disassociation, reckless behavior,... Read more »

The October 2016 SuperMommy Digest

The October 2016 SuperMommy Digest
It’s been a long, exhausting month, starting with the release of the Trump Tapes. When you write about sexual violence and one of the candidates for president is recorded BRAGGING about committing multiple acts of sexual assault, news can take over you life. There is something utterly triggering about a man in power, in genuine contention to... Read more »

To The Doctor I Hated For Saving Me, Thank You

To The Doctor I Hated For Saving Me, Thank You
I had been engaged for fifteen hours, and I was terrified. Fifteen minutes earlier my fiancé’s coworker called to tell me he had a seizure at his softball game, he was in an ambulance on his way to the emergency room. I was already in my pajamas, letting a pint of ice cream soften on... Read more »
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Praying with Sinners

Praying with Sinners
Tonight is Kol Nidre, the start of Yom Kippur. For Jews, that means it is a time of reflection. A time to ask ourselves what we have done wrong in the past year, and to reflect on how to become better people in the year to come.   This last year has been, without a... Read more »

The September 2016 SuperMommy Digest

The September 2016 SuperMommy Digest
  I’m happy to say, in addition to my usual blogging and freelancing, I’ve accepted a job writing for a nonprofit that works to end human trafficking. So far, it hasn’t slowed down my output by a lot, and I hope that soon, I’ll be able to share all the amazing work we’re doing to... Read more »

The Virtue of Unpopularity

The Virtue of Unpopularity
There was a time when I tried to fit in. I tried to dress the way the popular girls did, back when pretty was in style. They wore khaki shorts over white tights, in polo shirts with cardigans tied over their shoulders. I tried, but my wardrobe just couldn’t accommodate the look. I ended up in... Read more »
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When People in Your Actual Life are Actually Voting for Somebody who is Cool with You Being Set On Fire*

When People in Your Actual Life are Actually Voting for Somebody who is Cool with You Being Set On Fire*
This morning I may have had an icky exchange on facebook with somebody I thought I knew. And it may have resulted in a very long, very angry tirade about Donald Trump supporters. And I may have made the blanket statement, “If you’re voting for Donald Trump you are a bad person,” and I may... Read more »