How I cope with stress and anxiety at work

The bookstore was clearancing these paperweights for $1. They were originally some ridiculous amount, like $40 and who would pay that? But for a dollar, I took it back to my office. It's pleasantly cool and heavy in my hands, and the weight helps with anxiety.
Stress, anxiety, and depression all make it rather hard to focus on work. Let alone GO to work. Some days I just want to hide in bed or camp out at home with my pencil and plastic eraser in hand, drawing, because you know, drawing pictures at work when it’s not part of your job... Read more »

To have one more day with my mom

To have one more day with my mom
It’s been 8 years, and I still miss my mom. What would I do if I had one more day with her? She’d be able to see what a strong, independent toddler my daughter is. We could watch her play at the playground, push her on a swing, catch her as she slides down the... Read more »

Why I haven't taken my child to the library yet

Why I haven't taken my child to the library yet
I have a shameful secret to admit: I haven’t taken my daughter to the library yet. Why? I’m afraid to. Yes. I’m afraid. This librarian by training, who named her blog “Running With A Book Cart,” who had worked in public and academic libraries for years and years, is afraid of taking her daughter to... Read more »
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You Are My Sunshine

You Are My Sunshine
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine… It creeps up on you slowly, wrapping its tendrils around your limbs and your mind until it’s like swimming through kudzu. I came to the realization that I am once again depressed (after what I hoped was remission) when I kept having to stop and sit down during... Read more »

You call it "adultism," I call it "narcissism"

You call it "adultism," I call it "narcissism"
What is “adultism,” you ask? It’s “I know what’s best for my child,” without taking the child’s unique needs into account. It’s when adults say, “I know my child best and he is a boy” when the child says she is a girl. It’s when adults say, “I know what’s best–and no vaccinations are the... Read more »

I belong here: an affirmation for impostor syndrome

I belong here. It makes me cry. I belong. Here. Here with my family. I belong as a wife to a very supportive husband who I don’t know how he can cope with my depression and anxiety. I belong as a mommy to a sweet two-year-old who tantrums and says “Mommy BIG” and wraps her... Read more »
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Is our "terrible twos" more terrible than everyone else's?

A naked, screaming toddler hiding underneath our dining room table, yelling raggedly, “No diaper! No jammies!” isn’t normal. But in parenthood, it is. God. Is this level of tantruming normal among two-year-olds, or do we have an independence prodigy on our hands? Take last night for example. She was happy, playing, and generally in a... Read more »

Patriarchy is passed on through women, too

Patriarchy isn’t just passed on from men to men; women are at fault, too. Women perpetuate patriarchy, support it, legitimize it, and teach their daughters how to act within a patriarchal framework. While this particular article is about narcissistic mothers, it wholly applies to enabling mothers, and narcissistic fathers. The “demand for obedience in exchange... Read more »

What should you do if you see an abused child on public transit?

What should you do if you see an abused child on public transit?
I knew they were trouble from the way they walked into the Red Line car, treating the strollers like luggage. And the children in the strollers like luggage. Just something that you have to lug along with you but you don’t really care if it gets beat up a bit. The poor kids were not... Read more »
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Ever feel like an impostor?

Ever feel like an impostor?
Have you ever sympathized with this photo? Or this one? (I promise this is not a political post, by the way.) Some days, the “productive and perky member of society” suit doesn’t feel like a suit but an extension of yourself. These are the good days, when you can GET STUFF DONE(tm). Interacting with people... Read more »