To the moms who held it all together this year

To the moms who held it all together this year

As the one year anniversary of the pandemic in America rolls by, I've been reflecting on the sweet summer child who really believed that if she did her duty and stayed home for two weeks during lockdown, life would “get back to normal.” Yes, this was me. I was so naive, as I think many [...]

You’re more prepared for Christmas than you think

You’re more prepared for Christmas than you think

I'll be the first to admit that I am way, way behind on Christmas this year. As of today, there's tree, no stockings, no lights, no presents wrapped. In fact I've failed to invoke any spirit of festiveness in my household except for a half-finished screening of Elf, which was interrupted because the host (ahem, [...]

Don’t suppress your pandemic rage. The world needs it.

Don’t suppress your pandemic rage. The world needs it.

I had mostly succeeded at scrubbing my vocabulary of curse words when my oldest child became sentient, but lately they've crept back into my head. And also my speech. Apparently dropping an F-bomb here or there releases endorphins, which is probably why these words keep rising to my lips unbidden. There is a serious lack [...]

Daily quarantine thought: Missing your life

Daily quarantine thought: Missing your life

I keep thinking of this line from Spanglish. Yes, the 2004 Adam Sandler rom-com which netted only 53% on rotten tomatoes. That one. We've brought you Dorothy Sayers, C.S. Lewis, and now . . . Spanglish. Bear with me. Let’s be friends: Join our email list Mid-way through the film,Tea Leoni’s character cheats on her long-suffering [...]

Daily quarantine thought: Why you don’t have to reframe the narrative

Daily quarantine thought: Why you don’t have to reframe the narrative

I listen to a lot of female-hosted self-care podcasts, and LAWL, do those women love to reframe a narrative. It's a therapy-adjacent phrase that reminds us to change our perspective on a problem to view it in a more positive light. And I find it helpful most of the time. For instance, I've been trying [...]

Daily quarantine thought: The “particularly intolerable” of today

Daily quarantine thought: The “particularly intolerable” of today

As someone who's been thoroughly churched her whole life, I have a pretty robust philosophy on hardship and how it should be born. And when it stays in the theoretical realm, hardship always seems saintly. Martyr-ish. Noble. But when a particular problem arises, it feels a lot less beatific. I wasn't expecting this particular puddle [...]