I’ve had the great good fortune to write about a broad range of topics and publish in many formats. Here are a few of my favorite stories…
This is a story I wrote for The Atlantic about social-emotional learning (SEL). Most people don’t know what that is, but it’s a growing and important phenom in education. SEL is essentially teaching children very early on how to be their own best friend – that is, how to be organized, regulate their emotions, take care of themselves and treat others just as well. Of course, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but those are the basics. I had the enormous privilege of hanging out with Keeth Matheny and his students at Austin High in Austin, Texas.
After meeting those kids and finishing the story I was convinced that the working with SEL had to be the highest calling. For a period of time, I really wanted to ditch writing and become an SEL researcher. Writers very often fall in love with the topics of their articles. I tell my college students that though you have to remain skeptical and not biased, you live with a topic for a chunk of time and it really does make sense that you get very into it.
My grad school thesis at University of Missouri-Columbia was the start of my obsession with academic writing. By the way, I was a much-delayed grad student (I finished the program in 2015). I had two young boys and worked all the way through the program, but it was worth it if for no other reason than to write this story:)
This is a personal essay about the loss of three of my siblings. Midwest Review also ran a companion essay I wrote about my sister’s son coming to live with me. I’m probably not done writing about this topic! I was honored that Barrelhouse editors nominated this essay for “Best of the Net.”
Two recent blogs for Education Post. I went to the DC March only after a friend texted me saying she was putting a check in the mail for my airfare. The cause was always important to me but when someone is willing to put their money where their mouth is, that takes it up a level. I had to go. I’m heartened and humbled by what I see in kids right now.
I’ll add more stories — with comments — as time permits. I edit and teach too…soooooo. Here are other places my work has appeared:
VIV (digital delivery)
Co-author, “Fearless Pregnancy: Wisdom and Reassurance from A Doctor, A Midwife and A Mom” (Fair Winds Press, 2004)
Contributor, Women’s Health Wisdom (Oxmoor House, 2002)