People who equate truth with fact are missing the point.

Beautiful Boy

Can you see my beautiful boy? He’s not invisible, but you might have to squint a little bit to see him clearly.

You will be tempted to pity him, but rest assured that he will never make you small by pitying you.

He will show you fear in a handful of dust, but he . . . → Read More: Beautiful Boy

Love with Teeth

This article originally appeared in the Winter, 2010 issue of Brain, Child Magazine. I am reprinting it here because this is a key piece of Carter’s and my history that is missing from No Points for Style.

In the four months since Carter’s birth, I had memorized the shadows’ patterns on . . . → Read More: Love with Teeth

Another Day, Another Go-Round With a Judgmental Asshat

After you’ve faced the same bullshit judgment dozens of times, it’s hard to get too worked up about it, but sometimes I manage it anyhow. I mean really, I expect people to be uninformed because you can’t know what you don’t know. But health care providers are, you know, supposed to know about health . . . → Read More: Another Day, Another Go-Round With a Judgmental Asshat

On the Eighth Day

And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

And God . . . → Read More: On the Eighth Day

All this, and yet…

My dogs knocked over the kitchen trash during the night last night and spread tissues and coffee grounds all over the house.


I took Carter to get blood work done this morning and the orders weren’t in the computer system, so we have to go back again tomorrow.


It took me over . . . → Read More: All this, and yet…

Amy Chua’s Tiger Mother: An Exercise In Distraction

A brief list of some of the most controversial issues in the US:




Gun control.


Same-sex marriage.


Yes, motherhood.

My friends, we’ve been played, duped into participating in a pretend conversation that feels very important.

When Amy Chua‘s new book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was excerpted at . . . → Read More: Amy Chua’s Tiger Mother: An Exercise In Distraction

Healthier and Happier: Living In My Body

Several months ago, I wrote a piece called Public Bodies for Blogger Body Calendar.

If you haven’t read it, go do that now. We’ll be here when you get back!

Done? Awesome. Let’s move on.

When that piece went up, I got lots of wonderful support and a few predictable notes of “concern.”

“You . . . → Read More: Healthier and Happier: Living In My Body

Joe Dirt

Brian took Carter to get a haircut today.

In the front: bangs.

When he turns around, it is revealed: this is a mullet.

Carter loves it and won’t let me take him back to get it fixed.

Brian is grounded from taking Carter to the barber shop by . . . → Read More: Joe Dirt

Happier and Healthier: The Beginning

I have that feeling tonight, the one where it seems that gravity has doubled. The urge to curl up in my nest on the couch and stare at the TV until I fall asleep is almost irresistible.

So I’m here, resisting it. I’m tired of watching the days slide past me, empty of accomplishment . . . → Read More: Happier and Healthier: The Beginning

Unclear On the Concept

On the route I take to Carter’s school, there’s a short stretch of road that runs through a neighborhood. It’s pretty heavily trafficked, but just two lanes, and people go flying through there like it’s the damn autobahn or something. I’m always careful to go drive the 25 mph speed limit because a) there . . . → Read More: Unclear On the Concept

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