Smitten with Eli

I’m smitten with Eli. I receive Brain, Child’s promoted essays and posts on my Facebook timeline. One, in honor of May being Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, linked to what has quickly become my favorite blog. It’s about Eli, a baby boy with cystic fibrosis. Every day I am eager for updates. Part of it’s because Eli … Continue reading

Not enough time

Rushing through my morning shower, then, later, chopping vegetables to throw in the oven for the first dinner I’ve made in weeks, ideas for projects knocked around my skull, each new one outpacing the last. Me chasing after, trying to catch up to grab and hold on to at least one in the hopes of … Continue reading

How hard we try

My reading lately has introduced me to two beautifully done, though emotionally challenging, pieces, i.e., this by Martha Bayne and this by Adele Myers; two exciting writers, Cheryl Strayed and Elissa Bassist, their recent dialogue and work, which I’ve added to the “to-read” list on my new goodreads profile; a great poem, “I had been sad … Continue reading

The good shepherd

At church on Sunday the priest intoned that the Gospel was apt given the week’s spate of horrific news. The Boston Marathon bombing, ensuing manhunt and ongoing violence. The explosion in West, Texas. The floods and destruction closer to home. He started on about how the good shepherd protects his sheep from wolves, thieves, robbers. How … Continue reading

Third trimester malaise

An essay I wrote last summer was published on Brain, Child Magazine’s website yesterday. It’s about my third trimester of pregnancy with Henry—and how it was the absolute pits. After sharing it with a friend of mine, she wrote, “In conversations with friends that have children, it seems that mixed feelings (and I’m not talking … Continue reading