Cowboy-Style “Point-and-Click Justice” Hurting Families

The Internet breeds cheap activism. Point and click, donate a buck, sign a pledge, leave a comment. You can walk away feeling good about yourself and never think about it again. This disconnected approach can lead to angry mobs executing Punishment by Internet. Death threats over speaking out against sexism, ruined careers over speaking sexist…

First Steps First

“Every mother is also the person she is.”   –Barbara Almond 1 “Who are you, and if you don’t know anymore, can you find yourself again?”   –Kathryn Sansone 2 BLW Photography Mommy’s potty time is sacred time. A few moments alone, singing toys and fussing children temporarily muted. Within ten seconds I’ll see tiny…

My “Have Done” List

It’s 1:15. There’s a house under all this mess, and it’s starting to smell weird. I sigh. It’s like Groundhog Day.  No matter how much I clean, it will look the same it does now by the time I wake up in the morning. Yet it has to be done. I set my timer for…

Dim, Sticky Beginnings

Let’s pretend it’s 2006, and I’ve just had my first child. I’m cowering in the corner with my laptop, hiding from a messy house and the adorable 10-week-old baby girl wiggling on the living room floor. I feel like I’m trapped in a lonely dark hole. A hole littered with baby toys and dirty dishes. I…