In one day in 2015, I learned these three things: I was pregnant. There were no genetic answers for Tophs’s challenges. There was a genetic finding we weren’t looking for. I wrote about Tophs’s medical history here–about searching for causes of his growth failure, hypoglycemia, and developmental challenges. I didn’t write that in one phone […]Read more "In One Day"
As you know, I don’t normally write fiction. But I challenged myself to write a snippet for the Writer’s Eye Contest at UVA in 2015, and this is what came out: “We live and die by them shadows,” she said. She pointed as though the sun had melted into a pile of butter along her […]Read more "Dark Swallows"
Sometimes words are corny or trite until they hit your ears at just the right moment. Become your revelation. Elie Mae likes to watch me cook. She stands on a stool in the kitchen and asks to stir batter or pour water or sprinkle cheese. Monday morning, as she was stirring an ice cube into […]Read more "In Elie’s Words"
“In one trip, I would both say goodbye to Anne and meet my newborn niece, Mynne. The space where I grieved would be the space where I adored perfect eyelids and nostrils so small you could miss them.” Read my last Big Mom on Campus column here. Thank you so much for taking this journey […]Read more "Last Big Mom on Campus column"
Find out what happens when life gives you poopRead more "Tophs’ Epic Blowout"
Read part two of my column on race and preschool in Charlottesville here.Read more "The Follow-Up on Race in Charlottesville"
Tophs spent the holidays in the arms of loving family members. Now it’s back to the loving arms of his ExerSaucer. Read all about it at McSweeney’s.Read more "Um, Where Did We Stick Tophs?"