My Short Story! Available Now!

As I mentioned back in September (in this post) I’ve had my first short story published in an anthology! The wonder! The excitement! The buying opportunity!


Published in: on March 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm  Comments (2)  
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On what I’m writing now, part 2

Or rather, what I’m not writing. Careful, personal angst follows. (more…)

Published in: on February 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Mothering my biracial baby installment 2: My hair obsession

I’m here to admit it: I’m completely obsessed with my daughter’s hair. (more…)

Published in: on January 31, 2012 at 12:18 am  Comments (7)  
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Motherhood Year 2: Time to have a goal

Or how do I teach “Look at it, listen to it, smell it, touch it, and then, if nothing else goes wrong, lick it.”?

The question of my personal parenting purpose has been hanging around in the back of my head for some time. I mean, what is the essential skill or skills I want to make sure my daughter has? I don’t mean reading, or driving, or other crap like that. There are professionals out there to teach that stuff. I mean essential skills like self-reliance, self-evaluation, courage, kindness — the important things you can’t just leave to teachers and television. So when I received this comment from a friend (one of the most astute people I know and an avid girl gamer to boot, which becomes relevant later) it really hit home. This is what I’m supposed to teach her as a mother! “Look at it, listen to it, smell it, touch it, then lick it.” It strangely encapsulates the best skills of assessment, planning, deep thinking, empathy, problem-solving, courage, and wonder that I’d like my daughter to have by the time she’s 25 or so. (I can discuss why 25, but that’s a different post.) (more…)

Published in: on January 26, 2012 at 12:21 am  Comments (1)  
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On Surviving the Holidays and the Constancy of Wonder

Baby’s First Christmas has come and gone. I’m not sure what the big deal was supposed to be.


Published in: on January 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm  Comments (1)  

On parenting magazines

I don’t read parenting magazines. This is not from lack of trying. I love the magazine medium: shiny paper, pretty colors, a pithy 1,000 words on some topic that both informs and delights. But I discovered early on in my first pregnancy that parenting magazines are built on a simple premise –


Published in: on November 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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On March 25, 2012

Or “You know the first guy to do that died at the end?”

Or or, “What does your body do?

I just signed up to run the Oakland Half Marathon on March 25, 2012, start time 9AM. Here’s why. (more…)

Published in: on November 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm  Comments (1)  

Social Networking Moment

Isn’t “social networking” a little redundant? I mean, isn’t all socialization a matter of building a network? Isn’t all networking social, as in it is between two different nodes along a wire? That being neither here nor there, I just wanted to take a moment to give put my Internet support where my pocketbook and my feet already are: behind a fine author, who also happens to be a client of mine and a damn fine friend. (more…)

Published in: on October 18, 2011 at 4:18 am  Leave a Comment  

On What I’m Writing Now

Ah yes, writing. It continues to be sporadic, but it is improving. At one point, 2plus years ago, I was up to 1,000 words a day of written fiction. I could sit down at any time of the day or night and produce the introduction to a short story or the middle of some novel I desperately wanted to write all of. Never an ending. I’m not very good at endings. Now, well, now I’m less prolific… (more…)

Published in: on September 27, 2011 at 3:11 am  Comments (2)  

On my first experience as the mother of biracial baby

You knew it was coming. Ok, maybe you didn’t. But I knew it was coming.


Published in: on September 20, 2011 at 4:25 am  Comments (5)