On Essaying

In an interview with Hugo House, the writer Steve Almond said that when people ask him “What should I write about?” his response is to “Write about what you can’t get rid of by any other means.” 

 

This, essentially, is why I write essays. Because I’ve tried ALL the other means. They didn’t work.

You can read some of my writing below. And please reach out—I'd love to hear from you.

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Publications

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Sometimes We Choose

December Magazine

The girl in the first dream is young—three or four or five. She has long, white-blonde hair and she is running circles around the flower bed in the center of the front yard of my childhood home...

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A Thing No Longer Given Freely

Hippocampus Magazine

Orientation was only part of the problem. This is when my reflexes stopped working. This is when instinct began to fail me. Or perhaps it is I who failed it...

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The Flood

Entropy

We all needed help that summer—Ben’s parents, me, me and Ben. My storm had begun that spring...

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On Spinsterhood

The Offing

In the photo it is 1986. If I am eight, then my mother and father are forty-two and forty-four, respectively....

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Before and After

SFWP Quarterly, Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue

This morning I was scrolling through my Timehop feed and came across a photo from 2008...

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The Words We Carry

Breathe Free Press

But it seems most women do not carry the word the way I do. It is not chained to them, or part of them.

 
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Book Reviews

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston, reviewed for BookBar

The Collected Shizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang, reviewed for BookBar

On Being 40(ish) edited by Lindsey Mead, reviewed for BookBar

Vote Her In: Your Guide To Electing Our First Woman President by Rebecca Sive, reviewed for BookBar

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung, reviewed for BookBar

The True Secret of Writing by Natalie Goldberg, reviewed for Elephant Journal

The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity’s Hidden Treasure by Sakyong Mipham, reviewed for Elephant Journal

Articles and Other Writings

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Disordered Eating

Healing Spaces Need to be Safe for People Recovering from Disordered Eating

If you’re a practitioner and influencer of any kind, please stop giving advice about what people should eat or drink.

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Yoga

Yoga Classes Online: What Works
 

I decided to try starting a home yoga practice earlier this year after a surgery left me unable to practice regularly at the yoga studio.

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Body Image

Is Victoria's Secret Targeting Tweens?
 

What we consume matters. It matters, in the same way, consuming a salad instead of a cheeseburger does.