The advice, you'll recall, was this: You want them when they're little, but they need you when they're big. That's from my friend Barbara, admonishing me at the time (I was 7 months pregnant with my now-17-year-old son) to find excellent child care, throw myself into high-paying work, and save the "flexible hours, work from … Continue reading A few things: October/November 2018
"To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June." - Jean-Paul Sartre Our Christmas tree sparkled clear through Epiphany and beyond, lighting that particular corner of its room for so long that we were tempted to just leave it up. "When it starts to brown, we can … Continue reading A few things: January 2018
The letter, were there to be one (which there will not), might continue this way: And now it is finally October. The end of sandals, the start of boots. Irrespective of temperature (because, in Memphis one can't be particular about such things), October is the beginning of stews and pot-pies, of flower beds going to … Continue reading Books, art, and the dog days of summer.
For the past few weeks I've been in the good company of more than 200 million people around the world, all of us still hearing the lingering echoes of John B. McLemore and Brian Reed, seeing ghost images of clocks and sundials and tattoos, and a maze.... As you know either very well or not … Continue reading Not tedious, but brief.
I caught a nasty cold in Seattle, and it was - by and large - my own fault. It's possible you're wondering, "what was she doing so far away from Memphis?" and I'll tell you. But first I must give credit where credit's due. The reason I got a cold was that I failed to … Continue reading Don’t forget to write.
This will be short, because we have work to to. It may also be obvious to you, but it wasn't for me. So here goes. I was lying in bed one night recently, catching up on the unimportant, non-depressing kinds of news, when I ran across an essay by Bobbi Brown about her decision … Continue reading Let’s get it started.
Today is #GivingTuesday, and the world needs your help. Today you'll be hearing even more from people like me who work in nonprofits about how you can help someone in need. So, keep it simple: help. Make an investment in humanity today, whether your capacity to give is $10 or $10,000. Find something that matters … Continue reading Pay it forward; give back.
Let's take a trip back in time. Four days before I delivered my (feisty, independent, brave) daughter, in the fall of 2003, I waddled onto a stage to speak at a local conference on early childhood development. Over the year or so leading up to that date I had been working with a coalition of … Continue reading Resolve and resilience.