Family and Parenting, Travel

How Was Your Trip, Part II: I Confront My Colonial Impulse on a Waterslide

Here's something I didn't anticipate about our trip: a surprising number of visits to amusement parks. At the top of our list -- for activities in India as well as amusement parks visited -- is Wonderla Kochi. Set atop a hill overlooking Kerala's lushness, Wonderla offers and and water amusements plus the best-ever fair food… Continue reading How Was Your Trip, Part II: I Confront My Colonial Impulse on a Waterslide

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Breaking Through: Winter Discoveries for Creativity and Healing

Inner Artist What a delight to happen upon at the local library Julia Cameron's Vein of Gold, a spinoff of her very popular (cultish?) Artist's Way. Cameron is an artistic descendant of one of my writing heroes, Brenda Ueland; what Brenda was writing decades earlier, Cameron expands and enhances with accessible -- and even fun!… Continue reading Breaking Through: Winter Discoveries for Creativity and Healing

Cooking & Baking, Family and Parenting

Susie’s SouthForty Toffee: Christmas Disaster Averted

"This is the best dessert I've ever had," my husband declared. "You have to take it away from me." Hide it somewhere, he told me. Somewhere I won't find it. Otherwise I'll eat the whole thing. Over the next few days it became a game of sorts: I would find a hiding place, he would… Continue reading Susie’s SouthForty Toffee: Christmas Disaster Averted

Family and Parenting, Travel

Kerala: A South Indian Lesson on Loving My In-Laws

In the second half of October, I took a break from crawling around in the dark cave of sexual assault stories to write on a lighter topic: in-laws! In the process I was delighted to discover the Wanderful community, whose mission is to build an inclusive network of women and non-binary people to help each other… Continue reading Kerala: A South Indian Lesson on Loving My In-Laws

Body, Politics

Brett Kavanaugh Reminds Me of College. God Help Us All.

Last week, I finally looked him up. It’s not as if I’d blocked it out all these years, but this time around, the memory was hitting me differently. I guess even given the resonance of the allegations, I wasn’t prepared for the triggering familiarity of Kavanaugh's tone. It didn’t take long to locate him on… Continue reading Brett Kavanaugh Reminds Me of College. God Help Us All.