• A dear friend asked me, recently, if I think that I am a good listener. The answer is that I have great listening skills, but that I can’t use them, sometimes, because the noise inside my head is too loud to make listening possible. At the time she posed the question, I was being a… [Continue Reading]

    The Loud Noise Anxiety Makes Inside My Head
  • Tomorrow, we leave for New York and my inlaws’ home, and on Tuesday, we head to California. First up will be time with a friend from childhood, and then, the BlogHer ’14 conference. I’m spending today doing laundry. I’ll be spending tomorrow evening practicing installing the convertible carseat with a seat belt (my friend’s car… [Continue Reading]

    Anxious Introvert Travels with Toddler
  • I’m reviewing the Joovy HiLo highchair, a raffle prize Walt and I won at an event in Brooklyn this spring, because the Joovy reps I talked to were so nice, and it really is a fantastic high chair. Things I love about this chair: Easy in and out. Easy cleanup. Easily removed tray top. Two heights!… [Continue Reading]

    Joovy HiLo: A Spontaneous Review
  • I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this news. Of course, it hasn’t spread like wildfire among media outlets, because it isn’t scary. But I’ll put aside my cynical hat for the moment to celebrate that the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Health has reported finding SSRI use in pregnancy safer that previously… [Continue Reading]

    Study Finds SSRI Use in Pregnancy Safer Than Believed
  • My own estrangement from my father is about a year old, and Estranged came into my life right in the middle of it. Just over six months ago, I read the brand new “Kindle Single,” the day it came out. I couldn’t stop reading, once I started. In a way, I had to do it all at… [Continue Reading]

    Estranged, by Jessica Berger Gross: A Review
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The Loud Noise Anxiety Makes Inside My Head

A dear friend asked me, recently, if I think that I am a good listener. The answer is that I have great listening skills, but that I can’t use them, sometimes, because the noise inside my head is too loud to make listening possible. At the time she posed the question, I was being a […]

Walt isn't visible, because he's asleep in the Outback. I'm kissing his forehead.

Anxious Introvert Travels with Toddler

Tomorrow, we leave for New York and my inlaws’ home, and on Tuesday, we head to California. First up will be time with a friend from childhood, and then, the BlogHer ’14 conference. I’m spending today doing laundry. I’ll be spending tomorrow evening practicing installing the convertible carseat with a seat belt (my friend’s car […]

How cute is my kid? Also: see the transparent tray-on-tray?

Joovy HiLo: A Spontaneous Review

I’m reviewing the Joovy HiLo highchair, a raffle prize Walt and I won at an event in Brooklyn this spring, because the Joovy reps I talked to were so nice, and it really is a fantastic high chair. Things I love about this chair: Easy in and out. Easy cleanup. Easily removed tray top. Two heights! […]

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Estranged, by Jessica Berger Gross: A Review

My own estrangement from my father is about a year old, and Estranged came into my life right in the middle of it. Just over six months ago, I read the brand new “Kindle Single,” the day it came out. I couldn’t stop reading, once I started. In a way, I had to do it all at […]

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The Climb Out of My Comfort Zone

As I prepare for this weekend’s Climb Out of the Darkness, I can feel my anxiety level rising. It’s not only being the team manager for my area – I didn’t do a great job publicizing the Climb Out, so there are a total of three people, including me, registered so far. If ten people […]

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Inside Misogyny: #YesAllWomen Live in a Sexist System

All the trigger warnings. Even that phrase makes me shudder. Violence, sexism, sexual assault, general and specific.   I did not know how to write about everything I have felt in the wake of the shootings that happened last Friday night at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on a street where my friend used […]

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Rejecting Alicia Silverstone’s Kind, or Real Help for Moms

I am sick and tired of tools that work for some, that maybe ought to be shared, turning into Movements, and I’m rejecting Alicia Silverston’s Kind Movement for this reason. I don’t care how much of it is helpful, or good for the planet. I care that what works for her gets a label and […]

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Climb Out of the Darkness, A New Business, and Other Busyness!

I’ve been a bit absent from the blog, but not because I’ve been hiding! No way. I’ve been BUSY. First, I found this great new self-care idea called Jamberry Nails: I tried a sample my friend sent me, and I loved it so much that I wanted ALL the designs! Well, wearing that sample around, other […]