Category: Columns

Toi Derricotte

Writing Natural Birth by Toi Derricotte   I wrote Natural Birth when my son was sixteen years old. He was away on an Outward Bound expedition in the mountains of Washington State. It was the first time we had been separated for such an extended time, not even in phone reach, and it brought up some

Christine Simokaitis

It Happens Like This by Christine Simokaitis   I think I’m having a miscarriage. Yesterday morning I took the pregnancy test and told Tim the happy news, but then at the park, after dinner, the cramps began. We were watching Caleb on the curly slide, and I had to sit down all of a sudden from

Adria Bernardi

motherhood is requiring that much listening / over time by Adria Bernardi   “Between 10 and 18 months a baby’s emotions are developed. Emotions are clearly connected with long-term memory.” “The brain is shaped most during the first 10 years of life. . . Teaching music, language, and other lifelong skills will be easier during these

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

Motherhood as Grand Mal (And a Few Other Things) by Soma Mei Sheng Frazier   Childless friends often ask me to describe it: life as a mother. But how? Once I met my daughter Zoe, I realized I’d known nothing about love before, and that’s an offensive thing to say to someone without kids. It

Shefali Milczarek-Desai

Living In-Between by Shefali Milczarek-Desai   I was on the phone with my parents pronouncing my sons’ Indian names with a Gujarati accent when my five-year old son loudly corrected me, “Mommy! It’s not ‘Saagr’ it’s ‘Saww|ger’!”  His harsh American drawl accentuated and apparent in his corrections to my softly flowing Gujarati. I tried explaining that