I am a mother, writer, and teacher. I write about things that interest me, and I'm committed to entering EVERY Vocal contest and publishing writing EVERY day. I plan to jump wildly from niche to niche as I think, write, create and explore.
Baby Got Vax: Why I'll Vaccinate My Child Against Covid-19
Cue the conspiracy theorists, the crunchy mamas, the vehement anti-vaxxers. I hope y'all are sitting down because I'm coming in hot to tell you that we will be vaccinating our preschooler against Covid-19 as soon as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine becomes available for his age group. Get your rotten vegetables ready to throw and start building a pyre, because in this thought piece I plan to take you through our three reasons for vaccinating...and I'll address some common arguments against doing so along the way.
Felis Catus: A Touch of the Wild
Felis catus. She is the only domesticated animal among the family felidae, believed to have first domesticated themselves around 7500 BCE in the Near East. First attracted to human settlements by the rodent populations gathered around our ancient ancestors' grain stores, cats have settled comfortably into their role as some of humans' oldest companions.
Birth of a Mother
Heat. That’s the part I remember the most. In all of the videos I had watched and books I had read about labor and delivery, nothing had prepared me for just how hot I would get in that triage room. My husband ran ice chips from a Styrofoam cup down my bare back and they melted instantly, rivulets of lukewarm water mingling with my sweat, pouring off of me.
Sitting around her wood kitchen table, its surface ridged like the jagged hilltops that enfolded the county, and well-worn with three generations of hands, my grandmother drenched buttermilk pancakes with blueberry syrup and slid the plate down the slick surface until it bumped into my open hands.
- Second Place in Sweet Nostalgia Challenge
In Defense of Skinny Jeans
Look, I know skinny jeans have gotten a bad rap lately. A millennial myself, I am also a middle school teacher and I have a Gen-Z sister-in-law. So I like to think that I am pretty up-to-date on style trends. There are tons of styles from about 2005-2012, or as I like to call them, The Naughty Aughties, that I was willing to let go of. Flat ironing our hair into oblivion, for example. The heavily penciled eyeliner. Abercrombie & Fitch everything. Even my side part. You get my point.
How I Wrote 4 Top Stories in 5 Days: 6 Tips for Vocal Creators
I first became interested in Vocal upon seeing an advertisement on social media for the $20,000 Little Black Book challenge. That would be lifechanging money for my family, so I made my account intending to enter that contest. Life got the best of me, and parenting a toddler is crazy, so I didn't enter the contest.
Top Last-Minute Gift Picks for Mother's Day
It's Mother's Day, and for whatever reason, you are finding yourself waking up today having forgotten to grab a gift for your mom. As a daughter, I know it happens, and as a mother, I think your mom is unlikely to hold it against you! She understands that your life gets busy, that you get swamped at work, and that sometimes these special holidays and events creep up on us before we even realize it.
Move Along: 10 Essential Angsty Teen Songs of the Mid-2000's
Ah. 2006ish-2011. The golden days of high school bliss, where our biggest worry was our next AP Government test and what color we were going to force our date to purchase a matching vest in for junior prom. These were the days of laying out by the neighborhood pool, eagerly waiting for square-pizza day in the school cafeteria, and sneaking out to hang with my best friends after hours only to realize we had nowhere to go.