Lissa is a writer and nanny who lives in Oakland, California.
My Dog Doesn't Just Inspire Me, She's Inspired History
My dog Willow has served as a constant companion and inspiration for my partner Jon and me since we adopted her from the SPCA in 2018. We both work day jobs while writing on the side, so it’s important for us to have such a kindhearted, gentle companion by our sides, both friend and muse.
I Am Good Dog, I Deserve All Treats and Accolades
Hello, I am Willow, a very good dog. Best dog, really. Other dogs, not so much. I’ve sniffed them and I know. I am better dog than rest. I deserve to be EmPAWyee of month. Here is why:
It’s Not Just Reese: What to Watch If You Prefer Books
Every reader has said it countless times after watching a movie: THE BOOK WAS BETTER. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Lord of the Rings? The books were better, don’t even kid yourself. Somehow watching magic (or magic masquerading as technology) onscreen made everything less magical.
The Lazy Vegan’s Party Treat
I’ve been vegan since 2012 and, at this point, I’ve heard all your dumb jokes, rude comments, and misdirected defensiveness about it, so let’s both shut up for a minute and enjoy some hella good Crispy Chocolatey Sunflower Tahini Bars.
A Week of Babysitting
A Week of Babysitting A Week of Babysitting “You’re purple today,” the girl says. Her unicorn leggings
A Brief History of Canine Bravery For My Scaredy-Dog
My poor dog Willow is nudging me, whining. She’s shaking with fright. She’s pressing her chin on my leg, begging me to fix the big, scary world for her.
Everything You Know About Diabetes Is (Probably) Wrong
It happens in movies and on TV all the time. A bad guy detains a group of innocent people. “You can’t keep us here!” someone declares. “My daughter is a diabetic! She needs her insulin!”
The Last Wild Fish
I learned about the hunt after most folks because I don’t keep a mobile device fired up. But I do have sense enough to spend some precious electricity each week to learn what’s happening on the grid, after what not knowing cost my parents. Gotta keep a side-eye on the wider world, since it’s so determined to destroy itself, and me along with it.