My So-Called Home Office

If you have a bed in your office, which I do--a crib, actually-- then it's not an office. I also have blocks, toy cars, a tent to play camping, a castle with two dragons, and about 700 stuffed animals. My home office, like those of so many work-at-home parents, is the hub from which I run all my many lives: worker, mother, wife, self.

My So-Called Home Office
, appearing in Metropolis, April 2011.

The Hunger of India’s Orphans

"You see the importance of giving Bibles to these children," Simon Barnes affirms, recalling a young orphan he met who was dying as a result of HIV/AIDS. "What struck me with this little girl was her incredible Christian assurance. She wasn’t frightened...she knew where she was going. She knew that Jesus loved her, and that she was going to be in heaven with him."

The Hunger of India’s Orphans
, appearing in Record, March 2011.

Recommended Reading: Receiving David

When David Knol was born fourteen weeks premature in December 1982, he was wrapped in a blanket and handed to his parents. In accordance with hospital policy at that time, no further efforts were made. Hours later, however, as David continued to fight for breath, a doctor was asked to reassess his condition.

Recommended Reading: Receiving David
, appearing in Books & Culture, November/December 2010.

Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks isn't exactly a household name, but ask any scientist who works in any capacity with cells and cell lines, and HeLa is almost as ubiquitous as oxygen. That these ubiquitous, "immortal" cells came from somewhere—specifically, from an African American woman named Henrietta Lacks—is the story of this book.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
, appearing on Books & Culture, October 2010.

What's in a Name?

Within hours of Andrea O’Reilly’s early March announcement that the Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) was going to close, the e-mails and phone calls poured in. Days later the response had spread to newspaper and radio coverage, a grassroots fundraising campaign, and international attention on the blogosphere decrying the decision.

What's in a Name?, appearing in Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, June 2010.

Review: The Meaning of (Gestating) Life

Having been pregnant and given birth three times in the past five years, I know what it means to be an avid consumer of what Ivry calls "pregnancy information." When I was expecting my firstborn, I gorged on everything from BabyCenter to the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, so I figured I was, if not Ivry's exact intended audience, close enough.

The Meaning of (Gestating) Life
, appearing in Books & Culture, May/June 2010.

There's Power in the Blood

Shannon Marchese, senior editor for fiction at WaterBrook, says that while the goal of Christian publishing isn't to emulate worldly trends, it's important to critically engage what consumers are already reading. Christian vampire fiction allows readers to experience the mythology in a new way.

There's Power in the Blood
, appearing in Christianity Today, February 2010.

A Virtual Forum for Women Writers

She Writes, a Web site established for women writers, has joined the ranks of literary social-networking utilities. Launched in June by author Kamy Wicoff, in collaboration with Deborah Siegel, She Writes aims to provide a place "where women writers working in every genre, in every part of the world, and of all ages and backgrounds, can come together in a space of mutual support."

A Virtual Forum for Women Writers, appearing in Poets & Writers, November 2009.

Black in the Media

Brain Child Fall 2009The news itself was simple: The number of single black women adopting children in the U.S. is on the rise. The way the story was reported by CNN in July? Not so simple. You might even call it downright odd.

The first twist: Even in an article focused on women and children, somehow the men still took center stage.

Black in the Media, appearing in Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, September 2009.

Air quality at schools still a concern for some

All's well that ends well? Perhaps, but despite the questionable validity of USA Today's testing methods, doubts still linger among some Phoenixville residents.

Air quality at schools still a concern for some, appearing in The Phoenix, August 2009.