• Why Women (“Kiddos”) Like Jill Biden (and Me) Are Told to Lose the Dr. Title

    I’m a doctor in the same way that Jill Biden is a doctor.  In other words, yes, I am actually a real doctor. Like Dr. Biden, I have a doctorate in education. Also, like Dr. Biden, I earned my degree after years of teaching experience and years of doctoral study, as a married, midlife woman […]

  • Clean Hands Save Lives

    In her guest post, Autumn Purdy writes: “Since the pandemic hit, I’ve had nightmares.” What are you dreaming about?

  • I Am Not Writing

    A personal essay by Amy Dillon about all the things she is doing during this pandemic. She is not writing.

  • The Case for Becoming a Quarantine Knitter

    I began knitting in college.  This was in the mid 80’s, before knitting became cool and funky. Knitting was for grandmothers, but I was drawn to the soothing presence of knitters in my dorm who remained calm during even the most heated floor meetings.  They sat there, smiling benevolently while clicking away on their needles, […]

  • If It’s Not Too Late

    As a child I would lay in my bed and imagine strange men knocking the door down, dragging my family into the street, murdering us under the streetlamp. I was afraid of this, but not in the way I fear spiders that dropped silent on their threads in my basement bedroom, or the sound of […]

  • How to Stay Friends For the “Long Haul”: A Review of BIG FRIENDSHIP

    BIG FRIENDSHIP: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. A review by Nina Badzin. As a friendship advice columnist and a longtime listener of the popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend (“a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere”) co-hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, I was eager to read Big Friendship […]