The Longest Shortest Time

A Grief Counselor on Talking to Young Children About Death

Joseph Primo of Good Grief, Inc. answers my questions on how to talk to young children about death, whether or not they’ve actually encountered loss. Plus, his personal list of preferable vs unpreferable ways to die.

EPISODE #35: Picturing Her

When Giancarlo Roma was four years old, his sister Mary died the day she was born—an experience that he says trained him to write a book from the perspective of an elderly woman.

EPISODE #32: The Reluctant Father & His Wife

The cautionary tale of a photographer who battles his wife’s saccharine love for their daughter with ugly baby pictures.

In Andromeda

This is probably going to be a controversial topic with LST-ers, but for any of you who have ever felt betrayed by the natural/home birth movement, you must, must, must read Brenda Shaughnessy’s poem “Our Andromeda” from her book of the same title. I talked in episode 4 about feeling like I had failed at […]

Museum of Accidents

Sick of the mommy debates? Read this (very short!) book of poetry.

Doing Nothing = Something

When Sasha was six months old I enrolled her in a YMCA swim class that turned out to be taught by a woman who acted more like a high school coach than an instructor of babies. “C’mon, Sasha, kick! Lemme see those legs move!” she’d bark. When met with a stony baby stare she’d chide, […]

Heal Pelvic Pain (Without Surgery!)

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a pretty private person, and that as much as I share on this blog there is plenty about early motherhood that I keep to myself. Because so many people seem to genuinely find solace in the experiences and resources I post here, I’m going to share one of those things […]

You’re Not Welcome in This Castle

Back before Sasha’s school program started, I took her to an open house for new students. Within the first 10 minutes another little girl had torn a toy drum out of Sasha’s hands. I looked up at the girl’s dad but he didn’t seem to notice, so I tried reasoning with the girl. “Sasha was […]