The Longest Shortest Time

Must-Reads: For the Mom Who Wants Her Sex Life Back

A postpartum sex educator gives us her top reads for moms who are ready to get it on again.

EPISODE #41: How to Be a Pregnant Butch

Artist A.K. Summers on her fabulous graphic memoir Pregnant Butch, and what it’s like to try to look tough and masculine while your body is growing a baby.

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, […]