Towards a Manifesto of Feminist Homemaking, Part 1

If you had told me 6 years ago that today I would be writing about the dignity of homemaking, I probably would have spit beer out my nose. Homemaking was the furthest thing from my mind, filled as it was with the dissertation I was writing on war literature and trauma. Homemaking and dignity, inContinue reading “Towards a Manifesto of Feminist Homemaking, Part 1”

A Spirituality of Backpacking with Children, or, the Mechanics of Potty-Training in the Woods

    When my husband called at noon, I was just about to pack our backpacks with the gear and food I had divvied up for the two of us. But, when I heard his tone, it was clear he wouldn’t be able to make the trip we’d planned to Lost Maples Natural Area toContinue reading “A Spirituality of Backpacking with Children, or, the Mechanics of Potty-Training in the Woods”

What to Say to a Mom

  I’ve had the experience, too, so don’t feel bad. You know, when you’re mingling at some social function, and you ask a woman what she does and she says, “I’m a stay at home mom,” or some variation on that theme, and your mind screeches to a halt.   It’s actually perfectly understandable, whenContinue reading “What to Say to a Mom”

Working Women and the Work of Women

  Why is that the truth of my work as a mother always feels like it disparages the work of another mother?   Ever since I began staying with my kids full-time, I started calling myself a full-time mother. I used “full-time mother” to describe what I do, because it puts the work I’m doingContinue reading “Working Women and the Work of Women”