What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About–a review and other things

About a month ago, I read what was perhaps one of the most brave, honest and poignant books of the year called What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About edited by Michele Filgate. The title is long, but attractive to me nonetheless. And true to its form, it’s a collection of stories from a variety of writers about things that they’ve never discussed with … Continue reading What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About–a review and other things

How to talk to your child about death

I may be making a big assumption here, but I would say that most people’s first memory involves something pleasant—being held by someone who loves them, riding a fun ride at an amusement park, meeting a new sibling, getting a puppy, receiving toys for Christmas, riding a bike, etc. My first memory involves nothing of the sort. In fact, it involves death. Death laid next … Continue reading How to talk to your child about death

Perceptions of poverty and how to overcome it

First, let me get one thing straight. I’m not here to extend a confession as if someone is not reading, or as if I want any kind of sympathy or charity. I’m here to tell you about my experience with poverty, and how my thoughts and perceptions about poverty have evolved over the years. I’m here to tell you the truth about poverty. I’ve been poor for … Continue reading Perceptions of poverty and how to overcome it