It’s a Struggle to Love This America

I wasn’t planning on posting this week – forgive any spelling errors as I am on my phone – because I’m on vacation and for once had this crazy idea that I would actually take a vacation and not attempt productivity. Not to mention that I don’t actually have a paying job so… While IContinue reading “It’s a Struggle to Love This America”

Stop Trying to Control Chaos and Other Things I Haven’t Mastered

There’s currently painter’s tape circling my downstairs as a makeshift parade route. Solo cups stacked like castles in my dining room. Barbies and cars and trucks and legos and Easter eggs (long story) strewn about the house planning a coordinated campaign on unsuspecting adult feet (how do children ALWAYS avoid stepping on them?!). My houseContinue reading “Stop Trying to Control Chaos and Other Things I Haven’t Mastered”

I Have No Plan

Does anyone else feel like they are performing “having their shit together” for others? There’s this interesting compulsion when you are no longer working to present a clear path forward, no matter your financial situation (Or maybe this is just a type-A, first-born Capricorn thing that I should explore in therapy). Since parting ways withContinue reading “I Have No Plan”

Hi, My Name’s Meredith and I’m an Alcoholic

(This article was originally published on another site on my 7 year soberversary. It was difficult to reexamine this piece given the context of when I wrote the first version and where I thought I may be now. But it was important for me that this lived somewhere else. Somewhere that I owned. I’ve madeContinue reading “Hi, My Name’s Meredith and I’m an Alcoholic”

How Does One Parent In This America?

I debated even blogging about the recent mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. If I wrote about every mass shooting that happens in this country it would become a daily exercise that isn’t healthy for my mental well-being or others. But how does one decide which mass shootings to write about and whichContinue reading “How Does One Parent In This America?”

We Don’t Talk About Finances (No, No, No)

Confession: I’m 34-years-old and afraid to look at my bank account. No matter what the amount is, I seize up with fear that we are one step away from bankruptcy. It’s near panic-inducing. I’ve attempted budgeting before, but I can’t make an excel spreadsheet with formulas for shit and eventually give up. It’s a cycleContinue reading “We Don’t Talk About Finances (No, No, No)”

I Believe Meghan

I don’t need to watch the Harry + Meghan interview to understand some of the reactions I’ve seen online (although I plan on it). “I never liked Meghan.” Oh really? You have that strong of an opinion on (checks notes) her cable television show Suits? “Diana was sweet, Meghan is manipulative.” Hmm wonder where thatContinue reading “I Believe Meghan”

Introducing Your Kids to Hanukkah

A few years ago I was in a grocery store and realized there was no section for Passover. Aisles and aisles dedicated to Easter, but no Passover. It’s something I had become sensitive to since moving down south; the assumption that everyone is Christian. And, in their defense, most are where I live. I grewContinue reading “Introducing Your Kids to Hanukkah”

Be Careful What You Tweet

My motto for raising children is simple: Don’t raise assholes. I guess you could say my parenting philosophy is, “raise child who are caring, race-conscious problem solvers who understand that inequality hurts us all and are willing to put their comfort aside to help others in the pursuit of actual liberty and justice for all.”Continue reading “Be Careful What You Tweet”

My Little Vegetarian

I knew this day would come. The day when my seven-year-old, V, asked that daunting question. No, it wasn’t, “Is Santa real?” We went through that a few months ago when the practical elements of one man delivering presents all over the world didn’t make sense to my very practical child. No it wasn’t even,Continue reading “My Little Vegetarian”