Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

I had a lot of cute ideas as a mom-to-be. I would draw, child on my lap, while they scrawled happily with a crayon. Truly, I would be a wonderful artist and mother. The reality, which probably should have been obvious, was that babies don’t make great studio mates. I soon fell behind on my work. It was clear we needed child care, but it was either unaffordable (a nanny) or involved a lengthy wait list (any day care in Seattle). On top of every other stressful part of parenting, navigating child care was almost more than we could handle.

During the summer, dappled sunlight transports me back in time. Here’s how.

Suddenly I’m 13 again, waiting for my mom to pick me up from swim practice

I say ‘I’m sorry’ way too much. I’m refusing to do so anymore — and I challenge other women to do the same.

Refusing to over-apologize doesn’t make women rude

I work as an art tutor for high schoolers. The way they choose to portray female bodies is deeply worrying.

It’s easy to help students with skills — but more difficult to change their perceptions of beauty