The Daily B

Storytelling and Misadventures

February 20, 2019

How to be a successful writer

About twice a week someone asks me a variation of the same question: "How do you find the discipline to write?" Sometimes it's more like, "Oh, I've always wanted to be a writer! How do you do it?" The short answer is that this is my career. How...

February 20, 2019

half marathon playlist 2015

Running season is here again, which means it's time for a new half marathon playlist. This year I'm hoping to clock some faster times, so I opted for more upbeat music than in past years. Did I miss any of your favorites? Share in the comments. For...

February 20, 2019

a few thoughts on burying your goldfish

There are parenting moments you prepare for. You read books, talk with other parents, research and form opinions. Breastfeeding. Potty training. Screen time. Discipline. Helicopter vs. free-range. Even before you hold your first child, you think about these things. Then, there are other moments also common...

February 20, 2019

peach pickers

The tradition: The day after school lets out we make a trip to the peach orchard. This year, I underestimated the kids' reach and ability to pick peaches quickly. The result? In less than 30 minutes, they'd picked 29 pounds. We have a lot of work ahead...

February 20, 2019

The Patchwork Mother

I'm re-posting an essay I wrote a few years ago for Mama Moderne. It's as true today as it was then, and some recent face-to-face conversations with friends made me realize how many women have complicated relationships with their mothers, and how many have wrapped...

February 20, 2019

IKEA hack art station

Lately, the kids' art projects have been taking over the whole house. Everywhere I step, there's evidence of coloring, cutting, gluing, painting, folding. I love it. And I hate it, because it's EVERYWHERE. Marker scribbles on my desk. Scissors on my favorite vintage dresser. Crayons and...