Maybe two or three weeks after Renn was born, Maria stopped by with some lactation cookies she’d made. She said: “they are full of GALACTAGOGUES!” I thought: no way is that a real word. But if it is, it means something about spaceships, so these will be exciting cookies. I was right–they were exciting cookies–and also … More Intergalactic Mamammary!
I am so curious how many people without children or experience with childbirth have any idea what the hell a placenta is or does. I certainly had no clue–I knew the term “afterbirth,” which I think I associated with novels set on the plains before statehood, as likely to feature animal births as human ones. … More And Eating It, Too
Hey, so, we totally have a baby! She’s an overwhelmingly delightful person. Her name is Sirenna Winchester Audre Norris*, and we call her Renn. I will not be posting frequent pictures on facebook, because it’s just not my way. I do TAKE like 1000 pictures a day, so what I am going to try and … More UTERus?!…I just MET us!
Hello! It’s me, still! You know, I think in the face of just the political world being complete trash, I would still have written regularly. I think in the face of just being all pregnant, I might still have written regularly. But the two combined? Please. So here we are today: The House passed their death bill, and I … More Just a Little Loof
Hello, beautiful boot-wearers!* So I hope you have had a nice week trying to hold in your mind things like “now there is an EO designed to ban Muslims**” AND “now the congressional switchboards are melting, because the most ever people are like ‘no the fuck thank you.’” Both at once. Everything at once. To get my boots … More Help Me Get These Boots On: February 4, 2017
I mean… I just figured you would want to know! I wrote this post for Ed Week about one way schools can approach this political transition. I was asked to by my actual work, which was super meaningful for me. It was written before these insane EOs, but I hope the reader will offer it grace … More Quick Bonus: Me in Ed Week!
Usually-more-curmudgeonly Doug Henwood wrote this yesterday: “Some of these left critiques of today’s marches are bumming me out. Yes the overall tone was liberal [NB from SB: he means this critically, and as opposed to socialism, rather than conservativism] and yes an episodic march or two means nothing without long-term organizing. That’s obvious. But the new … More Quick Bonus! Me Huff Post-ing
I’ve been ready for a new title for this for a while. I still need help not being such as ass, as I believe we all do, but that’s not been what’s guided my media choices for a while… probably since the personal trauma of the spring, and certainly now in this zenith of white supremacist … More Help Me Get These Boots On: January 21, 2017
Some of the best word adventures are those in which I discover that a word I thought I knew contains mysteries untold, or in which I find that sets of words I was certain were connected etymologically just aren’t. This has both, and it’s a word that is so everywhere I can’t even believe it’s … More 21 Weeks Full of Meaning
It’s not the case that I feel unable to do all normal things since the election, but I have experienced confusion in doing normal things that are meaningful to me, including writing. Lidia Yuknavitch said recently “Writing is just a different way to march.” I believe that. And, some writing I can do would be like … More Handing Us Over