1. 01. Stumbling Toward Optimism

    I’ve always worn my pessimism like a badge of honor. Optimism is for suckers. Read more →

  2. 02. Make It Stop: Talking to My Son About Violence

    I started writing this post last October, after the Umpqua Community College shootings, to present some pointers for talking to kids like my 10-year-old son about school shootings. But even thinking about school shootings scared me. Read more →

  3. 03. Balancing Act

    Some days, it’s difficult to balance on the thin line between achievement and failure. Read more →

  4. 04. Correction

    “That’s not true” has become my ten-year-old son’s knee-jerk refrain. He corrects every word I say. Every. Single. Word. Read more →

  5. 05. Why I’m Learning to Let My Son Correct Me on The Good Men Project

    Lately, my son questions every word out of my mouth. It’s driving me batshit. Read more →

  6. 06. Lake House

    My parents bought a vacation house in the Poconos back in the early nineties. Actually, my mother was the one who bought the house. She went out with realtors and scoured the area to find a little cabin backed by a rushing stream, with an empty lot on one side and a preserve behind it. An idyllic, private setting with a lake club and a pool club nearby.

    No one else in the family was interested. My brother, twin sister and I were young adults by then and were starting to take our own vacations. Plus, our idea of a vacation didn’t involve lakes with water snakes and silty, muddy bottoms. We were Jersey Shore kids.

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  7. 07. “Getting Rid of My Game Face” on Role Reboot

    My essay “Getting Rid of My Game Face: How I Learned That It’s Okay to Show Emotion” is up on Role Reboot. Read more →

  8. 08. New on Scary Mommy

    I’m excited that my essay “How I Learned to Release My Inner Control Freak” has been published by Scary Mommy. Read more →

  9. 09. Cry, Baby: Teaching My Son That Tears Take Courage

    My son didn’t cry on his first day of preschool; he cried on his thirtieth. Read more →

  10. 10. Thong Worthy

    Lately, I’ve been feeling a little smug about how well I’m dealing with the aging process. My encroaching wrinkles give me character. I embrace my faulty memory. And my crotchety, do-it-my-way-or-not-at-all attitude has a certain charm. Aging and I have become buddies.

    Then, the other day, I decided to wear a thong. Read more →

  11. 11. New on The Good Men Project

    I’m happy to say that my essay “Why I’m Teaching My Son That Tears Take Courage” has been published by The Good Men Project, a website focused on illuminating what it’s like to be a good man in today’s society. Read more →

  12. 12. Naming the Dragon: Telling Your Truth When It Involves Real People

    After I started getting published and my parents realized my writing wasn’t just a passing phase, my dad told my sister, “When Colette finally writes about me, ask her to be kind.”  Read more →

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