Publications

Wait For It To Be Over, Pidgeonholes, November 2020

Selected Personal Essays

Creative Nonfiction

 Dear Aimee Column

Elevating Disabled Voices:

advice essays for worried parents of newly-diagnosed children

Uncomfortable Revolution

                     COVID Helped Me Show My Parents I Love Them, Cognoscenti, forthcoming                       My Disabled Daughter Showed Me That None of Us Are Independent, Cognoscenti, April, 2021

What Norton Juster's 'The Phantom Tollbooth' Taught Me About This Life, Cognoscenti, March 2021

Writing A Memoir Can Be Dangerous Work. Protect Yourself! Brevity Blog, February 2021

I Found My Writing Self On Zoom, Hippocampus, January 2021

      Why I Stopped Calling Myself A Special Needs Parent, Uncomfortable Revolution, December, 2020

How to Make Your Child's Hospital Stay Easier, From a Parent Who's Been There, PopSugar Family, December, 2020

I Made My Mother-in-Law Get Tested For COVID-19 to See My Children, PopSugar Family, November, 2020

Dear Joe Biden, I'm A Disabled Kid & There Are Some Things You Should Know, (with Freyja Christian and Thora Christian), Romper, November 2020

My Disabled Daughter Isn't Your Inspiration Porn The Washington Post, January 2020

No, I'm Not An Amazing Mom Just Because My Child Has Special Needs The Washington Post, January 2020

I Never Liked New Year's Eve . . . Until My Family Started This Special Tradition, PopSugar Family, December 2019

People Told My Daughter With a Disability She Wouldn't Be Able to Do Everything She Does Today

PopSugar Family, October 2019

Instead of 'Mothering' And 'Fathering,' Let's Start To See All Of The Work As 'Parenting' The Washington Post, July 2019

My Pediatrician's Oversight Taught Me to Trust My Instincts as a Mom, PopSugar Family, July 2019

What Self-Care Looks Like For The Sandwich Generation (And It's Not What You Think) The Washington Post, May 2019

What My Daughter's Make-A-Wish Trip Taught Me About Parenting, And Myself  The Washington Post, April 2019

 

This Is What It's Like to Have a Child You Don't Know Will Make It to Adulthood, PopSugar Family, October 2018

 

A Special Needs Parent Against My Will, Learning My Own Adaptive Lesson

The New York Times, May 2015

Books (in Progress)

Karma Chameleon: An Adopted Daughter's Search for Identity

Karma Chameleon: An Adopted Daughter’s Search for Home (full draft)

I was surrendered at birth and adopted via a closed adoption six months later by a couple who were taught to keep my adoption a “family secret.” Despite that, I am the only adoptee I know who met both of her biological parents by chance and developed loving relationships with each of them before they died. Not that that was easy...

 

Alice Has The Upper Hand (full draft)

Alice is almost a regular eleven-year-old, but there are two things about her that are very unusual. One is that she hates potato chips. Seriously, she hates them! The other is that she was born with three arms! When Alice is faced with a difficult decision, she must question what it means to be a regular kid.

Diversity in children’s books is slowly becoming more reflective of today’s culture but there is still a tremendous gap where there should be quality books about disability. A quick online search shows that while in the US  10% of the population has some kind of disability, perhaps no group has been as overlooked and inaccurately represented in children's books. My disabled daughter needed a protagonist like Alice, so I created one for her and for all children everywhere.