Learning to heal from the loss of my mom, struggles with food

I’ve been writing personal essays about my mom for three and a half years now and am constantly reminded of how much I love to keep her memory alive through writing. Now, I’ve taken all of those essays and strung them together. I plan to build on the narrative so that I can eventually turnContinue reading “Learning to heal from the loss of my mom, struggles with food”

Road to Recovery Requires Time, Patience, Willingness to Share Your Story

Last winter, I heard from a volunteer at Germaine Lawrence, the all-girls residential facility where I was treated for anorexia from September 1999 to January 2000. The volunteer, named Andy, wanted to see if he could interview me for a video project he was putting together for Germaine Lawrence’s 30th anniversary gala. Of course IContinue reading “Road to Recovery Requires Time, Patience, Willingness to Share Your Story”

Cooking Challenge: Make at Least One Homemade Meal Every Week for the Next Month

As much as I’d like to think I’m someone who cooks regularly, I’m not. I want to get better at cooking, though, and take the time to make myself healthy meals. After a long day at work I usually just throw together a salad, heat up a veggie burger or make an open-faced rice cakeContinue reading “Cooking Challenge: Make at Least One Homemade Meal Every Week for the Next Month”

Stories about Motherhood, Childhood, Food & Journalism

I went through the articles I’ve posted on my Delicious page recently and realized that there are a lot of stories that have interested me lately. Not surprisingly, they have to do with journalism, moms, childhood and food — the subjects I like to write and read about the most. Here are some of theContinue reading “Stories about Motherhood, Childhood, Food & Journalism”

Personal Essay Sparks Reaction from Dad, Friends, Strangers

When I published a personal essay about my mom and food last week, I wondered what people would say — or if they’d say anything at all. To my surprise, though, the response has been overwhelming. Friends, coworkers, former teachers and strangers have commented on my blog and sent me Facebook messages, Tweets and e-mails.Continue reading “Personal Essay Sparks Reaction from Dad, Friends, Strangers”

How Losing My Mom Led Me to Neglect a Hungry Heart

Last month, I mentioned that I had begun a Poynter course on personal essay writing. My goal in the course was to write an essay about how the death of my mother has affected my relationship with food — today and in the immediate aftermath of her death. This isn’t an easy subject for me toContinue reading “How Losing My Mom Led Me to Neglect a Hungry Heart”

Pursuing the ‘Craft of the Personal Essay’

Personal essay writing has always been my saving grace. When the spoken word fails, when I have the urge to get out my feelings, when I want to preserve a memory, I write. In recent years, I’ve written a lot of personal essays that touch upon universal themes — mother-daughter relationships, loss and healing. IContinue reading “Pursuing the ‘Craft of the Personal Essay’”

Will More Nutrition Facts Help Curb Obesity? Don’t Count on It

Shortly after slathering some cream cheese on my multigrain bagel Monday morning, I opened up the St. Petersburg Times to see a cover story with the headline: “Consuming Truths.” Accompanying the story was a photo of the same type of bagel I was eating: “Dunkin’ Donuts multigrain bagel with reduced-fat cream cheese,” the caption read.Continue reading “Will More Nutrition Facts Help Curb Obesity? Don’t Count on It”

A Sunday Spent Eating Outside, Shopping at an Asian Market

Today I spent the afternoon with some friends who have a beautiful garden in their backyard. While making lunch — veggie burgers, fruit salad and crackers with hummus — we went out to the garden to get home-grown lettuce for our burgers, which we ate with fresh cilantro pesto. Yum. As we munched on lunchContinue reading “A Sunday Spent Eating Outside, Shopping at an Asian Market”