who we are
February 10, 2017
Shannon, The Uuuuuuggghhhhhhh One
2. Hope failed. Drink too much on Inauguration Day.
February 8, 2017
Joanna Penn Cooper
Rattle & Pen is thrilled to welcome contributor Joanna Penn Cooper back to our site with this new essay, “Seven for Today”.
January 30, 2017
Christina, the One Whose Tunnel Has Light At The End Of It
Photo credit: Sarah Potter Photography
I never thought I'd be the one to write this. I did not see this coming. Never.
But here goes.
To quote Shannon in her excellent piece "The Seven Year Itch: Separation," "I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for seven years now. Seven years...
January 25, 2017
Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum
I'm sitting at the back of my son’s elementary school cafeteria while he waits for his turn at the mic. A few minutes ago, my son was in full meltdown.
January 4, 2017
My son was my first child-wish granted. He’s an endless granting of wishes, but I have specific hopes for him as he enters this next phase.
December 14, 2016
Rattle & Pen is a biweekly column exploring the liminal space between raising children and creating art.
I’ve been thinking this week about obsession—or, more specifically, obsession as a trait of the creative mind. This connection between creativity and...
November 30, 2016
Rattle & Pen is a biweekly column exploring the liminal space between raising children and creating art. This is a reprint of a piece originally published in 2013.
The year I went away to college my mother, who had been a nurse all of her adult life, went...
November 23, 2016
They are sieg heiling in Washington D.C. For weeks now, I have said to friends and family, I feel like a stranger in a strange land.
September 21, 2016
Making Out is a series centered on how Jess Burnquist, mother, writer, and teacher is "making out' as she processes adolescent issues amid the glare of parenthood and the shadows of nostalgia.
You know how the universe conspires sometimes to toss you a...
September 16, 2016
Hey Smarties? I see you.
I see a lot of us struggling and fighting and having a really hard time and beating ourselves up about it.
And you know what? This is hard. Parenting is HARD. And we need to give ourselves a break. We need to be kinder to ourselves. We make...
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