Categories
Perspectives

Shuffle: The Soundtrack of Grief

“Think of Me” I remember coming home from school when I was seven. My mother would be at work by then. She would leave the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack playing on repeat and it would always be playing when I came home and walked into the living room. It felt as if she was […]

Categories
Pop Culture

Boob Tube Guru: How Gilmore Girls Helped Me Appreciate My Mother

Television is sometimes not the best medium for portraying real life. Sure, we have shows like Breaking Bad and The Wire, whose gritty portrayals of both the meth business and the dark underbelly of Baltimore law enforcement and crime respectively are probably close to reality, but those are worlds most of us will never walk […]

Categories
Bodies

In Honor Of Mother’s Day: Taking A Break From The Guilt/Blame Cycle

Recently, I was interviewed for an article about HAES(SM), and the interviewer asked, “What was your earliest experience with dieting?” I felt a little funny telling her that I did my first diet when I was 4 years old. Even though I include that fact in my biography, and I hear similar stories all day […]

Categories
Perspectives

Happy Mother’s Day, from Your Estranged Daughter

Mother’s Day is difficult for me. I was homeschooled until the second half of 8th grade, something that would never have been possible had my well-educated mother not been willing to spend all day, every day with me and my younger brothers. She drove us everywhere, said “yes” nearly every time I asked to have […]

Categories
Movies

Movie Nights: Because I Said So

Mother/daughter relationships, the stuff of legend. This week’s movie of choice is Because I Said So, the mantra of mothers everywhere. Also because I love Mandy Moore as an actress; so let’s begin shall we.