Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life

“This is the book we needed when we entered graduate school and the academic job market. We wanted to know that blending family life with life in the ivory tower might be possible; we needed to know that others were attempting this tricky balancing act.”

“All those sleepless nights and dirty diapers and baby food in your hair—where’s the discursive construction of motherhood when you need it? It’s here, in these smart, funny, poignant essays that struggle to balance mind and body, to balance body and soul.” ~Catherine Newman, author of Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family

“This is a charming, heartfelt book that expresses the difficulties and the joys of combining a life in academia with motherhood. Each story is different, but the experiences and challenges are widely shared.” ~Mary Ann Mason, author of Mothers on the Fast Track: How a New Generation Can Balance Families and Careers

Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life, co-edited with Caroline Grant,
Rutgers University Press, 2008
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This Crowded Night

An unknown name, a faraway place, a forgotten voice. The stories of the women in the New Testament are barely fragments, yet once they were as rich and full as the lives of the women who lived them.

Although their voices have been stilled for millennia, their stories are still our stories, their hopes and dreams and fears our own. Love, lust, frustration and anger, fear and shame and faith…all play out against the backdrop of a world where women’s voices, women’s lives, were constantly denigrated.

A cripple who fears her sins have brought about her paralysis. A teenage girl living on the streets. A mother who only has eyes for her son, a woman whose lover is not her husband. Their stories and others show us the world of these women through their own eyes, as each one ultimately has her life changed—for better or worse—through an encounter with Christ.

This Crowded NightDreamSeeker Books, an imprint of Cascadia Publishing House.

The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage

“I drive in slow circles around open fields where George Washington’s men once camped. No battles were ever fought here: The place is significant simply because Washington’s men survived the winter. I think about my own battles with food, and now my daughter’s. I wonder if she will survive her own winter.”

“One Bite at a Time,” anthologized in The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage, Roost Books, 2013

How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel

“Over the span of a four-hour car trip, my husband can sing the so-called “ABCB Spider” song exactly 488 times. Figuring it takes twenty three seconds to sing one round of the Spider, approximately one and a half seconds for a two-year-old to say ‘ABCB Spider again?’ and four seconds for my husband to sigh, roll his eyes, and resume singing, that works out to four hundred and eighty eight times over the span of two hundred and forty minutes. I should know. I did the math. I also took the trip.”

“Traveling Songs,” anthologized in How to Fit a Car Seat on a CamelSeal Press, 2008

Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers

“My life has become a series of moments, an odd amalgamation of dirty dishes and thesis research, dirty laundry and comprehensive bibliographies. Added in to this already complicated mix, my daughter now serves as the connective tissue linking fragments together as my time is separated and divided, measured and spaced, by her constant needs.”

“My Little Comma,” anthologized in Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers, Random House, 2006