A wistful and welcoming look at life’s ordinary moments.
Here is where I explore the little things, the small moments that make up a life—and that reflect our shared humanity. In ‘seeking the story in the ordinary’—the world just beyond our front door, a long walk in late afternoon light, the first sips of a hot cup of coffee, the kindness of a stranger who lets you change lanes—I hope to call attention to the commonplace and the common strand that runs through us all. What we share is far more, and far more beautiful, than what sets us apart. We all may be a bit uncertain as we walk through this life, but it steadies us to remember we tread on common ground.
I hope you will read my words, look at my little life, see yourself there, and feel less alone. I’m glad you found me. And I hope you’ll find something of yourself in this Commonplace.
Find me elsewhere—
Brain, Child Magazine,
Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog,
The Coil Magazine,
Full Grown People,
The Huffington Post,
matchbook literary magazine,
Rise Up Review,
The Washington Post, and
I’m a mother of four, lapsed lawyer, writer, editor, and general Northeasterner. After practicing law for the better part of a decade, I stopped to spend more time with my children. Now I read and write in the crevices of my day, around the edges of a life filled with little ones and little time. I write to seek the story in the ordinary, and to take comfort in the commonality of it all—we’re all in our own homes, going about our separate, solitary lives, but maybe you’ve felt this way too? You’re out there walking alongside me, even from many miles away? Even if we’ve never met?
A Bit More About Me…
I’m a former litigator.
I’m a city girl.
Who’s now a country mouse.
I’m a people-watcher.
You can find me on my front stoop.
I bite my nails.
But I’ve been trying to stop. For 20 years.
My life doesn’t work without coffee.
Plain, black. Ok, maybe a teaspoon of sugar.
I love falling asleep to street noise.
…when I can fall asleep.
The Little Prince is my favorite book.
Who doesn’t want to be tamed?
I love everything about autumn.
My closest friends are from summer camp.
My husband is too.
I’ve been in love with R.E.M. since I was 9.
I once went on a road trip to Athens, GA to meet Michael Stipe.
I don’t enjoy cooking or eating.
I just do it to stave off hunger.
But I always miss them when they’re gone.
Wistful and irreverent.
All at once.
I love public transportation.
Except when I’m running late for a train.
I love everything about the early morning.
The peace and quiet. The possibility. The productivity. The coffee. The fact that my kids are all here. But that they’re asleep.