Jul 12, 2016 by Lauren
A Mirror, a Window, and a Sliding Door
  The process of waiting for the publication date of your book has been described as “the calm before the calm.” You wait all year for the day to arrive, expecting lightning bolts and sudden changes, when really all that happens is that people are able to buy your book for real now, rather than merely pre-ordering it. Still, it feels like a special day. When I originally conceived of…
May 18, 2016 by Lauren
Interview with Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of Mitzi Tulane Preschool Detective in What's That Smell?
Q: Your illustrations capture children’s expressions so brilliantly. Do you take inspiration from any real children? Do you do research beforehand? A: Thank you for the kind words! I don’t really research expressions based on specific real-life children, but have always loved the challenge of getting across an emotion with as few lines as possible. Part of this comes from my lifelong hobby of drawing comics. When I’m having trouble…
Nov 19, 2014 by Lauren | 12 comments
Our Adoption Journey
Five and a half years ago, I received a phone call from our adoption lawyer in New York. A couple in Missouri were eight months pregnant and looking for adoptive parents for their soon-to-be-born baby girl. Eight months pregnant! We’d only just completed the paperwork. Would it be processed in time? Was this moving too quickly? Our lawyer emailed us a photograph of the birth parents with their two other…
Jun 25, 2016 by Lauren
In light of the recent Brexit vote here in the UK, I thought I’d share some lessons learned so that you, my dear American friends, can avoid making the same mistakes in the upcoming presidential election.    Words have meanings. If you’re ever in doubt as to what a word means, you can always Google it. For example, were you to Google the word “exit” you would find this definition:…
Jun 20, 2015 by Lauren | 1 comment
Dear Richard Dawkins, I love you, but you’re wrong about Tim Hunt. He’s not the victim of a “feeding frenzy of mob-rule self-righteousness.” He’s a high profile bigot who got exactly what he deserves. Why? Because sexism in science is real, it effects real women, and it’s more important than Tim Hunt’s feelings or reputation. Also, he didn’t actually apologize. An apology includes an admission of wrongdoing and an understanding…