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 | 11 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 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…
Mar 4, 2014 by Lauren | 1 comment
I’ve been struggling with my own feelings and opinions on the subject of Woody Allen’s alleged abuse of his daughter Dylan. Like everyone else, I wondered what Cate Blanchett would (or wouldn’t) say about him when she won her inevitable Oscar. I’ve read others weighing in with their opinions, their theories, their advice. None of it has shed a single ray of light. I’m a big fan of Woody Allen’s…
Feb 12, 2013 by Lauren | 1 comment
In light of the Pope’s recent decision to step down, I have been revisiting my all-consuming rage over the Church’s conspiracy of enabling and protecting child rapists within its midst. I’ve re-read a number of articles that came out in early 2010 when a new rash of particularly disgusting threads of this hellacious quilt came to light. What strikes me today, nearly three years later, is that so little justice…