Nov 10, 2016 by Lauren | 2 comments
  My daughter is seven years old and struggling to understand why her parents are so devastated by recent events. I have always tried to respect her intelligence and explain things to her as they truly are. I don’t sugarcoat things. But, try as I might, I can’t make her understand this.   I can’t explain to her that, while not every Trump voter hates women, they’re okay with his…
Nov 4, 2016 by Lauren | 10 comments
So your party went and nominated Donald Trump. I’m sorry this happened. I really am. But, to be fair, your party has been on the wrong side of history for quite some time now. Segregation, women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights, trickle down economics. Wrong position every time. Moreover, ever since Nixon, your party has been nurturing fear and hatred among the have-nots in order to swell its ranks (there…
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…
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:…
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…