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Author Beth Mende Conny and husband Joe sitting in the stands at a ball field at dusk

Father’s Day and the romance of underwear

I just found this essay in one of my laptop folders. Although I wrote it a few years back, it still holds true. (FYI: Evil Child is my older daughter, Julia.) So, there we were in the kitchen, watching Hubby Joe open his Father’s Day gifts. Jenna, 17, gave him a month’s cable subscription to the Tennis Channel. Julia, 25, baked him cupcakes. I got him underwear. Julia looked at the underwear and said: “Is this […]

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Author Beth Mende Conny photographed with hand in front of face, sporting a large ring

I’m engaged

I am engaged! A startling piece of news, perhaps, coming from someone who just celebrated her 30th wedding anniversary. But true nonetheless, though not in the traditional ”I’m engaged” sense. How to explain this one? Well … I’ve been thinking lately (another startling piece of news) about the distance I create between myself and others, and how I sometimes think of people as distractions that take me away from … Hell, I don’t know. I […]

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bethville

Bethville (population 1)

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! For a time, my friend Sheree worked in my city, and sometimes she’d shoot me a text before her long commute home. Leaving Bethville. It always made me smile. It was a loving wave between friends, friends who saw each other too […]

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Image of gold, silver and bronze medals from Beijing Olympics

Potty training as spectator sport

Note: This post is from my earlier days as a parenting columnist. One day, I will hand it off to my daughters, to help them win the gold. My daughter has discovered a new spectator sport: watching Mommy go to the bathroom. So much for privacy, but I only have myself to blame. After all, I’m the one who opened the door of opportunity to her, so to speak. I did it because I thought […]

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Sailboat paper collage from "Feeling blue (not green)" by Beth Mende Conny

Feeling blue (not green)

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! Today I woke feeling blue. And I said to myself, “I feel blue.” And then, “Why blue?” Blue is the color of sea and sky and beloved denim. In the Feng Shui pantheon of colors, it’s at the top for promoting peace […]

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Image of brightly colored baby toys, from "The joys (ha!) of working at home," by Beth Mende Conny

The joys (ha!) of working at home

I wrote this piece years ago, when I was launching two careers: writer and mom. Both paid poorly and I had to share an office with someone who didn’t clean up after herself. Still I managed, even in the face of adversity, as this piece attests. I’m a mom who works at home. For those who think I’m being redundant — what mom doesn’t work at home? — let me be specific: I work for […]

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Photo of moon and first star against inky blue and orange sunset

Wishing on a star

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! I stand here in the stillness of a night not yet formed, scanning the blue for an early star, and I wish, as I’ve done since a child: Might I get my wish tonight. There’s no talk […]

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Art which says "Don't be afraid to be different. Honor Yourself. Sarah Stup"

Are your eyes listening?

I love this quote and most especially its author, Sarah Stup. Sarah is a gifted writer and one of my all-time favorite clients. She has autism and literally types to speak. And what lovely things she shares about life and love. She also writes about difficult things, like the experience of autism —  its sights and sounds, the loneliness. Of all her pieces — and I’ve read hundreds — this is one of my favorites: […]

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Ink drawing of smiling woman hugging frowning woman from behind, by Beth Mende Conny

Mother-daughter conversations

I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! I’m in Panera’s. Across from me is a mother and daughter. I’m guessing the mom’s in her sixties, the daughter in her thirties. They’re talking loud enough so I can’t concentrate on my writing but soft enough […]

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Image of colorful basket of treasures from Jenna's "Out!" Campaign, by Beth Mende Conny

Jenna’s “Out!” Campaign

Note: I wrote this piece in August, 2013, about Jenna, my youngest, a few weeks before she moved into her own apartment.  Near tears. I would be in tears, but Jenna, my youngest, will be awake soon, and little girls don’t like to see mommies cry, it throws them off, scares them. But mommies do cry, and though she is still my little girl, she’s soon to be 19. She’s home for the summer and […]

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