Essays

What we mean when we say we miss newsrooms
Essays

What we mean when we say we miss newsrooms

If my former newsrooms were people I would be attending many funerals. 2,500 newspapers in the United States have closed since 2005. The country will lose one-third of its newspapers by 2025.

Isabel and I pose in front of Ruby, the red Volvo, before our first cross-country drive from Alabama to Los Angeles, July, 2015.
Essays

Shifting gears: Teaching my autistic daughter to drive

I can tell you the day I discovered freedom because I remember every intoxicating detail of the moment I drove alone for the first time after getting my driver’s license. Now, in what seems like a single heartbeat of time, my daughter is learning to drive.

The first time I held my daughter, hours after she was born, I was getting blood transfusions.
Opinions

The Alabama Mothers We Lost in 2018

The first time I held my daughter, hours after she was born, I was getting blood transfusions. If anyone wants to know what it feels like to bleed to death,…
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Here’s to you, YouTube

This article was originally published on December 15, 2015 on Quill, a magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists. Educators use YouTube for education videos (think Kahn Academy), and media…