Hi there! I'm a freelance writer, and my articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Slate, The Week, Quartz, Pacific Standard, Real Simple, and other publications. I write about poverty, health care, parenthood, behavioral economics, and more.
Right below are some of my favorite or most popular pieces; below that, you’ll find links to the rest of my stories, including my newest work. Thanks for stopping by! :)
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Why It's So Hard to Give—and Receive—Charity, Even During the Holiday Season - QuartzIt isn't as easy as it looks.
Six Things Most Americans Don't Understand About Poverty (But I Didn't, Either) - SalonDebunking the Ramen-Noodle Fallacy, the Happy Meal Myth, the Magic Belt, and other fairy tales we tell ourselves about poverty.
Behavioral Economics Has a Plan to Fight Poverty—and It's All About Redesigning the Cockpit - QuartzWhat military pilots, ice cream, emergency-room doctors, and the design of your stove can teach us about fighting poverty.
How Can You Tell If Someone Is Kind? Ask How Rich They Are - The Washington PostThe psychology of generosity, as per BMW drivers, candy jar thieves, and a former waitress.
So, What'll We Tell the Kids About God? - SojournersHow do you answer a kid's profound questions when you're not sure of the answers yourself?
How to Raise Kinder, Less-Entitled Kids (According to Science) - The Washington PostWhat bad drivers and chocolate-chip pancakes can teach us about raising a good kid. This 30-Second Conversation Before the Holidays Could Save Your Child's Life - Scary Mommy"We had watched stories like this on the news and said, 'Oh, isn't that a shame, that poor family,'" she said. "But it can happen to you. It happened to us."
Common-Sense Gun Reform: Even the NRA Could Back This - SalonSeven things we really can agree on (so let's get started).
Leslie Roberts is the Answer to the Prayers of Millions of Americans. So Why Does She Make Only $9.50 an Hour? - Alternet"We love what we do. We just need enough money to take care of our families ... so we can take good care of yours."
One Little Reason... and It's More Than Enough - Daily Kos One little girl offers all the persuasion I need.The Reprieve - MamalodeStinky roller skates, One Direction, and a mini-miracle.
———— LATEST STORIES (newest first) ————America’s Fastest-Growing Jobs Don’t Pay a Living Wage - The Week The alarmingly bright future of an American caste system.
This Retiree Has Driven 64,000 Miles Taking Low-Income Students to College - The Washington Post
PTO Fundraising Benefits Schools With Rich Families the Most. In Some Districts, Parents Are Sharing the Wealth - Slate
How to Not Melt the Couch, and Other Life Skills to Teach Your Kids This Summer - The Washington Post
Almost Half of the Pregnancies in the U.S. are Unplanned. There’s a Surprisingly Easy Way to Change That - The Washington Post
Beware the Child Care Cliff - Slate
Why It Costs So Much To Be Poor in America - The Washington Post
The ACA Brought Health Care to Kids in Rural Trump Country—Will the GOP Take It Away? - Slate
To Fight Poverty, Think Small - The Washington Post
The Last One in the Race - Scary Mommy