Seven years ago, when she’d nearly set aside her decades-long love for writing short stories, Samantha started writing emails to her siblings, regaling them with tales from the parenting trenches. Her siblings began forwarding these stories around to friends and other family members before finally convincing Samantha she should start writing a blog. So, she did. This switch to nonfiction writing put the rails up on her storytelling, allowing her to focus on details rather than structure, and off she went.
Samantha’s writing on parenting and relationships has since appeared in a number of publications.
She blends anecdotes with humor and insight, drawing on her own experiences to create a kind of thinking art, reflecting this often ridiculous, sometimes painful, and ever joyful life.
In addition to her essays, she is working on a memoir about matriarchy, identity, and growing up in a complex, blended family.
Her work is linked below.
The Washington Post:
I’m A Mother. But My Emotional Labor Is Not Free for the Taking / How Do You Keep A Family Together Through Divorce? / Here’s How I Helped My Tween Cope with Fear / I’m a Mom, But Sometimes My Mother Still Knows What’s Best / This Summer, My Kids Are Going to Mom Camp / The Search for Post-Baby Identity / Becoming Me, Through Heartache / When the Youngest Child Becomes the Middle Child / When One Parent Travels / Bringing on the Babysitters / I’m a Mom, the PTA President, and Pro Legalization / The Transgender Quandary That Wasn’t / My Husband and I Had No Time for Each Other, So We Created It / Letting Imagination Win / When Sisters Become Mothers
The Village Life Series for the Washington Post:
- Embracing the Village Model, At Least Temporarily
- The Village Life, Part I
- The Village Life, Part II: Specializing by Moment
- The Village Life, Part III: Sending My Daughter to Camp, But Not Alone
- Packing Up the Village, Saying Goodbye
The New York Times:
Making Toffee at the Holidays with the Woman I Never Knew / Housewife (Poem) / Finding My Creative Work-Life Balance in A Taco / After Divorce, When A Fish Is Not Just A Fish / Learning How to Parent Together, After the Marriage is Over / At the End of A Family’s Difficult Year: Gratitude
Quail Bell Magazine:
Teaching Children to Carry On, Through Grief / In An Age of Mean Girls, These Girls Started Heart Company Instead / In the Midst of Your Own Struggles, Charitable Giving Can Help / When Number Three Becomes the Only One, for Now / When A Game of Catch Becomes A Conversation Between Mother and Son