Lisa Marchiano, Jungian psychoanalyst and author of ‘Motherhood: Facing and Finding Yourself,’ on fairy tales, maternal rage, and more

Mary Cassatt, The Bath, 1891; Soft-ground etching with aquatint and drypoint on paper, 12 3/8 x 9 5/8 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Have we made so room for the struggles that there’s less space for our contentment?

Mary Cassatt, Mother’s Kiss, 1890–1891; Drypoint and aquatint on paper, 13 3/4 x 9 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of John and Linda Comstock in loving memory of Abigail Pearson Van Vleck; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Whatever it takes, you know?

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They seem like they’re having more fun, don’t they?

Photo by Kevin Hackert on Unsplash

Do your finger exercises, play your scales

In praise of narrative optimism, a term I just made up.

Photo by Josh Felise on Unsplash

Perfectionists, this one’s for you.

Dictation in the 1890s looked like this.

On writing with children when you’re not a morning person by nature

Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945, LIFE Magazine

Trouble is, I’m not the one who can give it

Illustration: Save As/Medium. Source: Unsplash.

The bittersweet redemption of Vashti Bunyan

Vashti Bunyan’s record Just Another Diamond Day

Intrusions, collaboration, and a writing prompt-permission slip to help move from frustration to iteration.

Lesser Ury, Woman at Writing Desk, 1898

Sarah McColl

author of JOY ENOUGH, writer of a newsletter LOST ART

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