The language-based microaggressions that keep women silent

After disappearing from the news cycle for a stretch, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford posted a thank-you message on her GoFundMe page last week. She detailed the way she’s used donated funds to help protect her family and what she’s planning to do with any remaining funds once the security measures are no longer needed. I felt touched to read her message and always welcome her brave voice. …


I must begin by fully admitting that I have been resistant at every turn when it comes to “growing my platform.” Even that phrase makes me a bit cringy. I mean, it’s what I do and have done in small spurts for years, but never really with that intention in mind.

Why the resistance? Oh, there are several reasons:

  • It feels like a lot of “out there” energy to spend.


My husband and I are considering sending our kids back to face-to-face school.

My husband and I are considering sending our kids back to face-to-face school.

There’s a part of me that can’t believe I’m even typing that sentence. That I’m even thinking that sentence.

It’s causing me a lot of strife.

The decision to pull our kids out of their regular school and homeschool them for the year was a huge decision. One we spent a lot of time thinking through and discussing, especially when it became clear that my main freelance client was going to be consistent, and that my workload was going to continue to be larger than might be…


I feel like I’m drowning. Daily.

On the surface it doesn’t make sense. I’m a writer and editor. I worked from home (mostly) before the pandemic hit. So shifting to an entirely remote work schedule wasn’t a stretch, wasn’t a new skill to acquire and learn.

I’m also an introvert who prefers to be at home more often than not. “Shelter-in-place” sounds like a cozy invitation to snuggle up on the couch with a book and call it a day.

When it comes to our financial situation, well, it’s always been a ride of uncertainty. My husband and I are…


It hit this past Sunday morning. We were parked just north of Grand Haven State Park, looking out over Lake Michigan.

Our son had been asking to get donuts for days. The kids hadn’t left the house in nearly a week (meaning our house + yard; I do make them go outside daily), so we decided to load everyone in the car and head to Tim Hortons.

This is not a light, easy decision. Restaurants in Michigan have been closed down to eat-in clientele since March 16th, although food was still available via take-out and drive-through. Which feels convenient, and…


The memes around COVID-19 are everywhere. Some to elicit a laugh (thank you). Others about mental health resources (extra big thank you). But in the last few days, I’ve seen one making the rounds that says, “Introverts, please put down your book and check on your extrovert friends: They are not okay.”

I get it. I have many extroverted friends who are chomping at the bit being stuck in their homes, no future out-of-the-house social plans in sight. They’re getting creative: Virtual happy hours, virtual house concerts, virtual ladies night. But still. …


Imposter Syndrome

Who am I to write this? Most writers, at one point or another, feel like a fake on some level. How can we kick these feelings of inadequacy to the curb? This month, on the & then write podcast, I covered some strategies for minimizing the effects of imposter syndrome.

Imposter syndrome. What is it?

An article in the Harvard Business Review, Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, by Gill Corkendale, offers this explanation:

“Imposter syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. ‘Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that…


Let’s do this first: Let’s throw the term self-care out the window. I know, I know. It’s the preferred nomenclature at the moment, but it’s overused and at this point it’s also missing the mark.

Why? Self-care tends to imply that there is simply a box, a to do we can add to our list that can later be tidily checked off. See? Self-care done. What’s next?

And that’s the crux of the problem. Taking care of ourselves isn’t a one-and-done process. It’s not a, “whew, got that checked off the list — I’m good!” moment. And let’s get super…


This month’s & then write podcast episode — “Using Words to Make a Difference” — has struck a chord, with me and listeners.

Guest Reverend Diana McLean joined me this month to discuss the intersection of social justice and spirituality in her writing practice — it’s such a good episode. As a mega-introvert, I’ve long been inspired by writers who have taken their work off the page and into the world, who’ve put their bodies on the line to show up for causes they believe in, who offer a voice for the voiceless. …


Exploring Writing Challenges

This month I (along with my writing group) am participating in National Novel Writing Month — NaNoWriMo for short. What’s NaNoWriMo? It’s a writing challenge that happens every November. The goal is to write a 50,000 word (or more) novel in the month of November — that amounts to writing a minimum of 1,667 words per day.

For this go-round, I am generating content for the nonfiction manuscript I’m working on, still with the goal of writing 50,000 words during the month of November. For me, it’s daunting, exciting, and a tad dizzying.

NaNoWriMo is a polarizing writing challenge, for…

Stacy Walsh

Writer | Editor | Book coach | Lover of yarn — and host of the & then write podcast: andthenwrite.com

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