About Me

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I'm a writer-mom trying to live a simple, mindful life and mindful of how often I fail. In my first job after college I wrote constituent letters for Senator Kerry about the Cape Cod National Seashore. When I moved to New York I founded High Impact Philanthropy with my dad. Together we wrote grants that helped raise over $40 million for nonprofits, mainly in the field of minority education. I also worked as an editor for six years. After becoming a mother, I became concerned about the lack of time for kids to play, the pressures of the testing culture and the push for “college-readiness” in preschool. My blog Last American Childhood advocates for a simpler approach to child-raising and my satirical gift books Test Your Dog’s IQ  and Test Your Baby poke fun at our culture's achievement obsession. My poem “Why We March” was recently published at WritersResist and a collaborative project with the New York Botanical Gardens is upcoming from Penguin in Fall 2017.