Author Archives: Rosalynn

Reading Like a Mother

…is the name of my new blog, which is about—yes, you guessed it—what I’m reading these days, and how. I do hope you’ll drop in sometime when you’re done catching up with the New Quarterly crew here. The blog isn’t the only writing I’m doing these days, either. Several months ago, I read this essay [...]

Bedtime Stories

Before she was born, I often daydreamed about afternoons spent cuddling with my daughter on the couch and reading her stories. Thus far, this is one of many (oh, so many) such dreams that reality has not borne out. In the daytime, unless she’s super tired or under the weather, Chelsea is way too busy [...]

Uneasy Answers

As my erstwhile colleagues can attest, I don’t like to talk to strangers. I am the person who wears headphones on the bus, sometimes even if my ipod is dead, just to avoid any unnecessary small talk. That’s how shy I am.  Er, how shy I was, I guess. Now when I’m out, I usually [...]

Baby Talk

At the time of this writing, my daughter is three months old and I still don’t really speak ‘baby’. I mean, we’re communicating better now in the sense that I’m getting a better handle on her various cries and gestures, so I’m meeting her needs and wants faster than I did at the outset—but I [...]

A Belated Announcement…

of the arrival of my little one, who was herself quite fashionably late. Chelsea Alexandra Tyo was born January 6, 2011, at 4:21 pm, a very healthy 6 lbs and 15 oz.  In the top picture she is one day old; in the bottom one she is one week. I am finally (though I’m sure, [...]

Into The Eye (and safely out again) with Kerry Clare

Many moons before I took off on maternity leave, I had the pleasure of talking to Kerry Clare about her essay, “Love is a Let-Down: Some Lessons from the Storm of New Motherhood”, one of two runners-up in our inaugural Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest: About the subject of your essay, new motherhood, you write: [...]


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