Articles: Is It Healthier to Eat Your Vegetables Before Your Carbs?

It’s a popular internet health hack: Eat foods in the “right” order — vegetables first, proteins and fats second, carbohydrates last — and you’ll significantly reduce your resulting spike in blood sugar, which can therefore…

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Articles: Can Certain Foods Really Reduce Your Risk of Cancer?

On average, more than one in three people in the United States will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. And many of those cases, they say, can…

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Articles: Talking to kids about food waste

Like many working parents, Sophie Jones is pressed for time—especially when it comes to cooking for her family. “I love going to the store to pick out a rainbow of vegetables for a new recipe,”…

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Articles: How to Feel Like You Have More Free Time Even If You Don’t

You might think that if you had more hours in a day—or you could magically clone yourself Multiplicity-style—you’d feel more satisfied with your life. Maybe you’d sign up to run your first 5K, end your…

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Essay: How an Old Blog Pulled Me Out of My Writing Slump

The first time I wrote a blog post in 2011, I had to laugh. Me? A business person with no writing credentials starting a blog? What was I thinking? I was thinking that since my…

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Essay: This Protein Bar Literally Tastes Like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

In fourth grade, I made a giant 3-D replica of my favorite candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I can’t remember the point of the assignment, but I’ll never forget bursting through the classroom door with…

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Essay: Three Seasons in a Shared Bed

Six days after my wedding, my mother received a diagnosis of Stage 4 lung cancer. I paused my new marriage to care for her. When we found an open clinical trial, my mother and I…

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Essay: In her last days, my mother built a bridge to the grandchild she’d never meet

My mom was a master gardener. When she saw a stranger with hedge trimmers in her berm of swaying lilies and perky cone flowers, she had reason to worry. She stared at me with her…

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Essay: My Daughter Convinced Me to Host a Backyard “Restaurant” in the Middle of a Pandemic

For two years, my 6-year-old daughter Ruby has begged us to open a “restaurant” in our backyard. Before the pandemic, I would take 30 seconds to explain why we couldn’t do it, then I’d redirect…

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Interview: Dismantling the Patriarchy by Reclaiming Her Voice

Reading, I found myself at first nodding with recognition and then, more than once, shouting yes as Bassist launched into another enlightening polemic about how women are called emotional or insane or vindictive or hormonal…

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Articles: Why Bicycling Might Keep Kids’ Mental Health in High Gear

Science has repeatedly proven that physical activity contributes to improved mental health. “Exercise, no matter your age, is the single best thing you can do for every organ in your body, including your brain,” says…

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Essay: Tetris Helps My Stress and Anxiety Fall Away

UNTIL LAST WINTER, I hadn’t played video games since my parents let me combine allowance and birthday money to buy an original Nintendo Entertainment System, the old 8-bit home video game console with two buttons…

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Articles: How to Make Your Days Off Feel Like a True Break

Take a minute to recall your last vacation. Maybe you jetted off to an exotic seaside location and awoke to the sound of crashing waves or snuggled up in front of a fireplace at an…

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Essays: How to Feel Less Depleted by the End of the Workweek

In my previous job as a strategy consultant, I felt lucky when I managed to sleep more than four or five hours a night. During the workday, I subsisted on our office stash of espresso…

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Articles: Is it Time for a Digital Detox?

Punam and Ornob Roy’s two children were on a strict digital diet in spring 2020. Their son, Ishan, 7 at the time, was in first grade; their daughter, Mila, was 5 and in preschool. Neither…

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Essay: How Tech Actually Helped My Marriage

During the first year-ish of the pandemic, I counted down the minutes until I could crash into bed. But every night, as depleted as I felt, I stayed awake to indulge in a guilty pleasure…

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Podcast: Laughter Cannot Be Outgrown (on the 6-Minute Stories Podcast)

A daughter understands how to find her mother, again.

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Humor: I Am a Mom Who Hates Adventure and I Have a Bone to Pick With You, Our Family’s Zipline Tour Guide

Chet, was it? Hi, Chet. When my three children and I saw your misleading billboard — “Family Fun: Ziplining Adventure 5 Miles Ahead!” — we were strapped into seat belts inside a Chevrolet with air…

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Essay: How to Get Mental Health Support – On Social Media

I have emetophobia, an extreme fear of vomit. I kept this secret from almost everyone. When I tried to explain to close friends, they typically replied, “I hear you; I can’t stand vomit,” having no…

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Essay: What to Do if a Young Child Expresses Dark Thoughts

When parents accept their child’s reality and seek help, they can steer them toward a healthier place, which can help prevent dark feelings from bubbling up later on. “Young children’s brains are much more influenceable,”…

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Essay: How Humor and Essays Became Timeshare Partners in My Brain

My first draft of an essay about losing my mom to cancer was a doozy. An overabundance of adverbs wasn’t even my biggest problem. I was going for “personal essay,” but landed squarely on “journal…

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Essay: The Quiet Shame of Parenting with a Fear of Vomiting

When my kids were 4 and 2, we drove to the mountains in North Carolina to share a cabin with friends for a weekend. The first thing I noticed when they arrived was how pale…

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Essay: Learning to Love Again

My parents were married for 40 years. As a kid, I watched them fold their arms around each other every night after my dad got home from work. I thought of them like a clam:…

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Essay: It’s Nothing Personal: How Essays Make Secrets Seem Silly

When I published an essay recently about my lifelong struggle with emetophobia, the clinical fear of vomit, my dad sent me a text message: “Wow! I’m surprised you’re willing to publish something so personal.”

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ARTICLES

Is it Healthier to Eat Your Vegetables Before Your Carbs? (The New York Times, 2024)

Can Certain Foods Really Reduce Your Cancer Risk? (The New York Times, 2023)

How to Feel Like You Have More Free Time Even If You Don't (SELF Magazine, 2022)

Interview with Elissa Bassist: Dismantling the Patriarchy by Reclaiming Her Voice (Creative Nonfiction, 2022)

Talking to Kids About Food Waste (National Geographic, 2022)

How to Make Your Days Off Feel Like a True Break (SELF Magazine, 2022)

Why Bicycling Might Keep Your Kid's Mental Health in High Gear (National Geographic, 2022)

How to Kiss Someone Like You Mean It (SELF Magazine, 2022)

Is It Time for a Digital Detox? (Charlotte Magazine, 2022)

 

ESSAYS

How to Feel Less Depleted by the End of the Workweek (SELF Magazine, 2022)

How to Use Tech to Foster Intimacy (SELF Magazine, 2022)

How to Get Mental Health Support - On Social Media (Wired, 2022)

This Protein Bar Literally Tastes Like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (Bon Appetit, 2021)

Tetris Helps My Stress and Anxiety Fall Away (Wired Magazine, 2021)

Learning to Love Again (Unity Magazine, in print, 2021)

Tiny Love Story: Three Seasons in a Shared Bed (The New York Times, scroll all the way down the page, 2021)

The quiet shame of parenting with a fear of vomiting (Washington Post, 2021)

Barely Visible (HaveHasHad, 2021)

My Daughter Convinced Me to Host a Backyard "Restaurant" in the Middle of a Pandemic (Good Housekeeping, in print and online 2021)

What to Do if a Young Child Expresses Dark Thoughts (The New York Times, 2021)

My Therapist Says I'm Apologizing Wrong (Elemental, 2021)

Rekindling a Tortellini Tradition with My Dad (Unity Magazine, in print, 2021)

In her last days, my mother built a bridge to the grandchild she'd never meet (Washington Post, 2020)

Key Ring Chronicles: Knotted Ribbon (McSweeney's Internet Tendency, 2020)

I Planned to Take a Psychedelic Trip to Battle My Anxiety (Huffington Post, 2020)

A Simple Observation (on Italian Language and Living) (Ovunque Siamo, 2019)

 

HUMOR

Pumpkin Carving with Kids BINGO (The Belladonna, 2023)

Dorothy Parker Explains Remote Kindergarten (McSweeney's Internet Tendency, 2020)

I am a Mom Who Hates Adventure, and I Have a Bone to Pick with You, My Zipline Tour Guide (The Belladonna, 2022)

Password Recovery Questions for Women Who Kept Their Names After Marriage (The Belladonna, 2020)

I Opened this Neighborhood Florist Shop Because I'm Thirsty for Power, and You, My Employees, Better Be, Too (Points in Case, 2021)

My Superfood Cupcake Business Ruined My Life And Drained My Bank Account And The Same Fate Is Available To You Today (Slackjaw, 2021)

I'm Ready for My Slightly Overdue Bikini Wax in Your Salon (The Belladonna, 2020)

Realistically Renewed Vows, Four Years After Our Wedding (Slackjaw, 2020)

Everything I'm Afraid Might Happen if I Unmute Myself to Speak on Zoom (Slackjaw, 2020)

Literary Quotations, Revised to Explain My Very Good Decision to Take a Pandemic RV Trip (Weekly Humorist, 2020)

Nine Mindfulness Practices to Help You Endure Virtual Summer Camp (Points in Case, 2020)

How to Talk to a New Mom (Slackjaw, 2020)

Seven Mishaps at Whole Foods that, Looking Back, Were Only Partially My Fault (Points in Case, 2019)

I Am the Middle-Aged Jumper at the Trampoline Park Who's Definitely Not Too Old for This (Points in Case, 2019)

Mindfulness Hack: How to Use 4th of July Consumer Explosives to Augment Your Meditation Practice (Little Old Lady Comedy, 2019)

Daily Itinerary of the Two-Week Old Green Eggplant in My Refrigerator (The Belladonna, 2019)

 

CRAFT ESSAYS (STORIES ABOUT WRITING)

How an Old Blog Pulled Me Out of My Writing Slump (Brevity Magazine blog, 2024)

How Humor and Essays Became Timeshare Partners in My Brain (Brevity Magazine blog, 2022)

It's Nothing Personal: How Essays Make Secrets Seem Silly (Brevity Magazine blog, 2021)

 

PROFILES

Becky Santoro of Foster Village (Charlotte Magazine, in print, 2022)

Lynne Daley of Bank of America (Charlotte Magazine, in print, 2021)

Home Edit: Charlotte Edition (Charlotte Parent Magazine, 2021)

 

AWARDS AND PODCAST APPEARANCES

My essay, A Hand to Hate or Hold, won 5th place out of 846 entries in the Writers Digest 2023 nonfiction contest (coming online and in print May/June 2024)

1st place in the Charlotte Writers' Club Nonfiction contests in 2019-2020 and 2023-2024

Finalist in Charlotte Lit's 2022-2023 nonfiction contest

Finalist in the WOW! Women on Writing's Q2 2024 creative nonfiction essay contest.

No Laughing Matter (6-Minute Stories podcast, a reading of one of my favorite essays from the Luck and Opportunity print anthology, 2021)

I Come as a Thief (6-Minute Stories podcast, a reading of my essay from the Trouble print anthology, 2021)

Emetophobia Help podcast S2E6- I was interviewed about the story I wrote in the Washington Post (2021)

Judge's comments halfway down the page on my contest-winning essay, Queen of Birthdays (2020)

New York Times Parenting published my "Tiny Victory" in their January 30, 2021 newsletter: "I used to get mad when my 3-year-old dumped out soap in the shower; but now I buy the cheap liquid stuff on Amazon, refill old pump-top bottles, and let her go to town. She gets clean, and I get 20 minutes. — Nikki Campo, Charlotte, N.C."

My essay is featured on Good Housekeeping's freelance pitch guidelines web page

Two of my stories were featured on award-winning journalist Amy Paturel's website as examples of how to build character in essays

The story of how my annual holiday update letter came to be also made the spotlight in Amy Paturel's newsletter and blog

Chicken Soup for the Soul has published two of my stories, in this book (Nov 2021) and this book Feb 2022)