Essay: A Simple Observation

To me, the core beauty of the Italian language is not its sing-song cadence, the way it waltzes around leaving ears feeling caressed and fulfilled, the way it takes a sentence in English and makes…

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Humor: I Am the Middle-Aged Jumper at the Trampoline Park Who’s Definitely Not Too Old for This

It’s toddler hour at the trampoline park, and this place is jumping. The hordes of small, very limber, and slightly intimidating people in rompers and athletic shorts bouncing on an endless grid of trampolines are…

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Humor: Mindfulness Hack: How To Use 4th of July Consumer Explosives to Augment Your Meditation Practice

Ignite Your Senses: Notice anything you can smell. Sulfur gas from the explosions? Maybe some smoke. Or fear. What can you hear? Not much? Give your Noise-Induced Hearing Loss a few days to wear off….

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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)