Archive | June 15, 2010

Dental jam


What’s wrong with this picture? The smiling kid. Okay he looks like he’s smirking, but that’s because he was watching funny cartoon figures doing the Cabbage Patch, and he thought they were kind of phoning in their performance.

Never have I seen a first dental visit go smoother, except in the case of his older sister.  And here we were expecting hellfire & brimstone. At least if we’d have believed him, in the days and hours and minutes before,  it would have been heck on a stick.  Helps he’s so ding-dong oral, methinks. Also, they’re wonderful there.  Thanks, Dr. Ballard!

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20 questions for: Amie Klempnauer Miller (1 of 2)

I had the great good fortune of chatting yesterday afternoon with Amie Klemplnauer Miller, author of She Looks Just Like You: A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood, published this spring by Beacon (and reviewed last month by Dana at Mombian). It is the first full-length memoir about non-bio lesbian motherhood. Amie will be doing three readings in the Bay Area this week:

    • Books, Inc.
    • 2275 Market St., San Francisco
    • Tuesday, June 15 at 7:30pm
    • Laurel Bookstore
    • 4100 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
    • Wednesday, June 16 at 7:00pm
    • Youth Radio
    • 1701 Broadway, Oakland
    • Friday, June 18 at 7:00pm

I met her several years back when we both did a Twin Cities reading from our essays in Harlyn Aizley’s Confessions of the Other Mother: Nonbiological Lesbian Moms Tell All. Back then, over a gracious home-cooked dinner for me and mine at her home, she said she was at work on a book. And dadgum it she wasn’t kidding!

This afternoon, over a measly chocolate chip cookie, not at all baked by me and served up in a café all the way across the bay from my home, we chatted for over an hour. I’m so loathe to edit it down that I’m serving it up in two parts. Here’s the first:

LD: You’re very frank, emotionally (in the book). How did you negotiate what things to write about and not write about? Given that the story begins with the pain (of your conceding that you wouldn’t conceive)?

AKM: Some of it is the way it was written I wrote it as I experienced it, for the most part. So I was not coming back three years later and reconstructing. I started writing it as a journal when I was trying to get pregnant. And that kept growing, and I realized it turned into an essay. And then I realized it was becoming a chapter. So it kept going.

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