Amanda Bradley is a freelance writer, thinker, dreamer, and mother of three who is a historian at heart. When she isn't writing, you'll find her crocheting something colorful or standing up for the bullied. She is passionate about empowerment through education, her family, and chocolate chip cookies.
I’m ready to stop pretending that anything special happens on a Mom Birthday. All we get is another year older and closer to death, as the old saying goes. I’ve had enough of the myth of Mom…Birthdays. You’ve all seen it. The ads and TV shows that present us with the birthday woman, perfectly made up and in an actual clean nightdress, being served breakfast in bed by her clean, dressed, and not-squalling-loudly children. Who, we are meant to believe, made this breakfast without bloodshed over who cracks the eggs, and… >> Read More
My daughter's best friend and her family are moving to a different town, and I am going to miss them.
My daughter is 10 years old, and Y is her best friend. Every day they walk home together from…school. Almost every day, M comes home with Y alongside her, and they do their homework together, sitting side-by -side on the couch and reading for hours on end, or at the table playing cards. They splash together in our little pool and play silly games. Each of them is the other’s go-to person if… >> Read More
Every shiva is hard, but some are harder than others.
Recently, I went to the second kind of shiva: the shiva for our friend who was tragically, oh-my-God-shockingly, killed in a cycling…accident at the age of 36. He was healthy and happy; he had a wife whom he adored and four small children whom he loved. He was an excellent specialist paediatric ophthalmologist who helped children on a daily basis. He had a long, productive, joyous life ahead of him. Except that now, he didn’t. It… >> Read More
I have a confession to make. Not only do I enjoy Passover, I also enjoy making Passover.
For years, I hid this fact. Living in a prevailing culture where it was obligatory to begin moaning about…Passover cleaning not long after Hanukkah, I felt that enjoying making Passover was a flaw in an otherwise perfect character. I was embarrassed to admit that I really enjoy tipping out the contents of my kitchen drawers and lining them with paper, and that washing down the insides of my kitchen cabinets to a background… >> Read More