Published Work

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previously blogged at Wendy’s Weekly Words

It’s Not the Final Answer,” Please See Me: Issue #12 – Diagnosis, December 2022

A Lesson I Didn’t Want to Teach,” Moms Don’t Have Time To, July 2022

My Son’s Optimism For the Future Continues to Amaze Me,” Moms Don’t Have Time to Write, April 2022

13 Ways Writing is Easier Than My Autoimmune Disease,” The Mighty, February 2022

Dismissals and Rejections – Of Symptoms and Submissions,” Spoonie Authors Network, February 2022

5 Awesome Books and Movies (and the Food That Goes With Them) to Enjoy During Your Kids’ Winter Break,” Moms Don’t Have Time to Write, December 2021

Singing Out Loud Helps Ease My Chronic Pain (At the Risk of Embarrassing My Son)“, Moms Don’t Have Time to Write, November 2021

“A Love Letter to Ryan,” published in A Love Letter (Or Poem) To…, November 2021

5 Ways to Ensure Your Kids Don’t Forget Everything They Learned in School While On Winter Break,” Moms Don’t Have Time to Write, November 2021

I’m Proud My Son Said He Didn’t Miss Me,” Moms Don’t Have Time to Write, October 2021

In Possession of the Enough Stuff,” SFWP Quarterly Special Issue 26, Summer 2021

Lost and Found,” Breath and Shadow, Summer 2021

Prime Time or Off-Peak?“, Kaleidoscope Magazine Number 83: Global Perspectives, Summer/Fall Online 2021

A Soft Strength,” HerStry, June 2021

Lessons Learned,”  MUTHA Magazine, May 2021

Still My Hands,” Ang(st) Issue V/May 2021

How My Autoimmune Disease Is Like an Octopus,” The Mighty, May 2021

The Rita Wilson Songs That Helps Me Deal With My Chronic Illness,” The Mighty, March 2021

Chronic Illness and an Octopus,” YouTube interview, March 2021

Deserving of the ‘Good Paper‘,” Sasee Magazine, March 2021

More Than Just a Walk” (finalist in  Non-fiction category for Pen 2 Paper 2020 competition)

An Unexpected Gift,” published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Making “Me Time,” February 2021

Raising Obama Babies and Kamala Kids,” Motherwell Magazine, February 2021

Consequences,” The Sun – Readers Write, February 2021

What I Really Mean When I Say ‘My Leg Kinda Hurts‘,” The Mighty, January 2021

8 Things Doctors Can Learn From Teachers,” The Mighty, December 2020

12 Things Distance-Learning Lacks,BLUNT Moms, December 2020

There Is No Shame in Life With Chronic Illness,” The Mighty, December 2020

Yes, You Can Wear Jewelry and Be in Pain at the Same Time,” The Mighty, December 2020

When My Greatest Fears About My Pain Became My Temporary Reality,” The Mighty, November 2020

It’s Not All in the Family,” Breath and Shadow, Fall 2020

Could I?, Should I?, Would I?,” Amsterdam Quarterly Issue 29, September 2020

Questions Without Answers,” ChronicallyLit, September 2020

A Painful Reminder,” Kaleidoscope Magazine Number 81: A Season of Hope, Summer/Fall 2020

When My Son’s Pediatrician Said ‘Walking Isn’t Exercise’,The Mighty, September 2020

Our End-of-Summer L.A. Field Trips,” L.A. Parent, August 2020

The Article I Wish I’d Read After My Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease Diagnosis,” The Mighty, August 2020

Yes, Walking Is Exercise,” Motherwell Magazine, July 2020

Chronic Contradictions” published in The Things We Don’t Say: An Anthology of Chronic Illness Truths, June 2020

7 Unexpected Things I Taught My Kid During Homeschooling,” Motherwell Magazine, June 2020

My Confessions as The Mother of a Biracial Son,” Motherwell Magazine, June 2020

How Teachers Help Make Mother’s Day Special,”  Motherwell Magazine, May 2020

Why I’m Dressing Up While the World Is Shut Down,”  The Mighty, April 2020

A Costco-Sized Sample Taste,” Motherwell Magazine, April 2020

Because of Ryan” Please See Me: Issue #4 – Hope, March 2020

It’s Me” Ailment – Chronicles of Illness Narratives: Volume I, March 2020

What It’s Like to Feel Constant Guilt With an Invisible Disability” The Mighty, January 2020

Planting the Seed”  Mothers Always Write, December 2019

A Timeless Gift” published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, October 2019

Why My Rare Condition Puts Me in a Complicated Relationship With My Legs” The Mighty, October 2019

10 Family Traditions and Celebrations to Show Love” Mother’s Day Magazine, September 2019

My Slow and Steady Path Forward With an Invisible Disability” The Mighty, September 2019

12 Date Night Ideas to Enjoy at Home”  Mother’s Day Magazine, August 2019

The A to Z List of Verbs Teachers and Students Practice Daily” iTeach,  July 2019

10 Tips and Tricks for Moms Living with Invisible Disabilities”  Mother’s Day Magazine, July 2019

Why I Broke Up With My Fitbit”  The Mighty, July 2019

Why ‘Invisibility’ Is Not a Superpower When It Comes to Illness”  The Mighty, May 2019

Why I’m Not Changing My Diet as Someone With Autoimmune Disease”  The Mighty, January 2019

Choosing Peace Over Peas”, November 2018

With Autoimmune Disease, There Are More ‘Self-‘ Practices Than Just Self-Care”  The Mighty, November 2018

Bartering for Health”   Breath and Shadow, Fall 2018

Mommy Has a ‘Boo-Boo Leg’: Talking to My Son About My Autoimmune Disease” (finalist in Non-fiction category for Pen 2 Paper 2018 competition)

I Never Planned To Be a SAHM – To Be Honest, I’m Still Adjusting”, September 2018

Why My Son Doesn’t Need ‘Enrichment’ Classes”  Role Reboot, September 2018

The Hard Realities I’ve Faced After My Doctor Told Me, ‘You’re Just Weird‘”  The Mighty, August 2018

Why Our Family Doesn’t Allow Toy Guns”  (reprint)  Huffington Post,  November 2017 cited in “Does Playing With Toy Guns Lead to Later Acts of Gun Violence?”  HowStuffWorks – Health, June 2018

The Words I Use to Describe Life With an Autoimmune Disease”   The Mighty, May 2018

When Dismay About My Illness Keeps Me Stuck in a ‘Winter-Like’ Mindset”     The Mighty, April 2018

My Life as an Undercover Disabled Woman”          The Mighty, March 2018

The ‘Waiting Game’: How My Husband and I Pass the Time in Doctors’ Offices”                                     The Mighty, March 2018

How Dating My Husband Has Changed Since I Became Chronically Ill”      The Mighty, February 2018

Why I Can’t ‘Wear My Scar’ With Pride”    The Mighty, January 2018

In the Middle”,  December 2017

Why Our Family Doesn’t Allow Toy Guns”  (reprint)  Huffington Post,  November 2017

Why Our Family Doesn’t Allow Toy Guns”      MUTHA Magazine,   October 2017

10 Life Lessons I Taught My Kindergarten Students That Also Apply to Chronic Illness
The Mighty, October 2017

How My Identity Has Been Affected by the Changes in My Hands Due to Illness”   The Mighty,  October 2017

My Son Is Already Becoming My Caretaker – And It’s Both Heartbreaking and Inspiring”,   August 2017

A Love Letter to Teaching”                       Role Reboot,      August 2017

Living By the Rules of My Son’s Playground Game”           ,      June 2017

I Am”    Breath and Shadow,  April 2017

Being ‘White’ ”    The MOON  Magazine, April 2017

We Hear You Dr. King – We Still Dream Your Dream”                   Mamalode,   March 2017

Want to Let Go of Your ‘Plan’? Become a Mother”              ,   March 2017

Why I’m Teaching My Third Grader About Harassment”               Role Reboot,   March 2017

Searching for the Right Words” (finalist in Non-fiction category for Pen 2 Paper 2016 competition)

“‘Dark White’: How My Mixed-Race Son Sees Himself”                Role Reboot,  September 2016

On September 11, 2001 We Made Handprints of Hope”               Mamalode,  September 2016

The Hitting Stage” published in So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real About Motherhood, August 2016

This Is What ‘Mindfulness’ Looks Like to Me”                                Role Reboot, August 2016

My Sister, The Tomato Lover” published in Tomato Slices,    June 2016

Can Acknowledging My Weakness Actually Be a Sign of Strength?”      MUTHA Magazine, May 2016

Dear Ryan, You Are the Best of Me”                              Mamalode     May 2016

A Blue-Jeans Type of Marriage” published in Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From Pop Songs, February 2016

7 Reasons Why My Son Is Smarter Than I Was At His Age”        Role Reboot, January 2016

Seven Lessons I’m Learning From the Ocean”                    Breath and Shadow, Winter 2016

Why I Don’t Hang a Disabled Person Placard in My Car”      Role Reboot, December 2015

The ‘A’ Word: Wendy Kennar on Parenting with an Invisible Disability”   MUTHA Magazine, November 2015

Just Supporting A Detail That My Son is of Mixed-Race”    Brain,Child Magazine, October 2015

It Happened To Me: Chronic Pain is Destroying My Sex Life”    XOJane, October 2015

A Life of Passion”     Mamalode, July 2015

Why Boys Shouldn’t Be Allowed to be ‘Just Boys‘ ”                Role Reboot, July 2015

When a Stranger Told Me I Needed to Have a Second Child”  Role Reboot, June 2015

Teaching My Son What I Need to Learn”                        Mamalode, June 2015

Why I’m Not on Facebook”    Role Reboot, June 2015

The Alphabetical Prescription for Living with a Chronic Medical Condition”    Breath and Shadow, Winter 2015

Idealizing Sisterhood”  published in Sisters Born, Sisters Found , 2015

The A to Z List of Being a Woman” published in Think Pink Issue #1, January 2015

Through the Good and the Not So Good” published in Pentimento Magazine, Winter 2014-2015

Abled”  (finalist in Non-fiction category for Pen 2 Paper 2014 competition)

The A to Z List of My Childhood Memories”  published in The Grey Wolfe Storybook, 2014

Here and There”    Breath and Shadow, Summer 2014

The A to Z List of Boys”   The MOON Magazine, May 2014

The A to Z List of Being a Grown-Up”  published in Being a Grown-Up: A User’s Manual for the Real World, March 2014

My A to Z Lists”  published in How Writing Can Get You Through Tough Times… No Experience Necessary,   February 2014

A Boundless Love Contained in a Single ZIP Code”                L.A. Affairs, Los Angeles Times, January 2014

I Remember”    The MOON Magazine,  December 2013

Zero the Hero” published in Ka-Pow!, November 2013

From Disabled to Enabled” published in Write for Light, 2013

Do What You Need to Do” published in Lessons From My Parents, 2013

The A to Z List of My Disease”   The Barefoot Review,       Winter 2012

Celebrating the Times (The Good, The Big, The Small)”  Familius, December 2012

Mrs. Kennar’s Kinara”    Divine Caroline, December 2012

13 Lessons About Marriage”  Divine Caroline, November 2012

6 Things My Toddler Son Taught Me About Driving”             Work It, Mom, 2011

5 Things I Wish Every Parent Knew Before Sending Their Child to Kindergarten” published in Beyond the Diaper Bag!, 2007

The Science of Dandelion Wishes”    United Teacher, December 2007

The A to Zs of Teaching”    United Teacher, May 2007

Hang Up and Listen”    United Teacher, April 2006

Learning Life Lessons”  published in GreenPrints,              Winter 2005-2006

My School for Simple Wives-to-be”   Christian Science Monitor, May 10, 2005

Too Often, Teachers Extinguish a Student’s Spark”       Christian Science Monitor, September 28, 2004

Paying Rent Pays Off When They Go Home”                              Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2004