My Writing

My writing can be found monthly on Jezebel, and weekly on I am also a columnist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Should you want to, you can read more of my my writing on New York Times MotherlodeBabble, Mommyish, LearnVest, The Toast, The Hairpin, Brain, Mother, Aeon, The Pacific Standard and more (see below). Also, one of my posts about buying my children Christmas presents was published on the Huffington Post and featured on Good Morning America. My site has also been featured on CNN and I’m a frequent contributor to HuffPost Live. I was named one of’s 50 Best Mom Bloggers. My essay “How the World Was Supposed to End” won fourth place in the 83rd Annual Writing Competition Collection.

Feel free to email me. eclenz (at) gmail.


My essays have been anthologized in The Contemporary Reader, Readings for Today (Penguin Academic Reader) and Parenting Uncensored: Straight Talk from Real Moms and Dads About Pregnancy. 


“Should you fact-check your grandma’s Facebook posts?” Aeon

“Swinging with Absalom.” The Butter

“No Perfect Church.” Killing the Buddha.

“The Legend of Countess Margaret Who Birthed 365 Mouse-Sized Children.” Jezebel.

“Why We Don’t Do the Naughty List.” New York Times Motherlode.

“A History of Lithopedions: When a Fetus Turns to Stone.” Jezebel.

“In Defense of Yelling.” Fast Company.

“Goodbye to Cloth Diapers and Ideal Motherhood.” New York Times Motherlode.

“The Only Mystery in Vermillion South Dakota.” The Hairpin.

“Being Maleficent.” The Hairpin.

“The Small Things.” Literary Mama.

“Why I Take My Children to Church.” Brain, Child Magazine.

“Magic Under the Table.” Brain, Child Magazine.

“In the Walls.” The Hairpin.

“My Year of Mom Rage.” The New York Times Motherlode

“Lip Gloss, Joshua Harris, and the Woman I Was Supposed to Be.” The Toast

“As Close to Evil as We Can Stand.” The Toast.

“How the No Pants Challenge Helped Me Look Like an Adult.” Forbes.

“Why I Gave Up Shopping for Clothes.” XO Jane.

“Freedom isn’t Free: The Cost of Religious Homeschooling.” Geez Magazine, Summer 2013.

“9 Crazy Things People Found in Their Walls.” Mental Floss.

“Sheep Snot and Other Recipes from My Dad”  The Louisville Review, Fall 2011.

“Free Ways to Market Your Freelance Services.”

“Spotless” Ecotone, February 2008.

“Marriage Isn’t Always 50/50″

“Worth it?” Real Weddings, Spring 2008, VOL 7, Issue 2, NO. 14. Web link.

“The Grandmaster,” Yellow Medicine Review, Fall 2009 (please contact me for a copy)

“The Marriage Secret No One Ever Tells You”

“Katniss Everdeen: The Perfect Anecdote to Twilight’s Bella”

“Your Pregnancy or Theirs?”

“Leaving Baby with Dad”

“TMI Parenting Anxiety”

“The Church and Domestic Violence.” Relevant Magazine, March 2009.

“Can $100 Big Ones Buy You a Job?” and “5 Tips for Using Social Media In Your Job Search.”Hoopla Now.

Slideshow: “Easy Recipes for Everyday of the Week”

“Do Successful Women Intimidate Men?”

“From Tragedy to Togetherness: The Story of a Flood”

“Is Divorce a Sin?”

“When To Talk Politics”

“Are Gender Differences A Myth?”

“Valentines at Wendy’s & Other Quirky Customs” The Today Show Web site

“When Couples Therapy Doesn’t Work”


“Fowl Failure.” Daily Palette, April 22, 2007.

“Juhaciban,” Storyglossia, Fall 2009.