Published Essays and Articles

By now you probably know I love writing essays and personal narratives here on my blog. But, I also want to meet you where you are, not always make you come to me. So if you’re out and about on the web, you can also find my work, both original essays and content originally published here, in several online publications. I am a syndicated columnist at The Good Men Project, and a special guest columnist at Open Thought Vortex  magazine. Additionally, you can find some of my more personal essays at Heart and Humanity. I also occasionally pen a guest post for blogs or other publications such as Splice Today.

Similar to the essays I write for my own blog, these personal narratives and essays cover many topics. Though you may find my essays on other sites take different risks or explore complex, difficult themes.

Topics include:

  • parenting,
  • relationships,
  • leadership,
  • writing,
  • and social issues (where I focus on open-mindedness, empathy and dialogue)

If you happen to know of a magazine, print or online, you think I should be writing for, please let me know! I’d love to hear from you, send me a note.

Examples of recent Work

An Unbroken Oath: The Truth About Belief (And Santa) – Open Thought Vortex

By Angela Noel Lawson The Christmas of 2018 will live in my memory, not because of the gifts I gave or received, but because a certain young someone I love experienced a rite of passage. I asked him if I could write about what we both learned as a result.

The Most Important Promise I Ever Kept

“No more. Not ever,” I’d said. Years of warnings, threats, tears, and promises had not changed him, not really. And now we had a child. We owned a home. We were grown-ups, and far too old to be passing out in the bathroom or on the kitchen floor. I didn’t trust him.

The Moment I Fell in Love My Eyes Began to See

The calculus I used to determine whether or not to become a parent was unusual. Many of my friends had always wanted to be parents. They married and bought houses in good school districts and with room for a nursery. My husband and I had not.

The Problem with “Pretty Girls” and Princesses – Open Thought Vortex

By Angela Noel A woman with a cloud of yellow-tinted hair compared my face to a series of shapes and declared it too round to be the coveted oval of beautiful people. I was eight years old. Why this lady, grandmotherly in…

Should I Lighten Up? – The Good Men Project

My actions, I believe, result from the sum total of my past experiences and my current understanding. Because of this, I know exactly why I frowned when the keynote speaker told a story about a naked female butt on stage at a conference.

Attack Position: Changing the Language of Division

While driving down a Minnesota highway I notice a semi-trailer parked in a field. Painted sky blue and adorned with both an American flag and an eagle in attack position-talons extended-the side of the truck holds a message. It reads: “Eat your steak. Wear your furs. It’s the American way.”

Tell Me When You’re Ready: The Narrative of Threat after Philadelphia Starbucks arrests – Open Thought Vortex

Before I continue with my story, note that this conversation between mother and son in Minnesota happened on April 12, 2018, just hours after two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks. But I didn’t know that then.

Who is this Person? Self Love & Dating – ScaleitSimple

Who is this Person? Self Love & Dating A few weeks after I locked the door on my husband for the last time, I went out with friends to a bar. After twelve years in a relationship, I had no intention of dating anyone for a very long time.

What Does it Mean to Be a Contribution?

What Does it Mean to Be a Contribution? I’m starting a new job tomorrow. I’m not nervous; I’m curious. For the first time ever, I’m not walking into a new job hoping to prove they had made a good choice in hiring me.

Pitching Your Novel

My guest today is Angela Noel. Her experience at a writer’s conference brought back many memories for me. Signing up By Angela Noel A poet friend told me about The Loft’s Pitch Conference. The idea terrified me. Pitch my book to three agents? Live? That sounded like a job interview married to a parole hearing…