Arguably, nobody is ever ready to have kids—no amount of planning can fully prepare a person for parenthood. But whether or not you make those plans is becoming less about expectations and more about inclinations: baby, or no baby?
I have been a parent for going on a decade. During that time, I’ve been a single mom, a working mom and a stay-at-home mom. My experience on both sides of the parenting debate—choosing whether to continue working after having children or to stay home—has taught me one thing: there is no one right answer; the real struggle is finding the delicate work-life balance that works for your own unique circumstances.
Bear explains that some people like to think of Indigenous communities as something from the past or, as author Thomas King called it, “the dead Indian,” a stereotype of the Indigenous person living in a teepee with a headdress on, dancing around a flame. However, Bear believes that once viewers see Indigenous people as a modern culture—as the opposite of the dead Indian—they get upset. Bear feels hopeful about their impact within the community, and that their content sheds light on underrepresented authors, books and content creators.
I remind my students time and again that both writing and editing are skills. There are rules and guidelines that can be learned and practiced. A copy of the original rulebook, Strunk’s century-old classic The Elements of Style, sits on my desk, a gift from my college roommate, the editor-in-chief of our magazine. The inscription is to “Michelle: A.K.A. Ms. ‘I am not a writer.’”It took two journalism degrees, press credentials and a journalism award for me to finally concede that I am, indeed, a writer. But it’s taken an army of thoughtful and thorough editors to make me a good one.