General Interest Writing

I occasionally write informal blog posts about my observations of today’s social world.

In 2020 I wrote about how the pandemic affects our homes here and here.

I wrote about my research on second and vacation homes and the sharing economy (“Won’t You Be My (Vacation) Neighbor?”) in 2019 here.

In 2019 I wrote about the sociological significance of Marie Kondo (“Deep Stuff: A Sociologist Sorts Through the Marie Kondo Phenomenon”) here.

I contributed an essay about virtual classroom visitors in 2019 here.

In 2018 I contributed a blog post about the importance of home objects in family holiday celebrations (“The Stuff of Holidays”) here.

I wrote about the latest parenting research (“The Data Behind the Headlines”) here, in 2018.

I wrote a guest blog post about natural disasters, home objects, and downsizing (“The Stuff of Disaster”) in 2017.

I wrote a post about family connections and DNA tests  (“For the Love [and Spit] of Family”) in 2017.

With two co-authors, I wrote a commentary on the movie “Bad Moms” with a focus on happiness and achievement  in 2016.

I wrote a summary of the 2016 Council on Contemporary Families conference, focusing on invisibility and visibility of resources, data, and unasked questions in family research and practice.

In 2015 I wrote a three-part series (click to 1, 2, and 3) about cross-cultural metaphors on overprotective (helicopter) parents.

I was invited to write a guest blog post on feminism and girls screaming at concerts in 2014.

I was invited to write a guest blog post on parenting tips overload in 2014.

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