Aza wants to show me her bedroom. Full of pink and purple, it looks like it belongs to a ten-year-old girl, though maybe not this particular one. A slender tomboy with close-cropped dark hair wearing black jeans and sneakers, Aza perches on a trundle bed covered with stuffed animals as she begins to talk: “I remember a boy who lived in Petersburg in Number 31.” She bounces to the floor and just as abruptly changes the subject. “This is mine,” she says, holding up a Furby. “Then she rummages under the bed and pulls out the T-shirt she wears for her soccer team. “Do you have children? What do you do with them?” As she asks this last question, she becomes still, her dark eyes on me. The relationship between parent and child is a puzzle she’s still working on.
My reporting and writing on science, health, learning, parenting and other subjects has appeared in many publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American Mind, Parents, and Redbook. Here are some selected articles ranging from my latest work to a few old favorites.