Mandy Hitchcock

Motherhood. Loss. Authenticity. Resilience.



My Daughter’s Death Changed Me, But It Did Not Make Me Superhuman

I was both humbled and proud to debut on the Brain, Child blog yesterday with a piece that was hard for me to write and share, because it says the opposite of what I think most people expect me to… Continue Reading →

Of Paris and Empathy

Like so many in my Facebook circle, I was horrified by what happened in Paris last night. But I’m ashamed to say that when I learned of and wrote about the attacks in Paris last night, I had no idea… Continue Reading →

Connection Is The Reason We’re Here

I ran into a former colleague friend at the grocery store the other day. She told me that she liked being my Facebook friend because unlike so many others, my posts are not all Pollyanna and sunshine, that unlike so… Continue Reading →

We’re All Doing the Best We Can

I stand in front of the produce cooler at Trader Joe’s, eyeing the pre-cut, pre-packaged broccoli and cauliflower florets. My four-year-old recently told me he likes raw broccoli and cauliflower with ranch dip, saying he used to eat it at… Continue Reading →

I Love You Just The Way You Are

My youngest daughter Ada is eighteen months old. She’s so different from her older two siblings, who are so like each other in so many ways. She was a high-strung infant where they were easygoing. She cries and gets upset… Continue Reading →

Why I Don’t Care What You Think (Or At Least I’m Trying Not To)

My finger hovers over the track pad as I prepare to click “Post.” I pause, a little too long, thinking about a few friends, on the edges of my circle but about whose opinions I inexplicably care an inordinate amount,… Continue Reading →

Checking My White Privilege

What can I do? What can I do? How can I help make it stop? How can I help MAKE. IT. STOP? Another unarmed black man has died at the hands of another white person (in this case, a police officer)… Continue Reading →

Measure Your Life in Love

The past few months and weeks have been full of so much grim news in the world: terrible violence and the death of innocents in Israel and Palestine, Ukraine, and Iraq; more innocents killed daily by gun violence here in… Continue Reading →

Live Your Story

All summer long, I have been chewing on a story that I wanted to pitch to The Monti, which is a NC-based live storytelling show that invites people in the community to tell personal stories on stage without notes.  I… Continue Reading →

Impostor Syndrome Is Real, Y’all (aka My First Post)

Yesterday, Diane Rehm interviewed Linda Ronstadt. The day before, both women had been at the White House receiving awards from President Obama–Diane (I can pretend to be on a first-name basis, right?) received the National Humanities Medal, and Linda received the National… Continue Reading →

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