Author Archives: Claire Bidwell Smith

Dear Juliette: Six-Month Confessions

Dear Juliette, Last night I did something terrible. I did the thing that no mother is supposed to ever do. Your sister asked me if I love her more than you, and I said yes. I know, I know. You’re going to hold this over me forever. But it’s not even true. That thing that […]

Reflections on 2012

2012 has probably been the busiest year of my entire life. I gave birth to my second child. And I also brought my first book into the world. It was a big year, a beautiful year, and a hard, hard year. I tried to do so many things. I succeeded at many of them, failed […]

Not My Mother’s Hoppin’ John (Southern Black Eyed Peas & Rice)

Although I’ve lived all over the place at this point, I was actually born and raised in Georgia. In the South it’s a tradition to eat a dish called Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day. Made of black eyed peas and rice, it’s meant to bring on prosperity and good fortune in the year ahead. […]