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Essays


My essays appear regularly in many wonderful magazines. Some of my favorites are:

Janice Eidus

"Is That Your Real Daughter?"
Purple Clover, November 2014
My multiracial family has endured many comments that we don’t like and never will, but we’ve learned to tolerate them.
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"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Name"
Purple Clover, September 2017
Our names affect how people perceive us and how we perceive ourselves, and that’s just fine with me.
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"Mom's Last Words"
Purple Clover, February 2016
There hadn’t been many thank-you’s between my mother and me, but when the chips were down, we were by each other’s side.
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"How Transgender Performer Justin Vivian Bond Helped Me As A Parent"
SheKnows.com, March 2017
The popular, edgy transgender raconteur/social activist, Justin Vivian Bond, has had a big impact on my transracially adopted daughter (and on me).
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"Restaurants I've Loved and Lost"
Purple Clover, June 2016
Each precious, long-gone restaurant reminds me of who I once was and how I’ve become the woman I am today.
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Janice Eidus

"Yes I Will Wear Leopard Print": A Fashion Manifesto
Next Tribe, October 2017
I'll never change my spots—or my style.
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"My Guru, My Best Friend"
Purple Clover, January 2016
A part of me was in chronic mourning over the loss of Sarah, my best friend.
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Janice Eidus

"I Want To Be a Golden Girl"
Purple Clover, April 2016
My 13-year-old daughter and I want to be Golden Girls.
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"How Poetry Saved My Life"
Purple Clover, November 2015
Any time I’ve craved comfort and beauty, poetry has provided both.
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"The Wanderer"
The New York Times, November 2007
I’m a lifelong wanderer who keeps hoping that my next move will finally lead me home.
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"How One Woman Copes With Insomnia"
Next Avenue, April 2016
In the wee hours, I share insomnia remedies on social media with sleepless strangers.
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"Janice Eidus Writes about My Sibling/Myself"
Carolineleavittville, June 2011
Through the process of writing, I struggle to understand and repair my complicated relationship with my late sister.
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"Therapy Goes On"
Purple Clover, December 2014
I’m addicted to my therapist’s couch—for all the right reasons.
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"My Mother/My Writing: Turning Childhood Memories Into Fiction"
Mother U, April 2011
I explore the complexities of the mother/daughter bond.
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I've published over 50 essays at www.purpleclover.com. Here's a complete list.