Maryanne Reed

Maryanne Reed

Maryanne Reed is a journalism educator and freelance writer who lives in Morgantown WV. She writes the column, "Life in the Middle Ages" for the Dominion Post and a corresponding blog, Middleagemaryanne.com. Maryanne turned 50 last year and has vowed to make her second decade even better than her first. In her free time, she is a fitness fanatic, dog lover, avid reader, and an award-winning cookie baker.

Mothering My Niece

mothering my niece

The voice on the phone was calm, at first. It was my niece Maya describing her last day in New York, getting ready to leave for film school. As she continued to talk, her anxiety ratcheted up. Then, she burst into tears. “I don’t have any clean pants to wear,” I heard through her sobs.…