hi there.

I grew up in privileged surroundings, I’m not gonna lie. I spent my summers at an exclusive family resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains. My family expected me to join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, like my father. But I become infatuated with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle, and one summer we…

–Oh, wait a minute, that’s not me. That’s Baby Houseman from “Dirty Dancing.”–

I am a former entertainment editor of Seventeen and More magazines where I wrote movie and book reviews. I am also a former copywriter and photography producer for J.Crew.com.

Today I write a parenting-humor blog called “Dear Babies” (for a sample, check out the “fan faves” on the right) and I stay up late hunched over my laptop working on things. “Things” can mean a collection of humor essays about funerals (you: “sounds hilarious!”), a fiction book about a suburban stay-at-home mom (you, again: “how’d ya think of that that one?!” to which I say “my you have a lot to say…”), or there’s always staring at the ceiling with general anxiety about the world and how to raise my children in it, as well as remembering, crap, I left laundry in the washer, again.

Oh yeah, I’m a stay-at-home mom to toddler twins, which means I’m kind of like Jack Nicholson’s character in “The Shining” if instead of an inn caretaker he were a short-order cook.

The Shining, But Different

Still, I think that life is awesome.

Okay fine I was drunk when I wrote that.

But I do think that life is many things–scary, beautiful, hard, hilarious–especially when you become a parent, and that’s what I like to write about.

I write the story of trying. Of figuring it out as we all bump along. Of in the end, believing Bob Marley: Every little thing IS gonna be all right.

Till then…

Amy Denby

4 thoughts on “hi there.

  1. We started blogging on almost the exact same day. That doesn’t mean anything, but I thought I’d mention it anyway. More importantly, your kids are going to love reading these posts when they’re a little older.

    • Really? That is interesting, thank you for mentioning! Maybe we have the same Muse up there and on that day she pushed us, “okay, you two, time to get out of your heads…” Maybe, what day of the week was that, Wednesday, Thursday? Maybe it was Ladies Night and she pawned us off so she could go get half-price cosmos. Oh, or maybe it was just a coincidence. Either way, thank you. Hopefully I’m not doing too much damage and they will at least get a kick out of hearing about these early days.

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