Just Beautiful

Steph Ebert
A newsletter about making space for places where beauty and justice meet.
Created 02 Feb 2021
  • Want to help me out?
    08 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    Friends! I’m going to be putting the word out on social media in the coming days, but I wanted to offer this to you all first - I’d like to run an online bookclub chat and need some guinea pigs who ar...
  • All along the way
    01 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Hey. Welcome to the first Just Beautiful newsletter. If you previously signed up to hear about my adventures researching mother writers in history while I’m living in a tiny house with kids, never fea...
  • Shared work, shared glory
    02 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    “Mom, you really haven’t been coloring in your blocks lately,” said my four-year-old as I was helping him get dressed this week. I glanced at the goal chart I had made for myself and stuck above the l...
  • Longing for other worlds, pandemic relationships, & space-brain
    04 Jun 2021 • 4 min read
    I can smell the woodpile outside our house burning. The accumulation of dried brush, old leaves, and a tree felled a few months ago. The bonfire crackles in the smoky, damp evening, and suddenly, my s...
  • The Mother of Invention
    15 May 2021 • 4 min read
    “Not a moment to sit down and think…That death of the creative process...I am being destroyed.” “Pushed by the most elementary force--money--further more impossibly away from writing...Compulsion so f...
  • Unfinished drafts
    30 Apr 2021 • 4 min read • 0 1
    To be honest, I’m weary of being weary. 2020 was like the world’s longest Lent and now that it’s Easter I just want to be happy. But the world is still sick and suffering. The banal and the truly horr...
  • Exulting in Monotony
    15 Apr 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    There are two ways to find more space. There’s the way I’m used to, the way I’m always tempted to go, the way that the glossy pages of women’s magazines and the self-help sections of books stores shou...
  • Throw your hat in the air
    29 Mar 2021 • 5 min read • 0 2
    Why I was crying in a coffee shop I discovered the screenplay for Greta Gerwig’s 2020 adaptation of Little Women, read the whole thing in one sitting, and found myself sobbing at the outdoor coffee sh...
  • A desk of one's own
    20 Mar 2021 • 7 min read • 1 1
    Virgina Woolf wrote in 1929 that the things keeping women from writing were a lack of finances (500 pounds a year, to be exact) and a room with a closing door. It’s not really about the closing door, ...
  • On swimming for your life
    18 Feb 2021 • 2 min read
    "Of all the advice I received in my MFA program about how to succeed as a writer, one kernel stands out in my memory. “Don’t have children,” said one of my male professors in one of my first classes…....
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