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MY MOTHER’S DIETING AFFECTED ME, TOO
November 22, 2022
My mother’s obsession with weight is not unique. Researchers have studied how a mother’s restricted eating habits can affect her children, particularly daughters.
I WAS BORN IN IRAN, AND MISOGYNY PUSHED ME AWAY FROM MY CULTURE. NOW I HAVE HOPE FOR IRANIAN GIRLS
October 22, 2022
Protests led by brave women and girls in Iran raised feelings in me I thought I had buried deep
'I FLED IRAN AT 8-YEARS-OLD, THIS IS WHAT UKRAINIAN CHILDREN FACE'
May 5, 2022
In 1979, at 8-years-old, I left Iran in the midst of a full-fledged revolution. Strikes and demonstrations had paralyzed the country with protestors numbering in the millions. And violent government crackdowns had already resulted in the deaths and injury of hundreds of Iranians.
NYT: TINY LOVE STORIES
May 24, 2022
I wasn’t the thin daughter my Iranian mother wanted. The larger I got, the more disappointed she was. I hated her for that. One day, when I was 13, she seriously burned her hand. I was too broken to comfort her. I moved away, got married, had children and learned to love myself. Then I started to understand her. She was so young when she had me, so isolated and overwhelmed when she fled Iran. She thought her actions were love. We spent years talking about our regrets and grief, finding a way to love each other as imperfect women. — Rebecca Morrison
NYT: TINY LOVE STORIES
"SHE SAW ME"
November 22, 2022
I moved into the neighborhood after my son’s birth. Struggling with the isolation of being a new mother, I tried finding friends. I walked the tree-lined streets with my son, who didn’t look like me: he fair like his Kansan father, and I with olive skin and curly Persian hair. I reached out for a connection. But nothing sparked. I was drowning. Then I met Terry with her bright smile and big heart. She saw me, saved me. We shared times of sorrow and joy. Now, with my son college-bound, she’s still by my side as I let him go.
AN EXEC WANTED TO MEET ME BECAUSE OF MY NAME. EVERYTHING CHANGED WHEN HE SAW ME.
"Frozen, my mouth agape, I tried to process what had just happened. A fire rushed to my face and tears welled in my eyes. I wanted the ground to swallow me whole."
I LIVED WITH A SELF-DESTRUCTIVE SECRET FOR 30 YEARS. HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I TOLD.
June 13, 2022
"I’ve found I can only move forward when I stop struggling in silence and let go of the shame."
A MAN TRIED TO ABDUCT ME, TOO.
September 16, 2022
A man tried to abduct me, too. So why did I blame Eliza Fletcher for running at 4am? I’m embarrassed by how I reacted to the kindergarten teacher’s death.
AFTER I MOVED TO A NEW COUNTRY FOUR DECADES AGO, MY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER TOLD ME TO CHANGE MY WARDROBE. IT HURT AT FIRST, BUT IT MADE LIFE EASIER.
November 10, 2022
After I moved to a new country four decades ago, my elementary school teacher told me to change my wardrobe. It hurt at first, but it made life easier.
WHY I STARTED WATCHING PORN WHEN
I TURNED 50
April 16, 2022
I suspected my teens knew more about porn than me. I didn't want to talk to them about it
until I did some research
NO NOTE, NO EXPLANATION
May 16, 2021
Suicide rates are rising, and the pain of the pandemic put more people at risk. Talking about it matters.
BELONGING TO AMERICA
March 29, 2021
Spring break, 1991. It was one of the worst moments of my life. And also one of the best.
NEW YORK TIMES LETTER TO THE EDITOR
November 7, 2020
We’ve reached a place where most of us cannot bear the things this president utters. My skin crawls every time I hear President Trump declare to a chanting crowd “you have good genes!”
Chicken Soup for the Soul
My parents left their country in the middle of a revolution...raising my two brothers and me in a foreign land wasn’t always easy for my mother but she never let it show.
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