WORK

Hi! Here is a selection of my work. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. For inquiries, please get in touch.

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MY MOTHER’S DIETING AFFECTED ME, TOO

The Washington Post

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.

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I WAS BORN IN IRAN, AND MISOGYNY PUSHED ME AWAY FROM MY CULTURE. NOW I HAVE HOPE FOR IRANIAN GIRLS

Salon

October 22, 2022

Protests led by brave women and girls in Iran raised feelings in me I thought I had buried deep

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'I FLED IRAN AT 8-YEARS-OLD, THIS IS WHAT UKRAINIAN CHILDREN FACE'

Newsweek

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.

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NYT: TINY LOVE STORIES


"IMPERFECT WOMEN"

New York Times


May 24, 2022

Imperfect Women
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

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NYT: TINY LOVE STORIES

"SHE SAW ME"

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.

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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."

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I LIVED WITH A SELF-DESTRUCTIVE SECRET FOR 30 YEARS. HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I TOLD.

HuffPost

June 13, 2022

"I’ve found I can only move forward when I stop struggling in silence and let go of the shame."

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A MAN TRIED TO ABDUCT ME, TOO.

The Independent


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.

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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.

INSIDER


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.

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WHY I STARTED WATCHING PORN WHEN
I TURNED 50

Salon

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

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NO NOTE, NO EXPLANATION

Arlington Magazine


May 16, 2021

Suicide rates are rising, and the pain of the pandemic put more people at risk. Talking about it matters.

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BELONGING TO AMERICA

Arlington Magazine


March 29, 2021

Spring break, 1991. It was one of the worst moments of my life. And also one of the best.

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NEW YORK TIMES LETTER TO THE EDITOR

New York Times


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!” 

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TWO MOTHERS

Chicken Soup for the Soul 


2012

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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