The Shriver Report – Amy Mackin

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Amy Mackin

Freelance Writer and Payroll Clerk

In pursuit of a long-held dream, Amy Mackin reinvented herself midlife and embarked on a literary career.  She writes women’s fiction as well as  essays and articles on topics that ignite her passion, which include social justice, parenting, the creative process, autism awareness, education reform, and the culture of American sports.  Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Writer, The Washington Post, Literary Mama, and Brain Child, among others.

When she’s not writing, Amy homeschools her son, supports all her children in their various extracurricular activities, works part-time for a healthcare provider, volunteers at a local farm, attends evening classes to continue her education, and blogs about keeping up with it all at  Amy lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three children, and two friendly felines. 

Gender Equality Is a Myth!
By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change.  → Read More
Homeschooling: The Benefits for My Son, and the Added Responsibilities for Me
When my own son, who has Asperger Syndrome, started coming home from school saying he hated his life, I understood.
Henry’s * a great kid. He’s smart and kind and well-behaved. But he doesn’t quite fit in. Managing a traditional school day is stressful for him, so when things don’t go as planned, he often falls apart. When he was younger, this wasn’t such a problem. But by fifth grade, the social gaps between him and his peers had grown much wider.  → Read More