Saying Goodbye: my last post on

My mother-in-law Susan was nine years old when her mom died. Ten years later her older sister, who had five children, choked on a piece of steak at a restaurant and also died. Susan never had a chance to say goodbye.

Maybe because of those sad experiences, my mother-in-law is always careful to make goodbyes—even if you’re just going away for a few hours—special.

My husband does too: No one, not even the I’m-Miss-Independent 11-year-old, leaves without a hug and a kiss and an I love you.

This is my last post for

My first post was published on my son’s birthday, October 26, 2009, when I was enormously pregnant with my now 17-month-old daughter.

Since then, I’ve written 276 posts, garnered 3,658 comments, and tackled subjects ranging from broccoli to testing for Down syndrome to rainy day activities in Northern California.

Most commented on post: when a Delta stewardess called armed police officers to escort a breastfeeding mama off the plane.

Most controversial post: they’ve been taken down by request of editors and/or angry readers.

Most read posts: the 4-part series on our baby’s birth (I think. I’m actually not techno-savvy enough to know this for sure.)

Percentage of time I’ve enjoyed blogging: 99.99.

Best thing of all: the smart, insightful, and interesting comments from readers (I especially appreciate comments that disagree with me but do so in a respectful and intelligent way.)

Thank you all for helping me make Mothering Outside the Lines an interesting, dynamic, and informative place to advocate for babies, parents, cloth diapering, breast feeding, healthy eating, EC’ing, empowered birth, responsible medicine, gentle parenting, happy parenting, and more.

If you want to stay in touch, you can:

Follow me on Twitter (@JenniferMarguli no “S”),

Friend me on Facebook (which I use as a professional medium), and

Check back at my writerly Website (where I have an often neglected blog) to see where I’m off to next.

You can also read my articles forthcoming in O magazine, More magazine, the Jefferson Monthly, and elsewhere. The book I’m working on, The Business of Baby: How Corporations and Private Interests Skew the Way we Parent, is slated for publication by Scribner in 2013.

Thanks for reading.

I’ll miss you!

Hug. Kiss. And an I Love You,


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30 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye: my last post on”

  1. This makes me very sad. I love your blog. You’ve given me so much to think about and wonder about and you’ve inspired me in many ways. I wish you all the best, and I’ll try to follow you in those other venues.

  2. I am heartbroken! I started my writing career at Mothering, with a short story published about 25 years ago, so visiting this site was extra special for me. I looked forward to reading your blog, which always provided a fresh way of looking at things, often taken for granted by our society and not challenged, although desperately in need of it. Honestly, I will miss coming here. I’ll check out your personal blog, of course. Thank you for all the marvelous posts!

  3. I will miss your posts greatly. Your point of view was usually different than mine and opened up my mind to other possibilities. I will follow you on FB.

  4. Thank you for all of your words of wisdom. The world needs more like-minded mothers who have the courage and grace to spell it out for the rest of us 🙂

  5. Thank you for all the wonderful words you have brought to Mothering. Peace and blessings to you and your beautiful family!

  6. Aww, Jennifer, we’re going to miss you! I loved seeing things from your angle–it always made me look at parenting differently.

  7. Jennifer-

    Will miss your amazing posts! Love your writing style. And, I so wanted my daughter to get the benefit of your knowledge on parenting. Guess in 2013 I will have to buy her your new book.

    Kudos for a great job well done!

  8. It’s a sad day for sure, but I look forward to what comes next for you on these issues and in whatever new mediums and locations you choose. Tonight, we raise our glasses to you in tribute. (clink)

  9. Jennifer, I’m sorry to see your time here at Mothering end. You’ve opened my mind to differing viewpoints. That’s what it was supposed to do, right? Good luck with future writing projects. Keep presenting your side of mothering in an honest, open-minded manner. Thoughtful discussion on differing opinions is good.

  10. I’ll miss your insightful posts, Jennifer. I appreciate you tackling difficult topics and giving readers something to think about. I look forward to reading your work wherever I can find it. Thanks.

  11. It’s a sad day for Mothering, but for you—new horizons! I know you’ll keep doing your excellent reporting and provocative,thoughtful writing because you’re born to write and share ideas. So Bye for now. Looking forward to saying Hello when you pop up somewhere else.

  12. Jennifer, Your writing, wit and wisdom has been a real plus. I know you will take it wherever you go. xo

  13. Sorry to see you go, Jennifer. Your insightful and sometimes controversial posts often offered an alternative view that I hadn’t considered. I hope you’ll consider tackling difficult parenting subjects elsewhere on the ‘net.

  14. So sad to see Mothering go. I remember pouring over the magazine when i was expecting my first baby, and finding much inspiration and wisdom from the contributors. Thanks for the great blog Jennifer! Really enjoyed it.

  15. I’ll miss you too! You always write on subjects near and dear to my heart. I am glad to know how to find you elsewhere on the web!

  16. I just realized I’ve been reading this blog the entire time it has been in print. I remember Leone’s birth story the most fondly. I’ve learned so much from you. You’ve exposed me to thoughts, ideas and ways of living that seemed fridge to me initially and then I embraced because I read about it here. I wish you the best of success in your future endeavors and hope you continue to push the edges.

  17. It will be interesting the direction your new blog on your own site will take, and also how things take shape as your book emerges. This def feels like an end to an era in many ways…but also a beginning.

  18. I’m really, really sorry to hear that this is your last post for I’ve so enjoyed reading your thoughtful posts here, and look forward to seeing where you land next. With your knowledge and skill with words, I have no doubt there are big things on the horizon. And I’ll be looking for The Business of Baby when it comes out, too. Very exciting!

  19. Jennifer, you are too good a writer – and have too much to be controversial about 🙂 – to stop here. I hope you’ll keep Mothering Outside the Lines going in some form on your own site! And I’ll see you on FB and Twitter. It’s not goodbye, it’s see you soon.

  20. I have so appreciated the integrity and insight which you’ve brought to Mothering. Keep up the excellent work you’ve been doing, “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.” Will be following your work from across the ether!

  21. Jennifer! I’m so sad to see this is your last post!! However, it looks like you have a lot of exciting projects on the horizon. I do hope you’ll continue blogging, but can’t wait to see your articles.

  22. Thank you for the work you do! God speed and many blessings. You are probably my favorite Mothering writer. You will be missed!

  23. Lovely post, Jennifer, and you’re right, of course, a proper send off is well worth the effort. You’ll be missed at Mothering but I know you’ll use this opportunity to find new venues for your thoughtful posts.

    Congrats on a good innings (as we say Down Under) with Mothering and onward…

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