My name is Meg Conley.
I write in the spaces between women's work, economic justice and home culture.
Born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I was raised to be a homemaker. When I became one, I realized I didn't know how to make a home, I only knew how to clean one. And now my house work is figuring out what parts of our home culture need to be unmade, and what bits need new making, so that this country becomes a home for all of us.
I share my home with four people. When I was 21, I married Riley Bingham. We’ve been best friends since we were 12. We are from California and live in Denver, Colorado. We have three daughters - Margaret Zuzu, Viola Honey, and Brontë Fig. We all unmake and make our home together every day.
This newsletter started out as a temporary shelter. Mostly for me, if I am being honest. It is now on the verge of becoming something stable, a place with a foundation and roof. And it’s not just for me. There are so many of you under the roof. Like a shocking, delightful number of you. Thank you.
I feel a great responsibility to this thing we’re building together.
I want this to be a rambling structure. But also a place where we don’t get too lost. Maybe a cross between the Winchester House and the home in Paddington. You can see it, right? We can have a lightstrung attic and doors that open onto gardens. A few staircases that lead to nowhere. Windows traced with frost and light. Stained glass and stained floors. We need rooms for hard conversations and rooms for rest. I want the center of this place to be fitted with shelves of sustenance.
The plan is to keep this place free for people who cannot afford to support the work I do here. This is a big table, and we've got room for everyone. If you can help me keep adding extra chairs by choosing a voluntary paid subscription, well...I'll weep with the joy of it. There is a place to pledge $5 a month or $50 a year. Want to just tip me once in awhile instead? Thank you gladly, my ko-fi is right below this post.
I am just so grateful you're here.