essays and other writing by steven petrow

Steven Petrow has also written many essays — all with his signature humor, wit, and insight — about health, love, life, and challenges of living in today's world.

By Sharing Death on the Web, Dying May Not Feel So Alone (Time)
When terminal illness is chronicled for all the world to witness, the end of life takes on new meaning

Committing to a Dog after Cancer (The New York Times)
After Billie was gone I never thought I would have another dog, much less one I could love so completely.

At My Yoga Class, Sleepwalking No More (The New York Times)
A change in the routine got me thinking about some of my more ingrained habits, those that help me glide through the day less mindfully, less in touch with myself and others

The Ticktock of the Death Clock (The New York Times)
Not allowing myself to wallow one grain of sand longer, I decided to quit my day job.

Could I Reveal My Secret? (The Washington Post)
Hiding something from his past made it hard to be honest with people and with himself.

Modern Love: A Dollar A Day, For Only 20 Years (The New York Times)
Steven Petrow explains how a cowboy inspired him to hire a matchmaker.

Bonfire of My Vanity (The New York Times)
Camouflaging my age always started with my hair, but then I had a misadventure at the salon, and things changed.

Taking on Cancer Again — This Time with the Wisdom of Age (The New York Times)
Am I the kind of person who can win this battle? Steven Petrow asked himself early on.

'Wait To Worry' About Challenges (The Washington Post)
A bout with cancer taught the author to “wait to worry” — a mantra for life that he tried to teach his father.

Making It Last: Autism Strains, Yet Strengthens a Marriage (The New York Times)
Steven Petrow writes about his brother and sister-in-law’s seriously disabled son.

Spin the Globe: Stockholm (AFAR)
AFAR chose a destination at random and sent advice columnist Steven Petrow with 24 hours’ notice to the Scandinavian birthplace of ABBA and a certain meatball.