The more I learned about cars, the more I saw through the random “help” that was offered, and the more I was empowered to step away, to handle things myself.
Melissa Stephenson’s writing has appeared in publications such as Fourth Genre, The Washington Post, The Rumpus, and Waxwing. Her memoir, Driven, was released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2018. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her two kids.
Posts by Melissa Stephenson
The first woman to paint the official portrait of a U.S. president, Greta Kempton also painted Cabinet officials, governors, senators, the head of the Atomic Energy Commission, two Postmasters General, a Supreme Court justice, several university presidents, and a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. But what would have happened if she had painted a self-portrait?