We Weren't Silent During #NMOS14

Thursday at 7 p.m., thousands of Americans gathered together at vigils in memory of Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and the other people who have lost their lives in incidents of police brutality. As those crowds drew together to observe a ...more

Talking with Hummingbirds

My eyes fluttered open at four o’clock in the morning and I found myself waking to the awareness of the brevity of life, my mortality, and the mystery of it all. A slightly uncomfortable feeling washed over me, a sadness. It was then that I ...more

Letting Her Learn

She’s a lot like me. A little cautious, a tad fearful. Prefers to set her own pace. Doesn’t take criticism awfully well. But determined, so determined. Last year, she really tried it but took a spill. And that was it. Her confidence grazed, never ...more

Best. Bet. Ever.

A bearded dragon that is, and well truth is we have three dogs, but I digress. A year ago my parents decided to stop keeping fish in their 100 gallon fish tank and the lugged the dang thing to my house where it fits perfectly in my hallway. I didn’t ...more

Oh Toddlers, They Make Life Interesting, Don't They?

A year ago, I wrote about how much your life changes when you have a baby. Well, now that our baby isn't so much a baby anymore, things are different. Our lives are forever changing, and here is how: 1. Having a messy house takes on a whole new ...more

Some See My Son as Black, Even Though He Is Mixed-Race

I confess to feeling safe because my kids’ biracial genes have given them lighter skin, but my family cannot run away from racism....more
natalied6579 Natalie, thank you for sharing your experience. One of the reasons we do live in ...more

5 Things Teachers Want Parents to Know About Back to School

It’s back to school time. Right now the excitement and energy are high, routines are new, and (most) kids and parents are happy. And then Meet the Teacher Night rolls around, and we get our first impressions of the person who will spend their days with our precious babies. He/She will talk about homework, grading, communications, snack policies, schedules, and hopefully about what the goals are for the year. And if you are really lucky, you will acquire insight into what type of vibe the teacher will have in the classroom for that year. ...more
French Robin Designs Totally agree, and hope that's not what I implied in the article. But we ...more

Help Your Child Understand Ferguson (And Other Tragedies)

I was six years old when the Philadelphia Police Department dropped a bomb on a house in a residential neighborhood in the city. The house was inhabited by members of the group MOVE, a Black liberation organization founded by John Africa. There had been a lot of conflict between MOVE, the community, and the police for a few years. In May of 1985, the conflict escalated, and ended with a bombing and fire that killed 11 people (including children), and destroyed an entire neighborhood. I remember that night vividly. ...more
My children are a little older now so we've talked through several tragedies over the years. ...more

The Beauty Declaration: The Path to Freedom for Ourselves & Our Daughters

According to research performed as part of the Dove® Campaign for Real Beauty, only 4% of women around the world would describe themselves as beautiful. I was sharing this information on the way to dinner with my 15-year old niece, Madison. I also told her that as part of that same study, they discovered that nearly 3 out of every 4 young girls around her age feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful.Here response, was a simple “Why?”...more

Career after blacklist

I read an article titled, “Why blacklists are important” and all I could think was, aren’t blacklists illegal? My understanding was never that it could be used for the actual protection of an organization. I always thought blacklist were illegal in every form. The truth is, they are not. After seeing the title to this article, I wanted to understand exactly what Blacklists were and why someone would feel that the lists are important. Many types of blacklists are legal....more

Love IS Life. Everything else is just… garbage.

It’s so easy to miss the point....more

Big fourth graders on their first day of school

Ro and Ree love school, but none of us were ready for summer to end this year. The girls say it was the best summer ever, and I have to agree. Wishing everyone a great back-to-school experience ....more

Help: I’ve got 5 Older Sisters

When you live with five older sisters you might as well have six mothers. The school bus was not scheduled to pull up for another twenty minutes....more

5 (really 3) Favorites

(1)ChristyYou know that song with that line.....like...."can't buy me loooooooove, can't buy me loooooove, money can't buy me love."...more

Two Weeks With Nana

I’ve been on a bit of a blogging vacation the past two weeks. My mom was in town so it seemed like a good time to take a little break. Now, of course, I have a million things to write about! ...more

The Lady at the Dentist

Last week we sat in a waiting room of a pediatric dentist. Lily was in the carrier on me and I was doing a cautious perch on the edge of the chair since we all know babies are very much opposed to their people sitting. The older two were playing nearby with the toys while getting slightly mocked by a tweenager and her brother but thankfully my little ones did not realize they were being mocked ....more

Ferguson and Warrior Cops

Via Alex Jones, so take that into account: A document released by the U.S. Army details preparations for “full scale riots” within the United States during which troops may be forced to engage in a “lethal response” to deal with unruly crowds of demonstrators. The appearance of the document amidst...more

And even more doctors

Over her lifetime Phi has seen about 10 different doctors thanks to her eczema. Yesterday we added a new pediatric dermatologist to the mix. She came highly recommended by Phi's immunologist ....more