Manifest Destiny: My Story

When I was young, I knew that my grandfather was something called “Chippewa”. He never talked about it – but the signs were there. A Thunderbird flag hanging in his room. His collection of artefacts from his grandmother. The way he’d occasionally tell stories about his life on his grandfather’s farm.Then, we were outside last fall, and he was staring contemplatively at the trees turning in our backyard. He turned to me and said, “Your mother has the healing hands. My grandmother had them. You can put your hands on anyone and they just feel better.”...more
@Darcie Well said. And the fact that people want to tell us to "get over it" just tells us that ...more

Manifest Destiny: Gap, What Were You Thinking?

Full disclosure: I like The Gap. Honestly, I do. Since Theo’s birth, I’ve spent a significant portion of my time (and income) in Gap Kids, cooing over pint-sized button-down shirts, cunning little sweater vests and pastel onesies sporting adorably clever graphics. I’ve even written here before about how impressed I was that they were selling pink and purple clothing in the boys’ department....more
@bellejarblog  @fat girl blogger I'm very proud of what you did. I think it's huge.more

Prairies and Panhandles

Colby and I recently took a road trip south through Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, New Mexico, and into southern Colorado.  As we drove through what represented the worst of the dust bowl, I was in awe of the people who migrated to this area and managed to scratch out a living.This is a hard place.  It will take its piece of flesh and leave very few gifts....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more