A Long Time Coming: Getting to Know My Father

  It didn't take long for my father to develop an email style. His very first email carried what would become his signature farewell. TIE. Take it easy. Sometimes he added SIT. Stay in touch....more

My Father Mended Me

I'll leave it to other people to talk about how swell their dads were, how their dads taught them to fish and play ball and inspired them to be honest and hardworking. I have a different story to tell. It's a story of how my father mended me, how he stitched up an old, tiny oozing wound, how he held open the screen door after ten years and told me to sit down while he finished making dinner for me and my family....more

Black People, White People, God's People

 I grew up in the flatlands of the Mississippi Delta.It's a beautiful place, where the culture is as rich as the soil.But this fertile soil isn't only good for raising up artists, and musicians, and poets, and sweet southern ladies...it also raises up a special crop of people.-People who hate other people, simply because they weren't born with the right shade of southern tan....more

Dear Kindred Spirit (G)

Dear Kindred Spirit, Better days are yet to come as we embrace ourselves with love...more

Prayer For Marriage Restoration - Giving Up "Me-ness for We-ness"

   Marriage is ordained by God! It was meant to be a Covenant relationship sanctioned by a Covenant God! A Covenant is a sacred vow witnessed by God! For Christians it is the most solemn agreement that one can make between a man and woman! A Covenant requires sacrifice it represents the merging of two lives. The “two becoming one.” This does not mean one gives up their own personal identity. Two strong hearts join together as One!...more

A New Year and a Chance to Be Better (Really)

But about five years ago, my husband and I began a journey to a more observant life and came to understand that these days -- the Days of Awe -- have a deep meaning indeed. We pray that God will write us in the Book of Life for another year. "On Rosh Hashanah it is written, on Yom Kippur it is sealed." It is a chance to think about how we live -- and love. Of what kinds of people we really are, and how we treat those around us. We repent those sins we know we have committed and those we don't realize we've done. Here's what I wrote about it on my own blog a couple of years ago. ...more

I just wrote the flip side of this - why I don't observe Yom Kippur, but I really loved reading ...more

Chairman Miller's Floor Remarks on Health Care and Student Loan Reform

(This is a slightly different kind of diary post.  Below are Rep. George Miller’s (D-CA) remarks, as prepared for delivery, during floor debate on the health insurance and student loan reform legislation. Miller is the House author of both pieces of reform.  Since he is still on the House Floor tonight, he will not respond to comments.)Madame Speaker, I rise in support of this truly historic legislation that addresses two of America’s greatest troubles – the crushing costs and high obstacles of obtaining both quality health care and a college education....more

Include Student Loan Reform in Reconciliation

(These are the prepared remarks of Education and Committee Chairman George Miller from today's press conference on the urgent need to include student loan reform as part of the reconciliation.)Senate Democrats have a very simple choice to make in the next few weeks.This choice speaks to the true character of our country and of our Congress.It speaks to what America’s priorities will be for the next generation.It speaks to fiscal responsibility and fairness....more

Be honest about why you want the loan. Your bank may be able to offer you a loan option that ...more

Do You Argue in Front of the Kids? Yes!

Not only do my partner and I argue in front of our kids, we believe that arguing in front of the kids is an essential responsibility of parenting.Now, here are my caveats:I am not talking about intense arguments about grown up issues like money and sex and whether we ever should have had children in the first place.  I am not talking about knock-down, drag-out fighting; no screaming, no door-slamming, no throwing things or stomping off....more

I started to read this yesterday but chaos reigned supreme given I have toddler twin ...more