We'd Talk About the Little Things - #MothersDay

I carry around in my head a fantastical conversation where my mom somehow rips the time space continuum and moves heaven and earth and death itself to chat with me, if only for a little while.We don’t have much time, Baby Girl. What’s going on? Talk to mom. She grins.I’ve just been thinking about standing next to you in church during the responsive reading every Sunday.Okay, Babygirl, Mom’s listening…...more
OH, the community of shared tears here, Rochelle. I miss my mother, too. xo more

You Can Do Anything for Ten Minutes

You know what writers call research, right? Scrolling through Facebook. I half joke, because it's partially true. I was scrolling through Facebook today hoping to find a prompt, an idea, a sort of inspiration to jump start my blog post scheduled for that day. I put my finger on the brake pad when I saw this entry from a friend: ...more
Jocelyn41  Jocelyn, my friend, I am truly mystified. I am trying to think, I cant' imagine... ... more

You Can Do Anything for Ten Minutes

You know what writers call research, right? Scrolling through Facebook. I half joke, because it's partially true. I was scrolling through Facebook today hoping to find a prompt, an idea, a sort of inspiration to jump start my blog post scheduled for that day. I put my finger on the brake pad when I saw this entry from a friend: ...more
Julie Ross Godar  It was JUST the jump start I needed, Julie. The memory gate flooded open and ... more

Go See 'Selma' to Counteract the Horrible Oscar Snubs with Your Attention

Hey there, what are your weekend plans? I'd like to propose that you hijack them and direct a few hours of your time where you will be immensely rewarded in personal and political ways. Go see Selma. President Obama's doing it, and you should too. It's a fantastic work of art and a vibrant contribution to a vital cultural dialogue, and it deserves your time and ticket purchase. ...more
Saw your FB update, and went to see it. Took my teen sons. Hard to watch, but a necessary work ... more

Can You Really Predict the Future With Eggs? My Grandma Did.

If you were to walk into my childhood home on New Year's Day, you would see six of us tip-toeing around a dining room table, careful to not bump and disturb the tall, clear glasses filled to the rim with still tap water. "You can't move them even a bit!" we would caution each other. "If you do, then none of it counts!" ...more
Rita Arens  Thanks for reading, Rita. I never want to forget about these days!! more

Can You Really Predict the Future With Eggs? My Grandma Did.

If you were to walk into my childhood home on New Year's Day, you would see six of us tip-toeing around a dining room table, careful to not bump and disturb the tall, clear glasses filled to the rim with still tap water. "You can't move them even a bit!" we would caution each other. "If you do, then none of it counts!" ...more
Thank you, so thrilled to be featured, BlogHer. At the time, can you imagine if I had known, I'd ... more

Is There a Way to Talk to Someone Who Doesn't Believe in Racism?

Dear World: I read something from someone today that said "Racism was in the '60s. What we see today isn't racism but people who don't know how to act in the world." I wanted to cry, I want to scream at them. Then something inside me makes me just go quiet. Tell me, Dear World, is there any way, at all, to talk to people who think that? I feel like I should just give up. Signed, Heartbroken, Angry, Should I Just Stay Silent...more
Lisa Owen  I also disagree, Lisa. In my opinion, there is no advantage to be taken of as a ... more

Is There a Way to Talk to Someone Who Doesn't Believe in Racism?

Dear World: I read something from someone today that said "Racism was in the '60s. What we see today isn't racism but people who don't know how to act in the world." I wanted to cry, I want to scream at them. Then something inside me makes me just go quiet. Tell me, Dear World, is there any way, at all, to talk to people who think that? I feel like I should just give up. Signed, Heartbroken, Angry, Should I Just Stay Silent...more
PenPaperPad I also disagree with the "everyone" statement. more

Is There a Way to Talk to Someone Who Doesn't Believe in Racism?

Dear World: I read something from someone today that said "Racism was in the '60s. What we see today isn't racism but people who don't know how to act in the world." I wanted to cry, I want to scream at them. Then something inside me makes me just go quiet. Tell me, Dear World, is there any way, at all, to talk to people who think that? I feel like I should just give up. Signed, Heartbroken, Angry, Should I Just Stay Silent...more
Judith Liebaert  Judith, I'm not able to agree with your comment here. We can't base an entire ... more

It's Just A Table... Or Is It?

Something happened last week that made me realize that I've spent a whole lot of time reflecting on the changes Jim and I (and this house) have gone through since J left for college (when we officially became empty nesters), but next to no time (okay, no time at all) reflecting on any changes the boys have gone through in regards to the two of us and this house. Let me try and make some sense. ...more
Exactly. Life as usual in their eyes. We tend the home fire. I heard of a girl that came back ... more