Daughter Envy

I think I am jealous of my daughter. The thought occurs to me as I wait on a bench while she has a job interview across the street. My feet hurt, the ten pound "Forever 21" bag  full of floral print dresses and cut off shorts digs into my shoulder. She has shopped before the interview and I am holding the bag....more
Pauline, many thanks. I reworked it just a bit. more

Is It Okay To Say Namaste in Public School?

I started teaching yoga classes several years ago in the after-school program at my elementary school. At first, I used it in the kindergarten classroom and eventually  expanded it to other grades after school.It has been an extremely popular class....more
Virginia, I think it is great your daughter and her husband do yoga together! more

Is It Okay To Say Namaste in Public School?

I started teaching yoga classes several years ago in the after-school program at my elementary school. At first, I used it in the kindergarten classroom and eventually  expanded it to other grades after school.It has been an extremely popular class....more
Candy_Kay, it's great to do it with your own kids! more

A Lesson in Art -- and Racial Identity

I volunteer as an Art Docent at my kids' school, which means that once a month I go into the classroom to teach the kids about a famous artist and let them try their hand at the techniques that artist used. For my latest project, I taught Little Brother’s first grade class how to draw self-portraits. The lesson was supposed to be about proportions. Each child would get a large sheet of white paper, on which they would draw an oval and sketch in pencil lines which would help them place their eyes, nose and mouth. ...more
Oh, I used to see this happen in my class all the time! But for some reason, almost *every* ... more

My Mother and The American Way of Housekeeping

I found the book nearly untouched, its spine still uncracked. THE AMERICAN WAY OF HOUSEKEEPING. The cover featured rather lurid illustrations of a ‘50s era meal: a coral salmon wedge surrounded by a ring of peas, accompanied by deviled eggs. “What’s this?” I asked my father....more
Such a beautiful piece. I understand this so well... I look forward to reading the book~ ` more

Is It Okay To Say Namaste in Public School?

I started teaching yoga classes several years ago in the after-school program at my elementary school. At first, I used it in the kindergarten classroom and eventually  expanded it to other grades after school.It has been an extremely popular class....more
Lezlie, thank you so much. I think yoga and children go together naturally! Susan, "a ... more

Black History Month: Why I Identify as Black

Undercover Black Woman* is one of several potential names for my autobiography. It refers to the fact that I look white but identify as black. I say identify because race is not a fact of biology but a construct that varies across cultures, societies and nations. ...more
My daughter is biracial. Her dad is black, I am white. She looks just like me. I know that she ... more

Rock This Guac: Easy, Everyday Guacamole

I am inspired by your beautiful post to make some guacamole tomorrow! more