This Must Be the Place

I've been having a tough time lately. I'm behind on a deadline and feeling like the worst kind of incompetent. (And of course, updating my personal blog does ....more

10 Ways I am Trying to Raise White Male Allies

After the expected but disheartening news that Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the death of Michael Brown, a friend reposted this article from August on 12 Things White People Can Do Now in Reaction to Ferguson. Upon thinking about this, I've decided that I would like to add some things white parents can do to help raise allies. Because unless and until America as a whole is ...more

Whatever Happened to Cliff Huxtable?

When I was between the ages of about 5 and 7, one of my favorite things to do on rainy days was to ride my bicycle in circles around my father's apartment while listening to some of Dad's comedy records. While part of me can't believe Dad let me do this (although I understand anything that keeps a kid occupied and out of your hair on a weekend is a good thing), I mostly have nothing but pleasant ...more

A Memory and Its Codas

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More LOisms

Last night, LO asked J if he wanted to sit next to Mommy. "Yes, I'd like to sit next to Mommy," J replied. LO grinned and said ....more

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Enough

I recently read the book Your Money or Your Life...more

I've Failed as a Second Child Parent of a Second Child

I am the second of two, which means there are very few pictures of me prior to preschool, at which point people other than my parents were in charge of recording my childhood. Now, to be fair to my parents, there aren't a whole heckuva lot of pictures of my older sister, either, but they definitely outnumber pictures of me. As the second of two, I am very sensitive to any feelings BB might have ...more

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Thank Heaven for Engineers

Specifically, my engineer, J. Yesterday, I found myself repeatedly whipped up into a froth over the situation in Ferguson. Even though I do not usually watch the news, I found myself transfixed by coverage of Ferguson when I turned on the television to put on an episode of The Wiggles for the kids ....more