I am Doing the Best I Can

Doctor, Feminist, Thinker, Creator, Blogger. Student, Teacher, Observer. Woman, Mother, Wife and Rabbit Servant to two House Rabbits.

Wife to son of Black Panthers from Detroit, and Mother to one badass biracial daughter. 

Finished my PhD in Early Childhood Education in 2012 and am now a Professor of Education at a University in the Midwest. It's been quite and adventure.

Still I'll rise

I don't really have much to say about the election that hasn't been said by people more eloquent than I.In our home, we have had to comfort our child. An openly gay black young woman who sobbed in my arms at 1 a.m. on November 9th. "Half of the country hates me", she whispered.Later when Terrance and I talked about this, he gently soothes my outrage ....more


What's up?Here? Not much, you know. Beginning of school tumult ....more


I finding myself spinning off into dreamy contemplation as of late.It's the season, I know. Hot and humid, my hair in ringlets every morning after sleeping in the steam bath of my room, I wake from restless dreams of dancing.The cicadas thrumm in the yard, unseen but omniscient.I get sleepy by mid afternoon, only to find myself wide awake at midnight when the air cools down and I rediscover music that makes me cry.The earth is hot, the grass is dry. I smell the indolent eroticism of river ....more

Time makes you bolder

Children get olderI've spent the summer thus far in service to college visits. ...more


I stood at the sink this afternoon, hands under running water, slicing strawberries.I'd finished cutting the peppers. Then I tackled the jicama. Bit by bit, the raw produce was washed and peeled if needed then assembled into the containers for the fridge.It's easier if I do all the prep work as soon as I get home ....more

I don't need that pressure, Ron.

In Target:Emily: I don't get "fitbit".Me: Neither do I. I don't need that kind of pressure in my life.Woman in target looking at the FitBit display: Oh, actually they're really fun! ...more

Indirect Conversation

Emily and Terrance have the perfectly awful habit of attempting to have conversations through me.I detest this, and have told them both a million times to just. converse. with ....more

My 2 Hours with a Felon

My birthday is coming.Terrance finds it increasingly challenging to find gifts with which to shower me after 25 years as a couple. This year, however, he came up with a novel solution: Tickets to see Night Vale.Now, I love the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. ...more

Words matter

I've spent 27 years caring for other people's children. I have no complaints about how I have chosen and managed my career. It was the absolute right choice for me and I do not recall a single day in which I hated my job ....more


The thing you don't want to do, when laying with 25 acupuncture needles inserted into your body, is to make a sudden movement.Your muscles will tense. They will tense around the needle. ...more