What to do with your disappointment

  Well, so, The Report turned the way everything seems to turn out right now: nothing and everything, everything and nothing. Smoke and mirrors. “Nothingburger” topped with propaganda, served with a side of bullshit. Believe me, Mueller’s report (or, rather, the cliffnotes as handed down by the AG) was a big disappointment for me, too….

This Integrated Life

  I’ve been considering how to write this post for the last few days. Martin Luther King Jr. Day comes with as many narratives as there are narrators. His legacy is packed with plenty to choose from: He was the Black Radical, the Preacher’s Preacher, the Disciple of Christ, the Moral Leader for Economic Empowerment,…

Return to the Table

  It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and everyone is doing something. There are houses to clean and beds to be made, or there is a car to pack up and gas tanks to fill. You might be on the road (or in the air) right now as you read this, or your rolls might be…

Congratulations. We’ve Earned 2 Years of Work.

  I woke up this morning feeling pretty sober. I’m delighted about yesterday’s retaking of the House. That was required. We had no other choice. Having a check on this president is essential for our survival. We stopped the non-stop onslaught. We have not, however, stopped the threat. By winning the House yesterday, we earned…

The One Thing To Do This Week

Photo: Short ribs! I love short ribs and rarely buy them because they are so expensive. Didn’t used to be! But now they are fashionable and what not! Anyway, I braised these with some onions and peppers in red wine, tomatoes, and a bit of beef broth, then shredded them and served them over pappadelle with kale….

[Quiet Thoughts] Let My Heart be Good Soil

Photo: They insisted on being “army soldiers” for Halloween. I’m not going to lie and say that I didn’t have concerns. Ultimately, we parents greenlighted the costumes because 1) childhood is magic and a kid should be what they want for Halloween, 2) possibilities are limitless and there are only a few things I’m going…

Reset

Photo: Chicken Tortilla soup. I loved it! It was hearty and warm and yummy. The men in my life… preferring meat and starch and green on plate (imagine that in cave-man voice), were not fans, which is… inconvenient.   This felt like a weekend when people were almost gleeful to talk about anything else but the…

Of Bystanders and Participants

  I am raising boys of privilege. Yes, they are of color, too, so they won’t get the full weight of the benefits that entails… but they are boys living as privileged a life as I can give them. They benefit from highly educated parents. They benefit from a safe, well-resourced community. They benefit from…

[Quiet Thoughts] Keep Your Hand on the Plow

Photo: What is more precious than little toes? Little feet that wander the world? They scream of potential. Oh, you have so much to traverse. So many places to go. They are also still clean. Unsullied by the dirt of the world. We kiss little toes and little feet because they haven’t known the true grime…