No, My Sons Won’t Be Calling You By “Just” Your First Name

Photo: We’re classy folk, so sometimes I dress my boys up kinda fancy. Like during Easter. Weren’t they cute? Also putting this up because it makes me think warm thoughts–because clearly it is SNOWING right now in Massachusetts. And we’re supposed to get “significant” snowfall on Wednesday AND Sunday! Lord… I need Spring. Desperately.   Call…

[Quiet Thoughts] Santa’s “Race” is Magic

Photo: An unfortunately blurry picture of a Black Santa figurine that I gave to a former friend some years ago. All of my Christmas stuff is packed up, otherwise, I’d show off a Black Santa of my own. I’m really looking forward to amassing a large collection of Santas of Color as the years go…

Of Microaggressions and Getting a Little Angry…

Photo: This is a picture of my front yard from a few weeks ago. You can’t drive over it because my septic system is under all that dirt, and if you drive over it, you can damage it. There is a way to drive to the front of the house. You see that dumpster there? Yeah……

At Least My Christmas Card is Ordered

Photo: There was a time when making the Christmas Card was just so easy. But as the boys grow older (yet no less cute), it is hard to get them to be cool in the studio and get it done. We didn’t really have the $200 required to do the studio thing this year anyway….

Who is this “Mama” you speak of? She must be one busy lady!

Photo: Oh Ursa Minor… you used to be so… quiet! What I wouldn’t give for toddler pacifiers and toddler sleeping swings. Those would be awesome. I have put the boys in the nursery for a nap. I took them to the farm today and made them walk the entirety of it. I did this solely for the…

Please, Keep Assuming That I’m Harmless

Photo: Two little bears “dancing” in front of a very old door in Massachusetts. Too bad they aren’t facing the camera. Otherwise, this had the potential to be a great Christmas Card picture. Mission Impossible!   I did not get to have the pleasure of turning in Ursa Minor’s preschool application in front of Peggy…

In Vino Veritas

Photo Credit: Wikimedia.   Mmph… that potluck…. Wow… that potluck. Let me tell you ‘bout that potluck. But first, business: I want to be perfectly clear about the context in which all of this happened. So let’s get some disclaimers going:  I have no problem with being the only Black person in the room. I’ve…

[Quiet Thoughts] Assemble Your Team

Photo: Little Prince George wasn’t the only one who got to wear a gown on his baptism day. Both of my boys wore one, too. The gown was actually made from their grandmother’s wedding dress–I don’t love my in-laws, but I thought that this was a pretty cool heirloom/legacy idea. Of course, all of the…

Nothing in Life is Free

Photo: This is actually our view from playgroup on Monday mornings, but it’s perfect for today because the weather was yucky this morning. I don’t love everything about the city of Boston, but the skyline from across the Charles is really quite impressive.   It is a gray and gross day here in Massachusetts. The…

The Universe is Always in Balance…

Photo: From the MLK Memorial in Washington DC. Clearly I need to channel that great, peaceful man this morning. It’s cold, ya’ll. Seriously, it’s 37 degrees here in the Boston area this morning. I am not ready for this. Now, don’t get me wrong–cold weather means jackets and sweaters, and I rock jackets and sweaters (cuz the cover…