Quiet Thoughts: Ask the Right Questions

Photo: Old colonial architecture and beautiful autumn colors–Autumn in MetroWest Massachusetts is perfect marriage of two things that I absolutely love.     My lesson for the week: Ask the right questions. Unfortunately, a lot of the times, the answer is really, really not what you wanted. I’ve been asking all week, “do you think that…

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Quiet Thoughts: The Victory Lap

Photo Credit: Heaven is a boat with a fishing pole. While I’d prefer that the boat be in the middle of the beautiful and sacred Chesapeake Bay, I’ll settle for other places, too. This was in the harbor at Portland, Maine and it was pretty lovely. I’m having a bit of an affair with Portland…shhh…don’t…

A Little Devil in Us All

Photo credit: Wikipedia “Wow, you had your dad come down here to tell on me? That’s such a nigger thing to do.” It was the day after my father, a six-foot-four, two hundred and fifty pound Black man, came down to the neighborhood pool to have a friendly chat. Speaking very politely with the tanned,…

Quiet Thoughts: Loud House, Home House

Photo: A collaborative effort between Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. I’m calling it “Joy is a Collaborative Effort.” Glitter glue and colored pencil on white paper. It’s Friday morning. One of the last Friday mornings of this incredible summer, and I’m feeling really good. I got up at 6 to bake the weekly muffins–the husband…

Big Picture, Small Picture

Photo: I’m calling this one “Tyranny is the Color Purple.” Marker and colored pencil on white paper. I’m feeling really liberated today. The plumber and the electrician went through the house and confirmed that the house needs $50k worth of work… and we only have about $30,000 to play with. We’re throwing the fish back,…

So Many Things…

Photo: Vacation in the south. Will I make it there or will my sons drive me to insanity first? We’ll see…   Let me start this post with a big Holy Crap moment for me: I crossed over the 600 follower mark this weekend! Whaaaaaaaaa??? What are you and why are you reading about my…

A Plea From the Silent (and Invisible) Majority

Photo credit: Odenton Patch  A picture of a neighborhood similar to where the student in my story lived. When I was student teaching outside of Fort Meade, Maryland, there was a Black teacher on my grade-level team who asked if she could take me on a field trip after work. “For what?” I asked her–I…

A “Make It Work” Moment

Photo: Ursa Minor at the old place. During the better times. The not screaming through meals times.     I wish I could have written this morning, but Ursa Minor is going through the “I scream through dinner, eating basically nothing, so then I wake up at 6am hungry” phase. So when I thought I’d…

Excuse Me While I (Try and Fail to) Resist Insanity

Photo: One of the last pictures I took at the old apartment. The boys decided to help me pack a box of their clothes. Maybe we made a mistake when we moved here? Maybe most of our recent decisions haven’t been good ones? Shall I tell you about the home inspection? Are you ready to…

Of Transience and Homemaking

  I am a woman moved. I’m sitting in the middle level of our townhouse, my front door is open to let in the light (the storm door is locked, but you and I both know that this is not really secure), the screen door that leads to my deck is open, letting in a…