[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…

Ways to Grow Stronger Ivy

Photo: Ursa Major on the day we brought him home. It was 18 very chilly degrees that morning. He wasn’t handled by a prince, nor was he put into a Range Rover, but it was still a special day. What parent isn’t thinking about those first 48 hours with their first born right now?  I…

Open Season On My Sons

Photo: You see that hoodie now and you think it’s precious. At what age does that preciousness fade away? Every child is precious: Born with incredible potential and beauty. They are born with untarnished honor and worth. Every one of their actions considered to be the most important on earth. Children are a privileged class–and…

New Blood, Old Blood, and What Makes America So Damned Special

Photo: The American side of Niagara Falls. Taken during our first anniversary trip. We stayed on the Canadian side for most of the trip. ( I mean, have you seen that view?) I’m feeling a little patriotic this week. I love history and politics, I love pomp and circumstance, and I have a deep appreciation for…

Oh Icarus, If Only We’d Read Your Story…

    What an incredible week for this republic that I love so dearly. It is incredible that we are in such a thick and prolonged cultural war in this country, and that we’re still debating equality and liberty for groups of people under the law. While I’m elated about the destruction of DOMA, and…

He Astounds Me While the World Scares Me

I was so excited about writing a happy-happy-joy-joy post this afternoon. Ursa Major, in his 2-year-old muchiness, has been absolutely astounding over the last few days and I’ve saved up a few precious moments just for today. Wednesdays are also drop-off playgroup day, so I had 2 hours without him to go about my business, so…

Think Twice Before Deciding That We Don’t “Fit”

  Photo Credit: WTTG Fox 5 DC News Story  I came across this story via a feminist blog that I follow. A summary of the story: A White man takes his three bi-racial (Black/White) daughters to Walmart without his wife (their mother). Someone notices them in the Walmart and decides that he looks suspicious because…

Husband, Why You No Be Bad Cop Sometimes?

  Photo: Ursa Major on the day we gave him his bike… I love my husband, but Lordy, this weekend… he was trying my patience. Our weekends are probably typical for parents with small children: We stay up too late on Friday night, the kids wake up early on Saturday morning so one of us…

Complex feelings after Mother’s Day…

I feel like I need a vacation after this Mother’s Day weekend. My husband put up a valiant effort to make it special: Starting with flowers on Friday (totally not expected!) and a new Moleskine on Sunday (totally asked for). He took care of the babies, all day every day, and I even got out…