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…

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…

Believe It Or Not: Interracial Families are Normal!

I stopped in my tracks when I noticed the beautiful little girl in the new Cheerios commercial. I thought to myself “aww, isn’t she cute.” Then I noticed the white woman in the commercial, and I turned up the sound on my TV. Is that her mom? I wondered… then it all made sense when…

Ain’t I A Voting Woman?

  After the world went absolutely crazy last week, I was reminded with the return of ads and debates that there is a special election here in Massachusetts. We have a primary here next week, and I must say, the field on both sides is rather bleak.  I’m a registered Democrat, and the two candidates…

Ain’t I Worth Saving?

It’s International Women’s Day. I’m sitting here thinking about the state of things. Yesterday, the President signed the Violence Against Women’s Act, with much fanfare and flourish, and I watched it live with happiness. I am blessed to be a woman who has not been physically abused by a partner, but the statistics about domestic violence…

Where is the Lobbyist for my Sons?

I’m having a huge problem with the current news cycle at the moment. There seems to be a complete disconnect between those on the top of our hierarchy and the people who are in the middle and at the bottom. For some reason, I’ve got a President who doesn’t really want to include women or…

Anonymity and the Double-Take

My husband loves Assassin’s Creed. He is currently playing Assassin’s Creed III, and he’s one of those guys who must do everything in a game, so it takes him forever to do anything on the main story line. As a former history teacher, I enjoy watching–and discrediting or confirming–a lot that happens in the game. This game is…