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…

And We Shall Feast

Photo: I pray I get a better camera for Christmas. My cell phone camera just can’t handle the awesomeness here. That, my dear friends, is my first Lemon Meringue Pie! And there is a twin Pumpkin Pie that will be consumed alongside it later today! It is the morning of Thanksgiving Day. My menu is…

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,…

Of Joy and Visibility

Photo Credit: HBO. The Wire was produced and filmed in Baltimore. This is a real street in that city somewhere. What a weekend. I am so full of joy! Yet there are things that pull at my today, so I’m writing with a bit of reflection. Let’s start with context: My uncle and his wonderful…

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…

Happy Birthday to My Ever Thirsty Nation

I know that there are people who are going to disagree with me, but I think one of the best things about America and American culture is the way that we choose to fight. We fight all the time. It’s exhausting, it’s all consuming, it’s wonderful. Why would I love the fight? Because I think…

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…

No, It’s Not “Only” The N-Word

Photo Credit: NPR   Wow, it took 99 posts, but here we go. I have to break it out. Paula Deen was fired by the Food Network and “only” for admitting to using that troublesome word, nigger. I’m not going to censor this word. If you are squeamish about the word nigger, go on ahead 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…