What to do with your disappointment

  Well, so, The Report turned the way everything seems to turn out right now: nothing and everything, everything and nothing. Smoke and mirrors. “Nothingburger” topped with propaganda, served with a side of bullshit. Believe me, Mueller’s report (or, rather, the cliffnotes as handed down by the AG) was a big disappointment for me, too….

Congratulations. We’ve Earned 2 Years of Work.

  I woke up this morning feeling pretty sober. I’m delighted about yesterday’s retaking of the House. That was required. We had no other choice. Having a check on this president is essential for our survival. We stopped the non-stop onslaught. We have not, however, stopped the threat. By winning the House yesterday, we earned…

The One Thing To Do This Week

Photo: Short ribs! I love short ribs and rarely buy them because they are so expensive. Didn’t used to be! But now they are fashionable and what not! Anyway, I braised these with some onions and peppers in red wine, tomatoes, and a bit of beef broth, then shredded them and served them over pappadelle with kale….

[Quiet Thoughts] Let My Heart be Good Soil

Photo: They insisted on being “army soldiers” for Halloween. I’m not going to lie and say that I didn’t have concerns. Ultimately, we parents greenlighted the costumes because 1) childhood is magic and a kid should be what they want for Halloween, 2) possibilities are limitless and there are only a few things I’m going…

Of Bystanders and Participants

  I am raising boys of privilege. Yes, they are of color, too, so they won’t get the full weight of the benefits that entails… but they are boys living as privileged a life as I can give them. They benefit from highly educated parents. They benefit from a safe, well-resourced community. They benefit from…

[Quiet Thoughts] Keep Your Hand on the Plow

Photo: What is more precious than little toes? Little feet that wander the world? They scream of potential. Oh, you have so much to traverse. So many places to go. They are also still clean. Unsullied by the dirt of the world. We kiss little toes and little feet because they haven’t known the true grime…

I’ve Got Soul, But…

Photo: I am not a poet, but when I see this nasturtium leaf, thoughts come to mind. It’s as if the leaf is saying it does not matter where you roam  or just how far you reach, there is always, always a path toward home. All roads will lead you there if you should need….

[Quiet Thoughts] Here for the Work

Photo: How peaceful this photo. There are few things more American than a boy mid-childhood staring down musical notes, instrument in hand. His is a mind engaged in the activities of peaceful learning and growth. This is a house built purely for the benefit of his development so that he may take his place as…

Congratulate the Students, Then Thank a Teacher

  Shout-out to every student who walked out of their classroom today. Shoutout to the kids of Montgomery Blair High School (so proud of you, Blazers!) and other D.C. area students who got on the Metro with their signs and their voices to bring their protest directly to the doorstep of the lawmakers and the…

It Just Keeps Happening

  It wasn’t you or me today, it wasn’t you or me. We went out into the world and came back spared from the bullet spared from the terror of errant guns.   It wasn’t our children today, Beloved. It wasn’t our children today. They got on the bus and returned. We kissed them goodbye…