Mommage

I would like to again welcome my sister, Leah Shaw, who you saw in the Eulogy for My Mother post last year. Mom would have been 63 today. We miss her. Also, grief is wierd, and messy, and never final at all. This is a window into both the life, and death, of our mother. … More Mommage

Aftermath

Given that I have worked at two colleges in the past decade, I am facebook friends with a lot of current and former students–many of them are African-American. Yesterday, compared to times when there was media coverage of shootings involving white cops and black men, I saw more collective and individual anger than I have … More Aftermath

Kid’s TV: An example of why being inclusive isn’t some crazy “liberal, left-wing” thing.

A few weeks ago, Paul and I were coloring with chalk outside on the driveway. I decided to draw a princess, and chose a medium brown chalk piece for her skin color. Paul looked over at what I was working on, and said “Mama…why does your princess have brown skin? Princesses don’t have brown skin.” … More Kid’s TV: An example of why being inclusive isn’t some crazy “liberal, left-wing” thing.

Diversity: it’s not just about celebrating differences

“Is your son biracial?” asks the ~17-year old behind our grocery store deli counter, as he flips our cold cuts on to the scale. He has hazel eyes, medium, bronzed skin, and straight, wiry hair. “Well, yes, he is.” I reply. “I thought so. I’m biracial too. He’s a handsome kid!”, the teenager says, directing a grin … More Diversity: it’s not just about celebrating differences