raising cocoa children in a bittersweet world

Where are their comfort dogs?

At first, I thought that comparing the experiences of the slain children in Newtown to the slain black and brown children across this country was insensitive. I thought that it … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 3 Comments

In memoriam: Remember their names

First graders. Teachers. Principal. Psychologist. Charlotte Bacon, 6, Daniel Barden, 7, Olivia Engel, 6, Josephine Gay, 7, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6, Dylan Hockley, 6, Madeleine F. Hsu, 6, Catherine V. … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Still Here

Hey everyone – I know it’s been awhile, but we’re still here! I take full responsibility for the quietness of this site…but if you didn’t know, I had a baby! … Continue reading

July 28, 2012 · 9 Comments

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree

  My four year old precocious, bright, funny, gorgeous son… is a pimp. Ok maybe not in the 1970s Blaxploitation sense.. but he definitely brings all the girls to the … Continue reading

April 1, 2012 · 5 Comments

dying in the streets

i wasn’t even going to comment on trayvon’s death. so many others have said so many eloquent things that i just didn’t feel the need to add anything. but then … Continue reading

March 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

Out the Mouth

“If you speak Chinese, you must be white.” ****** The other day, my son, age 6, my daughter, age 4, and my husband and I (age 30 something) were driving … Continue reading

March 2, 2012 · 3 Comments

I Pledge Allegiance?

For the last two weeks, my daughter has been making the same observation wherever we go:  “Look, Mommy; the American flag!…God Bless America!”  We don’t talk much about the flag … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · 8 Comments

This Child’s Mama

As a vocalist, and a obsessive music devourer, I cannot help but be saddened by the death of Whitney Houston. Even though I generally don’t cry and carry one about … Continue reading

February 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Hair Therapy

When she was a young girl, Little M dreaded having her hair groomed.  Sure, disentangling and combing her kinky hair would require some uncomfortable pulling and tugging, but she feared … Continue reading

February 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

Let Go?

Thursday evening, my recently-turned-six-year-old was vomiting bright green bile. The bright green was a progression from the yellow of earlier in the day. At about six o’clock, as he lay … Continue reading

January 31, 2012 · 7 Comments
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