The wind picks up again and grabs all the dead leaves off of our lawn. I cheer as they fly directly into our neighbors yard; sweet relief and good-bye to all that work. Moments later the wind laughs at me as it changes direction and brings them back, two-fold, securing them all in our bushes. […]Read More Late Fall in Chicago
The two ladies standing beside me were as frustrated as I was. We had descended into the dark T station, waiting for the next train – way too long ago now. The trains kept coming and the crowds surrounding us kept pushing in. We had no way of making our way into any […]Read More Making Room- On the T, In our World.
The kids are already heads down and eyes glazed over as they stare mindlessly at their electronic devices. The car is quiet as we begin the 5 hour journey back to Chicago. Another family visit for the holidays becomes a memory. For once, I’m not behind the wheel. Sitting in the passenger seat I […]Read More There’s No Place Like Home
Remember when I wrote this? I meant it. I meant every word. But over our holiday break we had some good family time and great conversation. Yesterday I was bragging to my sister how awesome Abbey’s teachers at OPRF – her high school- were. So many good ones, but I really appreciate her math teacher. […]Read More My Thanksgiving Turkey- Where Thanks is Due ,Part 2!
Will’s Thanksgiving project from last year is still sitting on my desk. It’s a rather large cardboard turkey with big tail feathers that have drawing and messy handwriting all over them, describing what he is thankful for. He’s included The Best Teacher Ever, My Family, The Army, My Math Teacher and Schools. It’s all very […]Read More My Thanksgiving Turkey
Last Sunday night, Johnathan and I talked about growing up in an interracial family in Mississippi, going to high school in Lancaster County, his experience at the University of Virginia and how we as white people need to be an active part of the work for racial justice. I wanted him to be really honest […]Read More Let’s Talk About Race- My Conversation With Johnathan Perkins
Twenty three years ago I came home for Christmas after spending the fall semester in Jackson, Mississippi. I went because college was depressing and I needed something that gave me purpose. I was not someone who went into those years of my life with specific plans, I was one of the lost ones. If you know […]Read More Meet Johnathan
Thin places, where the distance between heaven and earth collapses… Monday morning I woke up, surrounded by sleeping children who had decided to camp out in our bedroom while Drew was away. No one was stirring yet and the house was still dark and completely quiet except for the whirring of the bedroom […]Read More Thin Time
She takes the cart as we walk out of Costco. It’s full of heavy items and she’s just been teasing me about getting old and not having the strength to push and lift. She loves to tease me so I’ll just let her have it. She gets to do the pushing. As we […]Read More Fat Ass, Girl.
If you know me, you know I’m not a person who would call myself patriotic. But I’ve been thinking more and more about freedom in this country and how I’ve used it and taken advantage of it. This July 4th, I give thanks for my freedom and my country. I am thankful that I live […]Read More Sweet Freedom