A Mom's Eye View of Ferguson

In 1973, when I was 7-years-old, my parents bought a house in a small bedroom community near the town where we lived. While Mom and Dad agreed that they both wanted to move, this particular house was my mother's doing. The middle class neighborhood full of neat little mid-century split-levels and ranch style homes with tidy yards was 100% White and my father wanted nothing to do with it. Yes, from 3rd through the 6th grade I was one of only 5 to 7 Black children in a school of approximately 400 students. The other Black families lived in a subdivision on the other side of the school....more
The riots/protests were a direct response to what the people perceived to be a blatant and ...more

An Open Letter to American Girl: An Update

I just want to say to Lisa Owen that she did a great job at sending her letter. I was sad to ...more

An Open Letter to American Girl: Why Are You Retiring Girls of Color?

As many of you may know, my girls and I are huge fans of American Girl dolls. Thing 1 and Thing 2 have several dolls in their collection, as well as books, clothing, furniture, and all kinds of fun accessories. Last week American Girl announced that it will be retiring four of its Historical Dolls: Marie-Grace, Cecile, Ruthie and Ivy. With this announcement I am forced to focus on what has become for me a troubling marketing practice of this doll company" their lack of diversity in their product offerings. ...more
AlexandreaMerrell Lisa Owen I agree that American Girl has a wide variety of Like Me dolls for ...more

Things We Should Have Learned from the Dust Up between Jay and Bey's Baby Sister

Jay Z & Beyonce perform at CoachellaPhoto Credit: vibevixen   ...more

I Was Racially Profiled and This is What I Did

This morning, after I dropped the girls off at school, I donned my mom uniform (jeans, t-shirt, flip-flops, purse and sunglasses) and went out to run some errands. I needed to get them done and get home before noon because this weekend has the potential to be just ridiculously crazy-busy. I need to get prepared. So, off I went.       ...more
Shellireads No, coupons don't quite make this okay, do they? Adds insult to injury. Good for you ...more

In Grandma's Footsteps


A Few Thoughts on: Education, Gwyneth Paltrow and World Vision

Things were very quiet here on the blog last week.  I was around but, I was quite crazy from a lack of sleep due to my 7 - year - old's month-long bout with insomnia.  As you can imagine, when your child can't get to sleep or stay asleep, you don't get to sleep much either.  Some nights we slept a total of two hours and by last week it had all caught up with me.  I was pretty much incapable of carrying on a conversation for longer than five minutes so, obviously writing blog posts was out of the question. ...more

Born Strong

Ladies, while growing up and expected to be "the weaker sex" , at what point did you feel strong and what made you feel that way?  I'm paraphrasing but, that was the question that author, college professor and fellow blogger Rebecca Hains asked her readers recently on her Facebook page.  After giving it some thought I discovered that this is a harder question to answer than I thought it should be, but I couldn't figure out why.  Why couldn't I think of when I felt that it was okay to be strong or that moment that made me feel strong? ...more
Barbarahughes  I think most of us grow into our strength later in our lives particularly after ...more

Nelson Mandela Dies at Age 95: We Will Remember His Legacy

[Editor's Note: South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 on December 5, 2013. His legacy of non-violent action for racial equality will be remembered as it was by Lisa Owen, who wrote this beautiful post earlier this year when Mandela was admitted to the hospital. --Grace] ...more
It's one of the saddest day in history. He will be remembered always as a man who devoted his ...more

Why Does That Black Girl Have a White Doll?

Recently I was in the airport with my family when something happened that really bothered me. So much so that now I have to talk about it, because that's what I do, I talk about stuff. Especially stuff that bothers me. My daughters, Thing 1 and Thing 2, were with me and, as usual, each of them had brought along one of their dolls as a traveling companion. This is one of the dolls that was along for the trip: ...more
This was a really interesting post and I've never really thought about the things that you deal ...more