Sunday, March 5, 2017


I told Skipper, who was deep in an enormous pile of library books, that I was going to the basement to exercise. "I'll be down there for about an hour," I said. "Okay," she said.

Half an hour later, I heard her running footsteps overhead, and then thundering down the stairs. I assumed something had happened, like maybe a package was delivered, or an injured pedestrian at the door needing help. "Mom!" she said, "listen to this awesome tongue twister! Two witches watched two watches. Which watch did each witch watch?" and then she ran back upstairs.

There's a huge stack of books on the living room floor, not all of which have tongue twisters. I've been putting a lot of books on hold for the girls lately, many of them unsubtle attempts to encourage them to recognize a variety of life experience by taking advantage of their baked-in a) love of reading and b) strong desire to empathize. Thumbs up from both of them for Number the Stars, Esperanza Rising and What the Moon Saw. Duchess liked Jazz Day. (Skipper independently checked out of her school library the books George and Wonder, and liked them both very much.) I put a library hold on The Hate U Give for Duchess,* but of course if it's in the house Skipper will read it too. This is a very privileged-educated-white-person approach (one that would be decried by my social-justice-focused coworker, who likes to tell me that "white women cry, black men die"), but I guess it's a starting place.

*Duchess asked me last year "Mom, the kids have been talking about Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. Which side should I be on?" 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

And another book recommendation!

Bird Love
This ad was shown at my staff meeting this morning (because it's women's history month!) and it made me cry.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Skipper is reading in the living room. I'm washing dishes in the kitchen.

Skipper: Mom! I have a predicament!
Me: Yeah?
Skipper: What's a predicament?
Me: Um... a problematic situation that you need to solve.
Skipper: My predicament was that I didn't know what predicament meant.

Monday, February 6, 2017

My second-grader knows more history than the president.

We've been playing "Timeline." And she's reading this book right now with surprising avidity.* So I think she's way ahead of the game.

*Skipper really dives into some surprising books, and then offhandedly rejects all sorts of books I expected her to enjoy. .

Sunday, January 29, 2017

This is also a good book.

Another Day in the Death of America, by Gary Younge.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

I don't live in a hellscape.

I'm just saying.I'm not sure when Donald Trump last saw a place that wasn't a rally, the inside of his living quarters/"work" cave, the inside of a limo or fancy plane, or otherwise buffered from normal life. I don't think that Donald Trump has any notion at all about what my daily life is like.*  Well, I don't think he has any notion at all about what anybody's daily life is like, but I feel especially irked by the way he talks about cities. Cities are awesome. Cities are going to be what saves us.

*This is what my daily life is like (after, of course, I rescue my children from the terrible money-wasting public schools, navigate the American carnage and the burning and whatnot, and get home):