Words I don’t want to hear: Boys are easier.

Words I don’t want to hear: Boys are easier.

I have heard, more times than I can count, “It’s easier to raise boys.” These words have come from pregnant women and fathers-to-be, the childless, and people who have already done the work of growing their children into adults. This is, I think, one of those things we are just supposed to accept about the world. Boys are easy to raise; girls are not. For a time, I believed this was the truth about childrearing. I had heard it so…

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Goodbye, Prince

Goodbye, Prince

When I was four-years-old, I received as a gift a Show’n Tell record player.  This device was a marvel. Not only did it play records, but I could watch (in filmstrip fashion)  whatever story was coming from my 45s. In a perfectly animated still, I could see Bert’s furrowed brow as he vented his frustration over Ernie’s latest mishap; I could see the surprise on Baby Bear’s face when he found his chair was broken. Picture books were fantastic, yes,…

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Universal Racism

Universal Racism

I was recently selected to be one of the participants in this year’s Boston’s Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) show. I am nervous, excited, and grateful. Having been through two rehearsals now, I am confident this reading will be exceptional. I feel honored (and truthfully a bit surprised) to have found myself part of a group of such incredibly talented writers. I am beyond impressed by their willingness to so honestly and beautifully tell their stories. Although I don’t personally…

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I met a Trump supporter and I liked him

I met a Trump supporter and I liked him

Recently, the BFF and I were at a concert. We are always giddy when we get to see our favorite band live, but this night we were even more excited because a friend of ours (whom we met a year ago at another show) was going to be proposing to his girlfriend on stage, during the band’s set. (It was beautiful, she said yes.) Being in such good moods, we struck up a conversation with the man standing next to…

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Book Review: The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood

Book Review: The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood

I have been on a memoir kick lately. Perhaps because the current state of my own life is such a mess, I’m in need of a little perspective or solidarity- that whole misery loves company thing. It’s quite an experience, reading the details of another’s life, and I am always in awe of these individuals who so bravely share their stories with us. A few months back I read The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood and…

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