Category Archives: Friends and Family

33

There’s something about palindromes that I enjoy. I don’t think there’s anything unique about that. People seem to generally like symmetry, patterns and repetition. 33 is a short palindrome, not like race car, but there’s even something appreciable in its simplicity. It also happens to be the age that I’ll be in two weeks. Palindrome […]

The Haircut

For most of my life, I’ve had some form of long hair. There were the ill-advised early years of cornrows: And then whatever this was: But for the most part, I’ve stuck with the tried and true afro: I’ve had haircuts before, but I typically defaulted back to the afro with any number of excuses- […]

The 5th of July

Today is my son’s 11th birthday. I celebrated by looking up whether life insurance policies pay out in the case of suicide. I cried silently in the back seat on the ride into work this morning, but thought to myself, “Hold it together for now. You have to walk past the Bushnell to get to […]

The School Walkout

On the morning of March 14, 2018, students all over the country participated in a school walkout to protest gun violence and to honor the seventeen children killed in Parkland, FL. In a lot of ways, this was inspiring, seeing thousands of kids believe in a cause and actually try to do something about it. […]

Pie For Breakfast

Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, my mom makes an extra pumpkin pie for me to take home.  It’s one of my favorite things about the days after the holidays, just knowing that there’s a pie in the fridge.  And one of my favorite things about having that pie is I get to eat pie […]

Thank Goodness For Santa Claus

As a kid, Christmas is the best.  You get a week off of school.  You get to eat lots of cookies and candy canes.  And you get presents.  There’s nothing at all to worry about.  As a parent, Christmas is still the best, but it’s different.  There are worries for the parents.  When are we […]

Christmas Decorations

One thing I love about this time of year is all the Christmas decorations.  And one of the best things about having a kid is having a good excuse to go around looking at all the decorations.  Ever since Thanksgiving, we take the long and winding way everywhere we go, just looking for more decorated […]

The Nutcracker

Yesterday, I went to see my daughter perform in The Nutcracker.  The past few years I have brought her to watch The Nutcracker, but this year she got to be onstage.  She was a reindeer, a trumpet playing angel and a bon-bon.  Technically she wasn’t the star of the show, but why get hung up […]

The Need to Know

On April 10th, 2017, around fifty five million children, from pre-school through high school, went to school. At least one of them didn’t make it home that day. Jonathan Martinez, eight years old, was killed when Cedric Anderson shot him. He shot and killed his wife, Elaine Smith, and wounded another student before killing himself. This appears […]

A New Life

Today, my niece Khalia was born. She came into our world at a healthy nine pounds, five ounces. She is my brother’s first child, and my first niece or nephew. I’m surprised by how excited I am at the prospect of being an uncle. I love kids- babies and children and even teenagers. I like talking […]