Tag Archives: The Basics

The Puerto-Rican, Chinese Baby

Perhaps I live in a bubble, readers. The type of sanitized, hermetically sealed environment where no one bats an eye at my mixed-race family. As a matter of fact, women usually coo at my curly-haired, rosy-cheeked daughter, with her impish smile and cherubic build, still a little rounded out by baby chub. Even grown men […]

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The Upside of Being Different

I was drawing Baby’s bath one tranquil evening this past summer, watching the water pool in the tub, when I glanced at her. She was sitting on a high stool in the bathroom, swinging her chubby legs, and ad libbing the lyrics to ‘ Happy Birthday’. She paused, leaned her head back thoughtfully and said: […]

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New Poll: The Looks of Strangers

“You have a beautiful family,” the young girl told me quietly as we watched Hubby wrangle Baby in his arms. We were visiting the Pleasant Valley Lavender farm in New Jersey, when our visit had crossed over into her naptime. Hubby and Baby had been running—him chasing her, mostly—through the farm’s lush and sprawling front […]

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Now the Law Professors Say ‘Marry Out’

This blog will never proselytize Black women to marry interacially. It is purely for entrainment purposes, and I Have no interest in getting into overly political discussions about who people should marry. It would be bad enough for me to come across like I defaulted to men outside my race because there weren’t enough Black […]

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Product Review: Like—Don’t Love—Shea Moisture

I like this cream for from Shea Moisture, the Baby Head-to-Toe Ointment. I found it while strolling the aisles at Target for Pull-Ups and other Baby supplies for you-know-who.  😉  The cream is very rich, and when you do work it into little elbows, knees, heels and wintry eczema trouble spots, it does keep dry, […]

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Bussing on Valentine’s Day

I remember being a brash youngster in the 1980s. Wherever my friends I gathered—be it in our parents’ living rooms or in the church’s fellowship hall—we would engage in raucous sessions when we took light-hearted jabs at each other. They were like roasts, and we called the whole thing “bussing.”  I think it’s spelled that […]

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Happy New Year!

Here is a quick rundown of what I talk about in the next five minutes:
• Christmas at our house
• quick recaps of party discussions on race and interracial experiences
• a new Duncan & Paulette installment. To find the new installment, just look/scroll down. It’s called “Taking Shots.”

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Enjoy the Mistletoe

One particularly enjoyable Christmas tradition involves hanging mistletoe. Apparently, English farmers gathered mistletoe in bunches and hung them up in doorways, or other spots, to give guys permission to kiss gals whenever they found themselves under it. Every time a couple kissed, the guy had to pick off one of the berries. Once the berries […]

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The Dinner Party

In about 24 hours, a lot of you will be gathering at the homes of family and friends for well-deserved long weekends, and an onslaught of richly prepared foods. If you are like my family, you’ll launch into a rollicking good time, loud enough for the neighbors to consider filing a noise complaint with the […]

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Living in Peace

I don’t know anything about Nichiren Buddhist marriage ceremonies, but after reading about Ronni and Bill’s romance in The New York Times, you can bet that it was beautiful. Especially when you consider that she’s a dancer, with the soul of an artist, and he is passionate about education. Let’s hope they have a happy […]

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