Category Archives: Social Justice

The Day My Father Shot My Mother [The Establishment]

The Day My Father Shot My Mother [The Establishment]

 “I had a quirky childhood habit of sitting sideways on the toilet. It began, I surmise, in our Southeast San Diego house on Manos Drive, sometime after I turned five. Sitting side-saddle allowed me to look in the mirror and lose myself awhile. Perched there, I often acted out scenes from the day’s All My Children. IContinue Reading

10 Things My Chronic Illness Taught My Children [The New York Times]

10 Things My Chronic Illness Taught My Children [The New York Times]

My children have a mother with a chronic illness. They live with my rheumatoid arthritis just as much as I do. I was given my diagnosis when all three of them were young, and since then I’ve spent a lot of time worrying about what the daily uncertainty of my condition would mean to them,Continue Reading

Talking Alton and Philando With My Newly Driving Black Teen

Talking Alton and Philando With My Newly Driving Black Teen

Most mornings, my teen daughter, adopted from Haiti, wakes up and does two things: she reads the world news on her phone and asks me if I can take her out driving that day. She is obsessed with both. Yesterday, she emerged from her room and said nothing. After a long snuggle session, less common inContinue Reading

Medical Marijuana Manages My Chronic Illness (And Makes Me A Better Mom) [Scary Mommy]

Medical Marijuana Manages My Chronic Illness (And Makes Me A Better Mom) [Scary Mommy]

I started using weed to control the chronic pain from my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) after the night I scared the living hell out of my kids. “Sprinkle Butt!” I repeatedly called out to my youngest daughter, my lips puckered in exaggeration. “Come here and give Mommy a big kiss, Sprinkle Butt!” I’m told I also screamed obscenities at theContinue Reading

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