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Chicago, IL, USA
Lesbian Housewife; Adoptive Mother; Recovering Academic; Scribbling Woman
Interests: Faith, Hope, Love and Justice
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I am so glad you made it through those six times, because your work makes the world a much better place. You are one beautiful freak!
Hey folks, Peter's Cross Station is moving. For the continuing (if less frequent) adventures of the LilySea Clan, point your browsers to . All the archives are there too. So if you came to explore our past, we're still an open book. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station
Why are people afraid of the Internet? As far as I can tell, the Internet is a place where, if you can read and if you can write, you can vet people pre-meeting and know how cool they are going to be in advance. Or at least get a good... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station
Recently, an acquaintance ( a straight, divorced woman many years our elder) was telling us about her best friend from college, a lesbian, who lives with her partner of 30-some years in St. Louis. These women are both professionals at a healthcare institution and have worked together their whole careers.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station
Maybe he should just laugh a little more Englishly. Not quite so heartily.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2010 on Excerpt at Peter's Cross Station
hmmm... reading it over here, I am thinking Giles should laugh a little less. No?
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2010 on Excerpt at Peter's Cross Station
I don't have much nonfiction to share with you just now. That is, plenty of nonfiction is happening to us these days, but it is not shareable at the moment. Meanwhile, some of you may recall that a few months ago I wrote a scene for the book that I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station
I bought these shoes in Kansas City: (Technically, they came from the Missouri side, but just barely, and I wore them in Kansas.) Nat was extremely upset that I left town with Selina but not her. I suppose that's to be expected, but she had a heck of a grand... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station
Thats a fab idea. He wears a large in tee-shirts and a 38/32 in jeans. Hee hee.
Toggle Commented May 31, 2010 on Kids these Days at Peter's Cross Station
We're having a bit of an extended-family crisis here and Selina and I will be leaving town on Wednesday. Please keep your candles lit for us, okay? Perhaps more news later. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station
Ha! Wish I knew. Just put up with all kinds of crazy for weeks on end, I guess. Theyre getting better at it now. It doesnt help that they are total opposites in their sleep-natures. Selina is a night owl and wants to sleep in. Nat knocks off at 7 and rises at 6 like clockwork. Selina reads in bed alone sometimes and Nat can sleep through her wakefulness. But She cant sleep through Nats in the morning.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2010 on Kids these Days at Peter's Cross Station
Josiah would like you to know that his feet are actually only a size 13. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station
Youre on our list, Andrew.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2010 on Kids these Days at Peter's Cross Station
The boundaries of our family have shifted again and I thought that if I am to keep telling you about our family, some introductions were in order. You may remember Babysitter J, who appeared here about 18 months ago. Well, without further ado, that would be Josiah. Josiah was a... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station
Been here. Done this. But it is unending work. This morning, I got an email from an acquaintance (who is African American) asking me to talk a bit about how I feel about the doubts of Black people about Black-white transracial adoption. The usual questions: should white people adopt Black... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station
A drawing I couldn't toss before preserving. Nat made up a word to tell me what this is. No idea what was in her weird little head. It looks a bit like the number bead trays in the classroom, but when I suggested that, she showed no interest in affirming.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station
I don't update this blog as often as I used to. I try to write something new on a weekly basis, but since becoming more and more involved in work (mostly writing and editing) for pay, I've had less and less time to write here. I don't want to stop... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station
I think you are right--esp. among certain populations. And I think, upon a couple more weeks reflection that no way does Nat have it. Still awaiting the Big Meeting. What was the usual teacher conference turned teacher-learning specialist conference.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2010 on Ejuhmacashun at Peter's Cross Station
Thats just whats been helpful with Nat, Meredith! The teacher has been using an egg-timer to motivate Nat to race the clock. At home, I count to 20 or something and she races around to beat my counting.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2010 on Ejuhmacashun at Peter's Cross Station
Nothing on the teasing/race issue below. We are going to ask about it during parent-teacher conferences which is yet a couple weeks away. Meanwhile, we are finding that even after nearly an entire school year, Nat is still...spacey? Distractable? It's hard to put a finger on, really. Here's an example.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station
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Mar 15, 2010
Sheri Bheri: it is definitely teasing, not just observation. The white boys were being mean and laughing AT the Korean boy. Nat is very impressed with these boys (the teasers) they are loud and rude and she is shocked by their behavior but also impressed by its power and this isn't the first thing she's imitated them doing or saying. It's as much an issue to me that she not emulate them in any way as this particular way. I don't think "multicultural day" really addresses race in any serious way. This school is replete with that celebratory type of stuff. What I want to communicate to nat is that it is not okay to tease someone on the basis of (well, anything, really, but especially, perhaps) race or national origin, etc. But that will mean teaching her about the racial characteristics of Asianness, which the teasing boys see and so must all the kids. We have talked overtly about the difference between skin and hair types in our own family. I am now feeling dumb for not having done the same with regard to other racial differences among the people we know...
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2010 on Help Me Out, Ya'll at Peter's Cross Station
The Problem: Nat is one of three African-American kids in her class of 19 at school. There are also two Asian kids, a brother and a sister (5 and 3). Their parents are first-generation Korean immigrants. When I was visiting Nat's classroom recently, I overheard a couple of the white... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station
No, no, Martha, that's "platypusizing."
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2010 on A Family is...Raceless at Peter's Cross Station
I am never going to find the time to write that polished, brilliant critique of the Rosie Family is a Family is a Family movie. So I'll just keep it short and sweet. Problem One: Unless I missed it, the film contained not ONE single mention of race. There were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2010 at Peter's Cross Station