Last year we hosted Thanksgiving for the first time ever, and I’d forgotten about it, but last year’s post reminded me that the process of preparing for the meal did not go entirely smoothly. But all’s well that ends well, and it did end particularly well, with a drive-by from a cousin and his family … [Read more…]

The Day After

I am going to try not to dwell on the election here. But first, I’m going to share a few things that happened on just the day after the election, Wednesday: My black friend was jeered at by three jubilant men in a pick-up truck with a big Confederate flag. My friend’s daughter was teased … [Read more…]

Failure Is Impossible.

Months ago, I was at a gathering of smart, community-minded women, and we were talking about the upcoming presidential election. What struck me about the talk was that all of the black women felt sure that Trump would be elected president, while most of the white women were deeply skeptical that that was possible. The … [Read more…]

Cubs Win Without My Vital Support

If I’m counting correctly, it was about 26 years ago that Cute W, another friend, and I decided on a whim to make the approximately 9-hour-roundtrip road trip from our college in the middle of Iowa to a Cubs game. Our girlfriend is a huge Cubs fan, and catching a game at Wrigley field felt … [Read more…]