Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Anaphylaxis Awareness Day

Today is Anaphylaxis Awareness Day.  A lot of my family's life is organized around avoiding anaphylaxis but, in many ways, we are also always dependent on the caution and awareness of others because we do not live in a world where we are not affected by the actions of others.  Go to the Food Allergy Research & Education Blog for more information on anaphylaxis.

Thank you for learning!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Feliz Dia de las Madres!

Happy Mother's Day, Mamas!  

I have seen a lot of trending media today tip-toeing very carefully around the feelings of non-mothers (?) as if a celebration of mothers diminishes those who make other choices or have other destinies.  I think it's a bit silly. There are all sorts of ways to be yourself and to contribute on this Earth - celebrating others does not denigrate you.

Mothers contribute so much and deserve to own those contributions like everyone deserves to own their contributions to this orbiting community of souls.  Also, honestly, no one but no one gets the kind of daily denigration and disrespect and blame that society deems reasonable to lay at the doors of mothers so we definitely deserve to celebrate! 

Have a lovely day. Own it and love and raise your voice!


Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club: Teachers

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, this installment of Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club features a few fun books about teachers and students.  Enjoy!
  • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  • The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill
  • Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

National Teacher Appreciation Week

This is National Teacher Appreciation Week.  Today, May 5th, is also the day when, in 1925, John Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution to his students in Dayton, Tennessee. This week, let us honor all the brave teachers who fight for knowledge and progress in our classrooms and in the minds and hearts of our nations' greatest resource - our children.

Bernie Sanders for President!

Hey!  Bernie Sanders is running in the Democratic primary!  I was scared he was going to run as an independent and hand the election to a Republican who would dismantle the EPA and appoint a slew of anti-woman, anti-minority-voting Supreme Court Justices and I was getting kind of mad at him.  Him running as a Democrat is a whole different thing, though! He definitely has my primary vote!

R.I.P. Police Chief Floyd Simpson and CCISD Director Michael Torres

It is a sad week for the citizens of Corpus Christi. My prayers are with the families of these great men.

Sunday, May 03, 2015


These last few days, it is hard for me to keep up the rallying cry to mamas to go out and do something  - though certainly we need to keep doing it.

The news is just kind of overwhelming lately. Baltimore.  Nepal.  Our governor calling up troops because he is worried the feds are trying to steal our guns (dude - if you are not from Texas and haven't followed this story, it is not a joke).  A state representative from Tyler trying to make it the law of the land that women have to carry dead and dying fetuses to term whether they want to or not.  I love Bernie Sanders but am afraid he is going to get someone like Rand Paul elected. Ebola can apparently be transmitted through the semen of survivors for much longer than people knew.  All that sort of thing.

I am still calling my representatives and sending the e-mails and such, but could really use some good news or a period of peace.  Wouldn't that be nice?

But keep the faith, Mamas.  One foot in front of the other.  Together we march.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Praying for peace and praying for justice for those who are oppressed. It is shocking how many people still close their eyes to the racism that ignites nights like last night.  We cannot build peace on oppression - we have to build it on equality - all of human history shows us this.

Monday, April 27, 2015

April Currently Reading....

For me:
  • The Moral Underground:  How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy by Lisa Dodson
  • The Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez

To My Kid:

  •  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

What are you reading this month?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Prioritizing Citizenship

I am having a very busy weekend.  I had Girl Scouts on Friday night, a work thing on Saturday morning, more Girl Scouts on Saturday afternoon and I have way too many term papers that still need grading. I still need to do the grocery shopping, I wish I was out playing with the tadpoles with my daughter, and the house is just going to have to stay dirty.

That said, I took an hour (it is kind of a laborious process) to email every member of the Calendars Committee of the Texas House to explain why they needed to keep HB 1865 from getting set for a vote on the Floor.

If it's important enough, Mamas, we have to find the time.  Please find it.

Action Alert: Kill HB 1865 in Calendars

More action is needed on HB 1865, Texas Mamas. This bill would make it almost impossible for regular citizens to contest illegal permits when corporate polluters want to push them through and hurt our children through their greed and negligence.  The bill has passed out of the so-called Environmental Regulation Committee and is currently in the House Calendars Committee chaired by State Representative Todd Hunter from Corpus Christi.  Please call or email every member of the Calendars Committee and ask them to make sure that HB 1865 never sees a vote on the House Floor.

Hurry, Mamas!

Chair:Rep. Todd Hunter
Vice Chair:Rep. Eddie Lucio III
Members:Rep. Roberto R. Alonzo

Rep. Byron Cook

Rep. Sarah Davis

Rep. Charlie Geren

Rep. Helen Giddings

Rep. Patricia Harless

Rep. Dan Huberty

Rep. Eric Johnson

Rep. Ken King

Rep. Lyle Larson

Rep. Four Price

Rep. Debbie Riddle

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez

Working On My West Nile

Things have gotten awfully tropical around here lately. Even though we are still under drought conditions because apparently the lake where are water comes from is the one place where it barely rains at all, everywhere else is flooding regularly.  I have been very lucky about the commute to and from work, but I am often concerned about it.  The agricultural fields along the highways are like bays full of little waves.  It hasn't dried out enough to mow (with an electric mower) in ages and our yard is getting jungle-y.  The mosquitoes are a scourge.  Even I am happy when I hear the mosquito trucks are coming, although I am generally much opposed to such things.  All the changes in weather patterns all over the place are so disturbing.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club: Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, today's installment of the Subversive Children's Book Club deals with books that have environmental, nature and vegetarian themes.  Save the earth, y'all, and enjoy!

Primary & Lower Elementary:

  • I Love Animals by Flora McDonnell
  • Madeline and The Bad Hat by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • How Droofus The Dragon Lost His Head by Bill Peet
  • Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
  • A Prayer For The Earth: The Story of Naamah, Noah’s Wife by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
  • The Big Big Sea by Martin Waddell
  • Three Days on A River In A Red Canoe by Vera B. Williams
  • Pond Year by Kathryn Lasky
  • Wangari's Trees of Peace:  A True Story of Africa by Jeannette Winter
  • Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed The World by Laurie Lawlor
  • City Green by Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan
  • The Earth Book by Todd Parr

 Upper Elementary and Teens:

  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Exodus, Zenith and Aurora by Julie Bertagna
  • Flush by Carl Hiaasen
  • Girlwood by Claire Dean
  • Scat by Carl Hiaasen
  • Crash by Jerry Spinelli
  • Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
  • The Wheel on The School by Meindert DeJong
  • Owl In The Shower by Jean Craighead George
  • Skink - No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
  • The Carbon Diaries 2015 & The Carbon Diaries 2017 by Saci Lloyd
  •  Standing Up For Mr. O by Claudia Mills
  • The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  • Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
  •  The Highest Frontier by Joan Slonczewski