Sunday, August 30, 2015

Move-In Weekend: Sophomore Girl

This weekend we drove the Girl down to college and moved her in to her new dorm, which is much more like an apartment, really (in my day, all the women on our wing shared a bathroom down the hall and the tiny room I shared with my room-mate had no air conditioning - Bruce!).  We also did the necessary provisioning at Target and H-E-B, of course.  Some of her friends helped her and her room-mate get unpacked - so nice.  

The Girl's classes don't start until tomorrow but she has homework already and is also busily recruiting new progressives to her causes.

We are so proud of that Girl.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Corpus Realtor Jokingly Threatens to Masturbate on Breastfeeding Mothers In Comedy Skit

A Corpus Christi businessman who does comedy on the side recently posted a comedy sketch of himself on his toilet criticizing mothers who breastfeed in public and comparing it to masturbation.  As horrible and not-funny as that is, the big problem was when the skit went on to say that he would masturbate on mothers he saw breastfeeding in public.  Doing this would, of course, be sexual assault and local mothers have been outraged by his skit, complaining to local news outlets and spreading the word on social media.

Yesterday, he apologized for his skit going too far on KZTV but I personally still found his apology rather fraught with excuses, especially when he claimed he was getting death threats.  I have no way of knowing if that was true, but seeing as how his comedy skit threatened to sexually assault women, I am not sure he has any room to complain.  I believe that he meant it as a joke and not an actual threat as he says, but there is nothing funny about either sexual assault or about persecuting nursing mothers.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club: Vaccines

August is World Vaccination Month, so this installment of the Subversive Children's Book Club feature children's biographies of Jonas Salk, American Hero.  Do not get pulled in by the dangerous pseudoscience, mamas - vaccinate your children!  Enjoy!

  • Splendid Solution:  Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio by Jeffrey Kluger
  • Jonas Salk:  Conquering Polio by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
  • Jonas Salk and The Polio Vaccine by John Bankston
  • Jonas Salk:  Creator of the Polio Vaccine by Salvatore Tocci
  • Jonas Salk and The Polio Vaccine by Katherine Krohn

Happy Women's Equality Day!

Today marks the anniversary of when the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was actually certified into law, giving women the franchise.  Again, Mamas - never forget the struggle!  Always vote!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

National Breastfeeding Month: Black Breastfeeding Week

The theme for the August 25- 31 part of National Breastfeeding Month is Black Breastfeeding Week:  Lift Every Baby.  Resources and activities for Black Breastfeeding Week can be found at

Sunday, August 23, 2015

First Phone

We are dealing with some scary medical stuff at our house this week - scarier than usual - so it has been a little hard to focus on the unfolding beauty that is our lives together in all of its tiny growing manifestations.  We do try, though.  I notice the little corn plant on the edge of the grass by the street as we walk into the Lone Star Baby's school; it has somehow escaped from the corn they have planted inside the fences to be free, liberated corn out on its own in the world.  My bean plants have sprouted so quickly.  The teaching assistant from the Lone Star Baby's preschool who cared for her in morning care and was the person I entrusted her to on all those difficult mornings when I had to leave my toddler unhappily behind turned up in morning care at the Lone Star Baby's school...dropping her own first grader off, a child who was an infant back in the latter days of the Lone Star Baby's morning care at the preschool. It was so nice to see her.

And, of course, whatever else is going on, the march of the Lone Star Baby's creeping adolescence and growing independence makes its little steps inexorably forward.  One step that she is quite taken up with these last few days is her first cell phone. Had she started sixth grade at the big middle school like she wanted to this year, I would have gotten her a cell phone and paid for its upkeep as I would have felt we needed it to stay in safe enough contact while trying to get her safely home from school in whatever kind of arrangement we had cobbled together.  Since I was not comfortable with the idea of such cobbling and have made her stay at the little Montessori charter (I know - charter schools are wrong), I did not think she needed a phone.  She really wanted one, though, and asked if she could pay for a pay-as-you-go flip-phone and minutes for herself out of birthday money and allowances. After we talked rules and the total absence of privacy required by me, I agreed, and now she has a trac-phone and is learning how to text old school with the numbers and having a wonderful eleven-year-old girl time with it. It's adorable.

I am trying to remember to treasure everything and I am praying a lot.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club: Back To School

This edition of Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club features school stories in honor of all of our children who are heading back to school over the next few weeks.  These stories are set in large part, though not entirely, in schools.  Do enjoy!!
Primary and Lower Elementary
  • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  •  Virgie Goes To School With Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
  • Our Peaceful Classroom by Aline D. Wolf
  • First Day In Grapes by L. King Perez
  •  Nasreen's Secret School by Jeannette Winter
  • Sister Anne's Hands by Marybeth Lorbiecki
Upper Elementary & YA
  • The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill
  • Double Dutch by Sharon Draper 
  • The Landry News by Andrew Clements
  • Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez
  • Standing Up To Mr. O by Claudia Mills
  • The Alice Books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Hip Hop High School by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
  • The Highest Frontier by Joan Slonczewski

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Happy Women's Suffrage Day!

On this day in 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote, was ratified by Tennessee, giving it the two-thirds majority it needed to pass.  Remember the struggle, Mamas!  Always vote!

National Breastfeeding Month: Breastfeeding In The Community: Wherever Moms Are!

The theme for the United States Breastfeeding Committee's August 18-24 portion of National Breastfeeding Month is Breastfeeding In The Community:  Wherever Moms Are! This week is dedicated to action and education about the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act and on support for nursing in public spaces.

It is important that women and girls witness nursing in public so that they will learn about nursing their own children - it has to be part of the culture around us if we are to meet our public health goals.  Also, nursing mothers cannot reasonably be expected to give up participation in society if we expect people to nurse nearly long enough.    Has anyone ever bothered you or anyone you know about nursing in public?  What did you do?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Inch by Inch, Kiddie Pool by Kiddie Pool

I don't know why "fall" tomatoes and peppers need to be put in at the hottest point of the summer, but that is so the only time one finds them at the garden stores, so I got my little container gardens set up yesterday.  After my whole hives episode that I strongly suspect was due to the Vitamin D supplement I took, I am not going to be taking that supplement anymore, but I still do need to increase my Vitamin D levels so hopefully the need to water these vegetables (with my hand-held hose, people) will help. 

I put tomatoes in the tires:

In the nightshade garden, I put in tomatoes, chile peqins, serrano peppers and another ghost pepper:

I planted a cowpea bed:

 I planted a bed of okra seeds from my grandmother:

I planted two different basil plants:

I staked my grape plant to a little trellis:

And that is all for now!

Prima Camp 2015

I'm so glad that even though this was a crazy-busy summer, we got to squeeze in a little Prima Camp with these girls last week.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Netflix Offers Unlimited Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave In The First Year

I may have said a lot of unkind things about our corporate overlords, y'all, but announcements like this one have to make you think.....


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Praying for Jimmy Carter

I read news reports today that President Carter has cancer that has spread to other parts of his body.  I hope he is okay.  He is, for certain, a great national treasure as well as a spiritual leader. 

I was about five years old in 1976 when Carter ran for President.  I clearly remember my mom and my madrina running around chanting "Carter, Carter, he's our man!  We kicked old Satan in the can!"

I still feel that way about him. I will be holding him in the Light.

Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club: Compassion

I am starting to repeat myself too much on our Wednesdays.  I think I am just going to have to start buying more books...tsk, tsk.... 

This edition of Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club includes a lot of oldies but goodies in terms of books to help waken compassion in our children.  Enjoy!

  • Faith The Cow by Susan Bame Hoover 
  • A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
  • Sister Anne’s Hands by Marybeth Lorbiecki
  • Uncle Willie and The Soup Kitchen by Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan
  • Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier
  • The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
  • Daphne’s Book by Mary Downing Hahn
  • Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
  • Petey by Ben Mikaelsen
  • The Landry News by Andrew Clements
  • Crash by Jerry Spinelli
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.