The True Third Party

There is so much digital chatter about a divide between two groups in this country that I call home. While I do see clear delineations on certain issues, there is more to the story. There is more to us, my fellow humans and I, than some cookie-cutter distinction between two groups for an entire setContinue reading “The True Third Party”

31 for 41: Little Hands

Dear Donovan, During the time that I stayed at home with the twins, I was able to enjoy watching them pop up each morning, ready for the day.  They awoke each day happy and optimistic, even before they could voice this optimism.  I cannot remember what prompted the thought, but one morning as I watchedContinue reading “31 for 41: Little Hands”

31 for 41: The Pursuit of Happiness

Dear Donovan, The fourth day of July is just an ordinary day in Bolivia.  That’s where I spent our Independence Day in 1998.  There were no fireworks or cookouts in the rural town of Colon Sur, of course.  The only celebration was just three young college girls from the United States enjoying some strawberry sodaContinue reading “31 for 41: The Pursuit of Happiness”

31 for 41: Why I Stand

Dear Donovan, In 2001, during my senior year at UNC-Chapel Hill, I spent spring break on the Cherokee Reservation in North Carolina.  A group of students was there to do service projects, and one of our conversations had been around the efforts to preserve and revive the beautiful Cherokee language.  One day, a lady whoContinue reading “31 for 41: Why I Stand”

31 for 41: Politically Correct but Socially Unkind

Dear Donovan, I don’t have to tell you that many humans seek to label other humans.  With a white mom and a Dominican dad, you have lived it.  You witness people trying to balance their desire to be politically correct with a sincere curiosity.  Because you have been viewed as white, Latino, and mixed, youContinue reading “31 for 41: Politically Correct but Socially Unkind”