Silence Is Sometimes Best

Parenting is tough enough without strangers asking insensitive questions about our children. After a Michigan woman assumed Jeremy Verdusco had adopted his daughter, he wrote about his reaction. How have you handled similar situations? For more posts from Jeremy, visit his blog, blocletters. By Jeremy Verdusco © Jeremy Verdusco I fathered a mixed-race child. Honestly, I […]

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Impact of Race

    Wannabeathlete, a newlywed, writes about the questions she and her husband tackle. I am glad the author, who doesn’t usually write about race on her blog, penned this essay. It has one of the best comeback lines I’ve read for those times when strangers ask ignorant questions. Full Disclosure: I used to be her […]

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Colors

I spotted this at Fierce and Nerdy and just had to share it with Honeysmoke readers. This post reminded me of when Simone and Nadia were infants. (Yes, time goes by very fast.) For this mommy and her beautiful daughter, race hasn’t come up. Color, though, has been an issue. Take a look. By Ernessa […]

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Multicultural Categories

By Karyn Langhorne Folan © Karyn Langhorne Folan I spent an hour or so yesterday completing the forms necessary for my family to travel on our Mediterranean cruise next week. The cruise line asks that you send in your passport information— as well as certain details like your travel plans, your emergency contact and of […]

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SNN: The Most Trusted Name In Tattling

Here is a Honeysmoke favorite that first appeared in 2009. Enjoy! The dynamics of our household changed dramatically the day Simone realized she could tell on Nadia. Since then, our youngest has been accused, slandered, and blasphemed. Simone learned the finer art of tattling in preschool. She spent a year in a class filled mostly […]

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Ladder to the Moon

Ladder to the Moon Written By Maya Soetoro-Ng Illustrated by Yuyi Morales Ladder to the Moon rests on a bookshelf, in my bedroom, where I can keep an eye on it. I bought it for Simone and Nadia, but it is all mine. Mine, I say. I am in love with the writing. It is, […]

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Argan Oil

The beauty aisles are lined with products touting the benefits of Argan oil. The oil has been added to skincare, nail, and hair potions.  If the law of supply and demand is in effect, then a lot of people are demanding a relatively low supply of this oil. I’ve seen it online for as much […]

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Mommy First-Grader

There I was, sitting in the tiny blue chair, parked at the miniature desk. My knees were hiked up to my chest as I listened to the teacher explain all the rules, procedures and expectations. I looked up to her, Simone’s first grade teacher. I had no choice. She stood during the talk while we […]

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Overheard On The Playground

Beautiful Little Girl: Do y’all speak Spanish? Nadia: No, we don’t speak Spanish. Beautiful Little Girl: You look like you do. Simone: Do you speak Spanish? Beautiful Little Girl: Yes. I cannot place a value on overhearing such conversations. While the rest of the world is debating the validity of a fictional book and movie, […]

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