Unsolicited Opinion: A Thanksgiving PSA

My first video in months is fairly self-explanatory. Happy, happy holidays!


blog links and news to consider

I've been slooowly writing this blog post since Saturday, sharing some of my favorite reads from the past week. The intention was for this to go live Sunday evening, which it didn't. Then the intention was for it to go out yesterday, but yesterday needed to prove itself to be a Mother of a Monday (I'll spare you the details, but will at least admit that I'm working/editing from my bed this morning due the resulting feelings of drain). Despite the tardiness, the links are still timely and I hope you'll enjoy some good reads!

Dear Raven Symone, About You Being “Colorless”… NOPE.


“Raven. ARE YOU WATER? Did Jesus walk on you?? Were you asked to turn into wine one day? Are you odorless, too? NO, RAYVEEN SEEMOAN! NAWL.”

— Luvvie Ajayi, Awesomely Luvvie

I've been mad at myself for 24 hours for not getting this post up on time. But if I had gotten in there I wouldn't have been able to add Luvvie Ajayi's hilariously common-sense smackdown of Raven-Symoné's curious non-identity statements during the former Cosby star's interview with Oprah. Classification is a tough one for Americans, and we all have varying points of view based on our own experiences, but our little Olivia took it to a new level. Wow. The start of Symoné's explanation--"I don't need language..." Well, um, yes, you do, dear. You need language very much, especially if you seem unable to describe your own self. *stepping down off soapbox now* *kisses!*

17 Things you simply must do this fall


via Flickr from The Entertaining House

“In this season we will light our first fires in our fireplaces, our ovens will get turned on once again and sweet smells will permeate our homes and our hearts... We’ll spend more time inside, and we’ll drink warm mugs of tea and cider to warm our hands when the weather turns cooler. We’ll take drives in the countryside and pick apples and pumpkins with our children who will all eagerly await the day they can dress up and collect candy. As the season progresses we’ll gather together with family and loved ones for the holidays..”

— Jessica Gordon Ryan, The Entertaining House

My incredible, fun, fabulous friend Jessica recently relaunched her blog, The Entertaining House. She lives in Connecticut, the state I'd live in if I I couldn't live in South Carolina (well, either there or Virginia)--a state where autumn puts on a spectacular feast for the senses each year. Last week Jessica made a nice-sized checklist to help us get every bit of enjoyment out of the season.

6 Things Westerners Get Wrong About Africa


“Most of my knowledge of African countries stems back to the ads I used to see on TV in the ’70s about sending a quarter a day (a la About Schmidt).” Those were the words of Nancy, whom I consider to be one of my most well-informed friends. I suspect that she’s not alone among Westerners, and for that, I blame the media, which has always painted an incomplete portrait of Africa...”

— Jeremy Helligar, "6 Things Westerners Get Wrong About Africa"

While the author doesn't seem to have read Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", I found this to be a quick and important read. Just the other day I was preparing questions for the conference I'll be attending in Washington later this month and I was trying to find the right frame to lure the speaker into an answer that might depict a clearer vision of some of the continent's socially stable and economically active countries. As America seems to become increasingly insular, our perception of the rest of the globe--particularly Africa--seems to narrow as never before, despite the digital age's intent to bring the world closer together. Check it out for a closer understanding of recent headlines.

My Garden Chores For October 2014


“Even if you can’t weed, exactly, deadhead your weeds now and discard the seeds deep in the woods or somewhere they cannot resprout. Fewer seeds now, fewer weeds next year.”

— Margaret Roach, A Way To Garden

Yeah. I've completely slacked off on everything garden or yard related. Does it count that--after delegating pooper-scoopering to Jr and it not getting done--I contracted a pooper scooper guy? (that poor man--my doggies have no scruples about where or how they doo)

Not a 'PTA' Mom


“I used to make terrible judgments about what it meant to be a “PTA mom,” which stood for “Perfect Type A.” I envisioned a carefully coifed, cupcake-baking beast of a woman whose pastel capris never bore so much as a smudge of child-effluence, all with a polished smile.”

— Jordan Rosenfeld for Motherlode

A Facebook friend wrote this piece for NYT's Motherlode column. I like to brag that I know people who get published in high places (*wink*). But honestly, Jordan is an accomplished novelist and freelance journalist whose digital and printed voice is always insightful and interesting.