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My aunt just shared this FB page with me, and it's really cool. They're trying to get pictures of 'vanilla' dads doing the hair of their 'chocolate' kids for Father's Day, so if this is you, please participate. If we were going to do it, we'd have to stage the picture because I always do the hair. Ah, well. They also have REALLY cool hair styles with tutorials if you're interested in doing something unusual with your children's hair, no matter what texture of hair they have. The page is called Chocolate Hair/Vanilla Care. Click it to check it out.
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I'm so excited, an article I wrote for Today's Mama was published this afternoon! It's called Brightening the Darkness: Growing Up With Foster Siblings. About a year ago, a reader wrote to me, wondering if 'Kergulen' was shaped by foster care experience. At the time I hadn't really thought about it in those terms, but now I realize he was right. I guess we're all shaped by our experiences, and that shaping shows itself in the things we do and create.
Here it is, if you're interested:
My parents were foster parents before I was born, so you could almost say I’m not their first child. My earliest memories include a ten-year-old girl named Andy who used to roll up in the covers like a fruit roll-up so I didn’t have any...read more.
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A very short video of Trooper wearing his shower cap in the sprinkler.
The following is a letter that was sent to me a while back. When I told my friend about it, she said, "What? That's so Sixties!" Since it wasn't posted publicly, I'll refrain from mentioning the name of the sender. I also took the liberty of correcting some Nook-induced typos.
So enjoy your blog I especially liked the books that have different races for children to read. When my youngest was little she fell in love with a black baby doll. The doll was a beautiful baby. She carried it every where and people would ask why I let her have this doll. I said she loves it and it's beautiful and makes her happy. Oh to have eyes like children we might please the Lord. Again I love reading your books, first time I ever read fantasies your writting just pulls me into the story that I feel part in it. Have a wonderful week.
Sent from my NOOK
Thank you so much for sharing! It's awesome that you let your daughter have a black baby. I don't know if I ever would have thought about doing that if I hadn't gotten into all this intercultural study stuff for Trooper, but it's a really great idea for kids to have toys and friends of all types.
It kind of irritates me that people would ask you why you let her have it, but good for you for sticking up for your choices. Trooper also has a black baby doll, and at least one person has asked why he has a baby (not about it being black). I said I think it's good for boys to feel comfortable with babies, too, and he's going to need the same parenting skills a girl will. It WAS a little strange when he brought it to church and then put it in the toy bag. People kept seeing it looking out and thinking I had a real kid in there :). It's a fairly life-like doll.
Thanks so much for commenting and sharing your story. It's encouraging on so many levels
What do you think? Why should or shouldn't kids play with dolls and toys featuring people of different races?
While on this topic, I'll mention that I've added some books to the kids' book list:
'The Snowy Day' and 'Pete's Chair' by Ezra Jack Keats. The first is about Pete, a dark skinned boy, playing out in the snow, doing all the things kids would do if left to their own prerogative. The second is Pete coping with a little sister taking his place as the baby.
'Crouching Tiger' by Ying Chang Compestine features a Chinese American boy whose grandfather comes to the U.S. from China and shares some of his culture. It was a little too old for Trooper, probably better for six years and up.
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There was a story on the radio today about how people are missing out on life because they're so busy filming and taking pictures of it. Some studies are being done that show we don't remember as much about events or things if we take pictures of them, unless we are closely studying the thing and taking pictures of specific parts of it.
I thought it interesting because I had just been thinking about that very possibility. Sometimes I wonder if I'm missing things because I'm always taking a video. Like at the pow wow last week, when I could barely see the dancing because I was watching it on the camera screen, or when I couldn't tell if the coconut was rotten because it didn't show up on that little rectangle. My special events have become two by two and a half inches.
I'm not really sure what to do about it, because I love having videos to share and look back at, and I want Trooper to be able to look back on them later in life and see in concrete form that he was loved and had many adventures, even if he can't remember the specifics.
But I believe that living in the present is more important than documenting the past, so I'm going to have to at least be more mindful of what's happening when I'm filming.
What do you think? As always, I'm interested in your thoughts and experiences. Please share here or email me firstname.lastname@example.org .
I just wanted to let those who are waiting know that I AM making a little progress on book three, Alonca's Quest. My hope is to reach 80,000 words tonight or tomorrow. So, I guess I'm close to half way there with the first draft. Then there's the hard work of rewriting, editing, formatting, and all of that, so don't be thinking next month or anything, but at least I'm getting somewhere.
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This week we had the privilege of attending the Drums on the Pocomoke pow wow in Pocomoke, Maryland. We saw some cool arts and crafts and dancing, as well as hearing some original music. I was hoping for some traditional food, but maybe next year. If you're interested in seeing a couple bits of it, click away! If you want to check out Sue's shop online, it's tigersdendesigns.com.
I'm posting three silly Trooper videos this week. The first is 'Trooper Singing', where you get to see Trooper making up his own song. The advantage to him writing his own song is that no one can tell him he's off key :) . The second is 'Trooper and the Coconut', which should probably be titled 'Jonathan and the Coconut', but Trooper is cuter. It was our cultural experience for the week, and I admit it didn't go so well. The third video is 'No Shorts!', a clip of Trooper walking around in the yard, silently protesting his shorts. I don't think I'm going to post the videos of him SCREAMING about his shorts, because I don't want child welfare to come after me. I mean, I know he's crying about having to wear shorts, but anyone else might think we had put him in a chest full of scorpions or something. He leans toward the dramatic.
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I got a handy hair tip from a friend who used to have dreads. Now I can do Trooper's hair in 2.5 to 3 hours instead of 4, woohoo! Now if I could just keep him from running through the sprinkler without his shower cap, it would stay nice.
I'll be posting a lot more videos next week, but for now, enjoy this video of Trooper's hair and the other new posts.
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Here's a link to my first review as a 'real' reviewer on Underground Book Reviews! I can't tell you how excited I am to be listed under their reviewers, both because it's an honor and because it means more exposure to potential readers.
The review is of a zombie novel that I really enjoyed despite it being completely NOT the kind of thing I usually read. It has more typos than I like, more gore than I like, more profanity than I like, and zombies... did I mention zombies? But it hooked me from the beginning and kept me clicking that page turn throughout.
Anyway, if you're interested in reading the real review or checking out quality indie book reviews, click here.
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