STOP THE KILLING

“But not in my neighborhood” is the all too familiar phrase we hear folks utter when killings happen just around their corner. 4-year-old Salvador Esparza III was visiting Altadena from his home in Monrovia, just a short easterly drive down the 210 freeway, when a bullet to his head prevented…

THEY DIDN’T MEAN TO DO IT

You can count on major accidents  when the 4th of July rolls in.  http://abc13.com/news/teen-may-be-blinded-after-fireworks-accident/1412816/ What about the rest of the year? An accident? Simply put, the word means it wasn’t intended for the action to happen. Therefore it was an “accident” when the six year-old found his mother’s loaded gun…

PICKING KID’S FRIENDS?

With great gusto, mom told me how she’d gone to visit her kid’s elementary school teacher because something needed to be done about the miscreant in the classroom Huh? Mom wanted the teacher to sit the unpleasant second-grader somewhere other than next to her kid and she wanted the teacher…

A GIFT FOR DAD

(Image-http://www.fathers-day.tk)   Did you forget?” asked the downhearted dad. “I didn’t have any money and my credit cards are maxed with too many cash advances and late fees” Should Dad have really been downhearted because his adult son LeRoy didn’t have  a Father’s Day Gift for him? That’s a dumb…

KIDS AREN’T BORED

Who says the little ones get bored? Bored? Kids bored? Maybe they’re looking to be entertained. Maybe, just maybe, they’ve picked up this phrase from listening into someone’s conversation and thought it sounded like something they should pursue. When a 7-year-old claims boredom and the parents feel obligated to fill…

ZOO-MOM ESCAPES CHARGES

  You’ve already heard the story because everybody has: Four-year-old kid falls into gorilla enclosure at zoo; Harambe, the 17 year-old animal, drags kid through the moat (where kid landed after the tumble); Zoo officials shoot and kill the gorilla. Everybody’s talking: Some say the boy’s parents were negligent; others…

NOT TOO YOUNG TO BE POLITICAL

EXPOSE THEM TO THE PROCESS Your kids, the young ones, get to vote – well, sort of. If they’re the size to reach the practice voting machine and if they’ve got the strength to punch the ballot card with the little gadget, AND if you take ‘em with you to…

The Long Journey – Mental Health Month

     She told her sister that she’d danced that day for her high school counselor.      Not hardly the truth, I reasoned.      Calling the school the following day, my daughter’s counselor said not only had she danced but she had climbed on his desk to do…

5 WAYS PARENTS OUTSOURCE

Raising kids is a tough job. There’s no other way to put it ‘cause it’s a career that’s so much more in-depth than the job description outlined. Who ever let it be known to us that it is a 24/7 piece of work? Who ever knew what we  were actually…

MAKING MOTHER’S DAY MATTER

Looking back., I guess that could be called reflecting, I’m pleased to have forgotten Sunday, May 8th, was Mother’s Day and a time for created celebration. This special day in America is marked by great commercial success providing huge profits for the floral industry, the confectionary folk, and restaurant owners…

MOTHER’S DAY BEHIND BARS

Maria may never see her children again. They were born in America but she was not. When released from the sentence she is serving in a California State Prison she, according to speculation by folk knowledgeable with these situations, will be deported to her home country. Celebrating Mother’s Day is…

STUPID KIDS. STUPIDER ADULTS

He thought it was the smart thing to do. So did his female counterpart. They were both stupid. But then, kids are stupid. Well, that may not be the best way to say kids who are eleven years old don’t have brains that are too much developed. That is to…

TRUMP ON THE PLAYGROUND

What to tell her handsome young son when his classmates assured him his days at “their” school were just about over because Donald Trump would make sure he was on the other side of The Wall to be built by the Mexican Government. Mom wasn’t a person known for paying…

CHICKS AND BUNNIES

What to do for  Easter preparations?    Chocolate candy shaped like a bunny rabbit doesn’t have to be in the Easter basket.    Those brightly colored jelly beans could also be left on the supermarket shelf. When there’s a buck to be made and they’re bucks to be spent, who’s…

BAD PARENTS DON’T CELEBRATE

Dr. Mae C. Jemison, first African American woman in space   I forgot to remind my kids in February that it was Black History Month. They didn’t even go to the parades held in their different communities. They are all adults.  Did I do something wrong in their early years?…