DEAD BECAUSE OF WHITE SUPREMACY

Susan Bro and Mark Heyer, the parents of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was run over and killed by the man who rammed his car into a crowd of demonstrators opposing the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., have brought some sanity to a situation that in simple terms is…

BACK TO SCHOOL WITHOUT SHOPPING

Somebody or something ought to put a stop to this nonsense. It’s not going to be the merchants. It’s not going to be the whining kids. And it certainly isn’t going do be the already up-to-the-limit credit card balance. Seems like all we’re left with on this issue is the parents.…

OCTAVIA BUTLER — THE GENIUS

Octavia Butler – from my scrapbook memories My  buddy Octavia Butler has a full-scape fabulous  headshot plastered on the entrance wall of The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, in San Marino, Calif. “She did it,” was all I could say — and I said it out loud as I…

O.J. Simpson Wouldn’t  Impress My Mother

  My mother was a kind lady. She impressed everyone around her with good deeds. Her children knew her to be kind but stern. She took a straight and narrow path when it came to raising us. Apologies weren’t exactly the order of her day. She gave few and never appeared…

CHRIS ADAMS – A CHILD AT RISK?

Listening to the experts, parents will be convinced that allowing their children to continually watch television is a bad thing. Listening to Chris Adams, he’ll tell you the boob tube pretty much saved him from what the same experts would call troubled years of growing up. He was born in…

ONE GIANT STEP TOWARD SANITY

 TIME TO BRING ABOUT A CHANGE? “That’s no fun,” whined 3 year-old Bianca.   Rachel, Mrs. Anderson’s 5th grade daughter, claimed boredom on the 3rd day after school let out for the summer.   Tamika and her best friend Joycelyn, both high school seniors, crawled out of bed somewhere around noon and…

BLACK GRANDMAS NEEDED!

They’re everywhere. You’ve seen them and maybe didn’t pay much attention. But I do. Parenting is my business, so I’m on the alert with each and every scenario that I have the opportunity to watch unfold. From the wretched parents who allow their kids to rip and run through the aisles in the…

PARENTS SHOULD BE IN CHARGE OF ELECTRONIC GADGETS

Summertime and the usual nonsensical dilemma of who runs the household – the adults or the children – comes into question.  While this is an ongoing episodic issue in far too many American households, it tends to escalate as soon as the offspring are released from their school campuses for…

 A MEAN DAD’S DAY CELEBRATION

It was the great cookout.  Neighbor’s gathered to celebrate their block’s new dad and the old-timers in attendance thought they knew it all. ALL FOR THE NEW DAD? The barbecue that was cooked on the fancy new grill Mr. Montgomery, the host, received from his bunch of kids was lip-smacking…

MY KID DIDN’T DO IT

“Them  boys didn’t do that,” Myricks maintains ,”they aren’t those type of boys to do that.” Darius Smith killed by off-duty officer Smith’s mother goes on to say, “she doesn’t believe the son who loved video games and dreamed of playing in the NFL would rob. . ..”  Our children’s…

GRADUATION’S 20 PERCENT

Getty Images- Obama White House Archives Graduation is a special time for families.  Students take the spotlight http://talkaboutparenting.org/wp-content/uploads/Pomp-and-Circumstance-Graduation-Walking-March-Song-Extended.mp3 whether it’s the now-celebrated moving  on from kindergarten     Pasadena High School Graduation or the old-time high school or university academic accomplishment.       Praises, shouts, slaps on the back…

OUR UNCHECKED MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

“Suicide is a viable option. But what if I don’t complete the task and I’m maimed for life — then what? “Damn!” Total depression to be followed, having experienced this missed opportunity to end life’s woes and now facing the final chapter of a life, replete with a growing list…

MOTHER’S DAY ISN’T ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE

For the mothers who delivered babies and were caught up in the crack cocaine era of the 1980s and 1990s, Mother’s Day has a different place in their lives. If drug use was suspected and the testing results were positive, a mother in the hospital for delivery had her newborn detained and…

THE UPRISING – WHERE WERE THE PARENTS?

“Hey, wait just one minute, isn’t this just around the corner from Barbara and Elzie? I shrieked at our television set as I watched throngs of people, my people, swarming into the streets overturning cars, throwing bricks, rocks and bottles and lighting businesses on fire. The intersection of Florence and…

AROUND THE CORNER FROM LA LA LAND

Family members never gave us the information as to who our minstrel relative was. “He’s related” was all I heard back from my mother after spotting this old-time photo among her boxes of treasures. I grew up in Los Angeles around the corner from La La Land. There wasn’t just this mysterious…