Ever been mistaken for the babysitter/nanny/au pair? Nope

Several years ago, when I lived in Philadelphia, I watched a documentary by a local filmmaker whose children were biracial. She was black and her husband was white. She recounted feeling like she had to carry around her children’s birth certificate for people to believe they were hers. She was being dramatic to make a…

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My 80s Flashback

It was pretty sad to hear that Corey Haim passed away last week. He starred in one of my favorite movies from the 80s, Lucas. While I’ve never owned the movie, I have always loved watching it whenever it came on television or cable. I actually reserve ownership of a DVD for movies that I…

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New direction for Blog

I’ve been brainstorming inside my head for weeks on what to do with my “Chronicles of a News Junkie” blog. It is just sitting in webland, and it doesn’t really go with what I have going on at the moment, i.e., interracial families, parenting, etc. Then it hit me yesterday. Within the last month, I’ve…

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New column on Examiner

I am not going to be posting as many posts on this blog because I have just gotten a column on Examiner.com for Portland. I am now the Biracial Family Issues Examiner. I will post on here from time to time, but it won’t be as often as before. Meanwhile, bookmark this page here and…

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No compassion for you!

Usually people get all giddy when news of a multiple birth gets out. They “oohh” and “ahhh” like it’s a supernatural occurrence when it was just, like, a medical procedure in most cases (people know darn well the female human body cannot naturally become pregnant with more than three babies, please). The freebies abound in…

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Are you okay???

This part tongue-in-cheek article from The Atlantic about the nature of introverts was hilarious, but true. It was written in 2003, but I highly recommend reading it. Being an introvert myself, I’ve had my fair share of questions like, “Why are you so quiet?”, “Is something wrong?” and the ever so popular “It’s not that…

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Nurse Kitty?

A hospital in Taiwan has decided to help birthing moms relax by plastering Hello Kitty decor all over the facility, according to an AP story today. There’s even a giant Hello Kitty figure dressed in a pink doctor’s uniform in the lobby. Seriously. I’ll admit my first thought was that this is a bit nightmarish,…

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Perfectionist-in-Chief

I was talking to a girlfriend yesterday and she asked how I felt about Barack Obama becoming the first black president. Being from Guyana, she said she was used to having black presidents and was curious about how I felt as a black person born in America. For the most part I am still in…

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Thanks for coming!

When I started a blog for our family, I also planned to do a blog of my own. Even though I am currently not writing for a newspaper (as I did for almost 10 years), I still have, uh, not sure what to call it…urges? Other than writing fiction, I just love writing and reading…

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