1. Anonymous said: Are you Irish-American?

    This being Tumblr, I feel like if I say no, you’re going to tell me that I’ve acted in a culturally insensitive way to Irish-Americans since I’m not Irish-American. (Relax people, I’m just teasing. I actually love the social justice and cultural education scene and on here, it’s a big part of why I stick around. Don’t send me hate mail.)

    Anyway, I don’t really consider myself anything-American, tbh, just American. My father’s maternal grandfather was Irish (not sure if he was first or second generation though), and he married a Native American woman, so not a whole lot of Irish tradition/pride passed down through that line. My other ancestors (with the exception of my maternal grandfather, who immigrated here from Belgium when WW2 broke out) came over from England in the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. Not too exciting, huh.

     

  2. Milo hit a major milestone today. It was his turn to hide in hide and seek, and he actually stumped me for a full five minutes.

    Between that and buying his school uniform today, I’m feeling a bit emotional about my baby growing up. *Sniff*

     
  3. This is what Milo picked out for Zachary. Milo looks like an investment banker, Zachary looks like he should be serving up ice cream at a drugstore in 1915.

     
  4. Went to buy an outfit for an upcoming wedding. I was thinking maybe a short sleeve button down with khakis, something simple, but Alex P. Keaton here had other ideas. Feeling the dream of seeing one of my kids playing onstage with their death metal band ebbing away. 😢

     

  5. somamasays:

    We have been desperately trying to rehome one of our dogs due to them not getting along. Separately they are both sweet girls. Also, due to future plans, we cannot keep both dogs at the same time, no matter what, which means if I can’t rehome one of them them I will have to surrender one of them…

     
  6. my-tardis-sense-is-tingling:

    These tweets (and one retweet) are from my friend Ryan, a journalist who has been on the ground in Ferguson for the past few days. (His Twitter account is here, and it’s a great source of updates on the situation there   [x]).

    I just wanted to remind everybody that while spreading word about Michael Brown’s unjust murder and the horrifying events of the night of August 14, 2014, please do not oversimplify or ignore the complexities of the situation.

    Some journalists in the town have been doing what journalists do: focusing on all the negative aspects about the community to try and make it look like a hell-hole in order to sell their own pictures and stories, and basically all many of them want to do is further their own careers. But focusing on all that negativity only paints the picture of one side of the story, ignoring a lot of other important things going on there.

    Please do not fall prey to the media’s game. Anger at the actions of the police in Ferguson is totally justified, but in the midst of that we cannot allow the people who are living with the situation every day to be dehumanized. Despite all this tragedy and chaos going on around them, they’re still a community and in many ways they’re pulling through all of it together. They want peace. Anyone looting or burning things down is a very small portion of the community. The whole story is so much bigger.

    A story doesn’t need tear gas to be interesting. We need to hear every side of this story, not just the horrific parts.

    TL:DR: please don’t fall prey to media attempts to dehumanize and oversimplify the situation in ferguson!!

    (via jurassicaaaa)

     

  7. letterstomycountry:

    A little bird has informed me that Anonymous has made a call for national protests over Ferguson.  From the press release:

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    For Immediate Press Release: National Day Of Rage

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    To all who are reading this,

    We are Anonymous.

    We call upon the citizens of the United States to rise up and stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson. They are currently fighting for their right to peacefully protest. The media will have you believe that these protesters are looters and criminals. This is certainly not the case. As we’ve seen tonight with our own eyes, the police began preemptively striking the protesters with tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash bangs. We’ve seen journalists assaulted and arrested, targeted by tear gas and rubber bullets, and told to turn off their cameras and move away or be subject to arrest. We witnessed as police threatened demonstrators to DISPERSE AND RETURN TO THEIR HOMES, and then firing tear gas in people’s own yards.

    We cannot sit still and watch this happen. It is our time to get off our chairs, turn off the TV, and make ourselves heard. Let us all stand in solidarity with Mike Brown, the people of Ferguson, and every single person that was brutality murdered by so-called authority.

    Anonymous plans to assist with protests by leaving our keyboards and going on the ground with the people. Our collective will join those who demonstrate on the streets.
    ***DAY OF RAGE, AUGUST 14TH 2014***
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    CITIES (Hours correspond with local time for each city):
    ________________________________________
    CHICAGO - 6:00PM (Richard J Daley Center, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, Illinois 60602)
    DETROIT - 7:00PM (Hart Plaza, One Hart Plaza, Detroit, Michigan 48226)
    NEW YORK - 7:00PM (Lower Manhattan: Union Square; Upper Manhattan: By Morningside Park entrance @ 123 Street and Morningside in Harlem; Brooklyn: Fulton Park in Bed-Stuy; Queens: Baisely Pond Park, Jamaica, New York 11436)
    WASHINGTON D.C. - 7:00PM (Malcolm X Park, Washington, District of Columbia 20009)
    BOSTON - 7:00PM (INSIDE BOSTON COMMON near the corner of Beacon St and Park St in front of the Massachusetts State House)
    LOS ANGELES - 4:00PM (LEIMERT PLAZA PARK 4395 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008)
    NEW ORLEANS - 6:00PM (Lafayette Square, New Orleans, LA 70130)
    (If your city is not mentioned, now is the time to organize.)
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    *=+*+=Wear red ribbons or arm bands to show your support.=+*=+*
    #StandWithFerguson #OpFerguson
    Expect Everyone.

     

  8. riseofthecommonwoodpile:

    funny how a bunch of white people can violently harass people going into an abortion clinic and the cops never show up even when they’re physically touching the patients against their will but if black people organize a totally non-violent and non-confrontational protest after a member of their community has been murdered they bring out the police dogs and shotguns and claim it’s going to be a riot lol

    (via megwhat)

     
  9. Brothers who play together nap together. Who needs a double stroller?

     

  10. letterstomycountry:

    LTMC: And how much did the state pay to institute the drug-testing program?  Every state that has implemented welfare drug testing has discovered that the government spent more on the drug tests than it saved in benefit denials.  It will be a good day when this misguided policy dies a fiery death.

    (Source: think-progress)

     
  11. stele3:

    Ferguson Police have dogs and shotguns. The unarmed crowd is raising their hands.

    For anyone not following the Mike Brown story on Twitter: a 17 year old black boy named Mike Brown, who was supposed to start college tomorrow, was shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri by police while jaywalking. He was unarmed. He was shot 9 times.

    Initial media reports claimed that an 18 year old black man had been shot and killed while fleeing police after shoplifting.

    People in the neighborhood, including members of Mike Brown’s family, came out of their homes and began to protest, shouting “no justice, no peace,” and keeping their hands in the air.

    Media reports claimed that a violent mob quickly formed around the shooting location shouting “kill the police.”

    Spread this. Tell the truth about what happened to this boy. Tell the truth about what is happening NOW. The police and the mainstream media is painting him as a criminal, and his community as a violent mob.

    SPREAD THIS. Don’t let them lie.

    (Source: whatwhiteswillneverknow, via librarianpirate)

     
     

  12. Milo has recently become slightly obsessed with flamenco (“flamingo”) music/dance. Apparently they had a flamenco lesson at camp from their teacher (this is what happens when your mom makes you go to Spanish language day camp), and a few performers came in as well to demonstrate flamenco guitar. By the end of the “music” week, Milo had a new passion. There’s nothing quite like having your four year old plan his next birthday party to include flamenco dancers and musicians. Luckily, we’ve got another 10 months before his next birthday, plenty of time for him to find something else not quite so expensive-sounding that he’s interested in doing at his party.

    As part of the flamenco craze, he started begging for a guitar of his own. I told Matt that maybe we could find an inexpensive ukelele to get him, something he could mess around with. Yesterday, Matt came home with a mandolin that he found at a yard sale. Milo went wild for it (I cringed a little, knowing how difficult mandolins are to keep in tune, foreseeing tearful episodes of mandolin-related frustrations in my future), and hasn’t let it go since then, even bringing it to bed with him last night.

    After their bedtime books, I usually sing them some songs. Last night, Milo announced that he was going to sing us a song that he wrote on his new “guitarra.”

    "This is a song I wrote, mama, it’s called Love Song." He strummed the mandolin, and sang us this:

    Sometimes when you fall in love
    it is with your best friend
    because they are very nice and have a pretty shirt,
    but sometimes it is not love
    but just friends and that’s ok too
    people can also have two daddies and no mommies,
    that’s no reason not to love them.

    "That’s how the song goes, mama, that’s all I wrote so far."

     

  13. Does anyone want to share any advice/tips on how to help a kid (who is otherwise completely accident-free) to not wet the bed at night? I feel bad for the poor little guy, but I don’t know what else to do. We limit liquids two hours before bed, I wake him up around 11 when I go to bed so he can use the bathroom, but still, no luck. Last night, he was already soaked when I went in at 11, so I changed him and put a towel down underneath him, but he was also soaked again this morning when he woke up at 7.

    I don’t mind washing the sheets every day, but I know he hates it. He was wearing a pull-up at night, but I thought maybe that was just prolonging the nighttime issues, so we went cold turkey off of it. He just turned 4 in May…is this fairly common for boys? Do we just give it some time? He’s a really deep sleeper, one of those kids that could sleep through an earthquake, which I think is part of the problem.

    In other pee-related goings-on, the two year old is determined to not encourage my hope that he might potty-train a little early or easily. We have the same conversation every day:

    Me (brightly, all chirpy enthusiasm): “Zachy! Do you want to sit on the potty! You can pee in the potty just like Milo! You could be a big boy like your brother!”

    Zachary (kindly, but determinedly): “I not a big boy, mama. I a baby. Sweet baby!”

     
  14. Um yeah, this is Michael Fassbender performing a song from the movie “Frank” which you should all go see. Not pictured, me dancing next to both him and Dominic West later on. Also, in case you were wondering, yes, he and Dominic West are both incredibly handsome in person. #frankthemovie #michaelfassbender (at The Westway)

     
  15. I don’t think you can make it out in this pic, but off to the side one neighbor has a full bar set up. He’s not alone in this endeavor. Man, I love this neighborhood. #brooklynblockparty