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For awhile my boys felt like they were out of my reach.  Last Fall, when I wrote this heartbreaking post, I’d been feeling this intolerable fear that I wasn’t what my boys needed me to be. After the post, My friend Jodi texted me, “are you okay? What is going on??” I tried to explain […]

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A few days ago, I took my boys to our favorite haven on Lake Michigan.  Last summer, the three of us made the 45 minute trek to Lake Michigan just about every Saturday. But this year, I’ve had an indoor/outdoor apartment pool which has significantly slowed our beach going ways. It hit me last week, […]

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A few weeks ago, Dave & I stepped into a cold, dingy, wooden, sterile court-room. I’d brought pertinent papers in a legal pad folder, with a soft, squishy front panel.  We waited for so long that I ended up sitting on my folder because my butt bones hurt.  Even to my behind, this room was […]

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One of the best parts of parenting is doing ALL THE THINGS I’m interested in but would never make time for without my curious boys.  I love monkeys, apes, chimps.  The whole primate family & I are family.  I’ve taken to subtle yet manipulative manuevers such as checking out every library book that has anything […]

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I am racially Italian-American & African-American.  I am a biracial, self-identifying, culturally & ethnically black American woman living in the segregated Midwest.  I grew up in Detroit, one of the most segregated cities in America. I am often mistaken for being Latina-American & one time, white.  Outside of the U.S. in countries as varied as […]

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I was editing a few beach pictures the other day.  We’d taken a mini staycation for Labor Day weekend to South Haven, MI.  We live about 45 minutes away from one of the most beautiful shorelines in the States: Lake Michigan on the Michigan side.  The beauty of this particular giant body of water is […]

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Dear Over Sharing Mama, I feel you.  Sometimes, I confess, I over share because I feel woefully inadequate as a Mama.  At least I think that’s why underneath it all. I upload copious amounts of instagrams appropriately hashtagged #momlife. Yet, as to motive, I’m in deliberations about all this.  Hear me out. One time I tweeted, […]

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“WHAT IS IT?”  I hear my 7.5 yr. old screaming from the other room. A bit of explanation from my husband. “BUT, WHAT. IS. IT? DADDY TELL ME NOW!” A bit more explanation from my husband.  A bit of laughing.  A bit more frustrated tones from the son. “IS IT AN OCEAN?  IS IT EATING […]

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