On Black Children, Playing With Toy Guns

The older boy pointing the neon plastic gun at his brother, saying repetedly, “drop to the ground, drop to the ground!”, with that unmistakeable power-over, claimed authority that comes with being a cop, unaware of which side of that dynamic he’s likely to end up on….There is no amount of self-policing that will keep a black child safe in this country. Continue reading On Black Children, Playing With Toy Guns

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Why It’s Important to Give Your Neighbors Baskets of Garden Tomatoes With Red Checkered Cloths

People of the Pacific NW, White Salmon edition~ Why It’s Important to Give Your Neighbors Baskets of Garden Tomatoes With Red Checkered Cloths- Molly is barking her head off at someone I can’t see past the tall fence and plants. I tell her, “No es bueno!” and whoever is passing by gives a little laugh. A few seconds later the person calls at the gate … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Give Your Neighbors Baskets of Garden Tomatoes With Red Checkered Cloths

People of the Pacific Northwest

Inspired by, but not a twin of Humans of NY, I started writing People of PNW posts on my Facebook page during a time when I was feeling very isolated and disconnected socially. It was a way of helping me notice and highlight the humanity and connection available in little moments.   Click on the “People of the Pacific Northwest” category/tag for the latest editions. … Continue reading People of the Pacific Northwest