• Diaper Change Gymnastics

    Diaper Change Gymnastics

    The thighs on my 15-month-old are made of thick ham: juicy, but defined. They sit atop bowlegged lengths and meet the certified narrow feet known on her maternal grandmother and aunt. Jai carries the acceleration of…

    July 11, 2017
  • How to Be a Good Mom

    How to Be a Good Mom

    Oftentimes, our popular culture adopts or invents a term or phrase that sticks so perfectly, and defines so succinctly, that there becomes no other way to describe that thing from that moment forward. New words that we can no longer…

    July 7, 2017
  • Houses and School Buses

    Houses and School Buses

    For years, I have piloted the same two recurring dream symbols. Months before my son, Jrue, was born in 2013, my subconscious began a biweekly barrage of dreams connected to houses and school buses. Yep. Houses.…

    June 30, 2017
  • Sitcom Kids
    Kids↹Leisure Reading / TV

    Sitcom Kids

    I live by the creed that life can be either a comedy or a tragedy. Of course, realistically, it’s more a tragicomedy action adventure docudrama, but varies from one end to the next in…

    June 27, 2017
  • Parenting Advice Vomit

    Parenting Advice Vomit

    This week at work, one of the other employees admitted to me that he was going to be a father next January. Almost immediately, I emitted a high-pitched squeal of delight…and began to spew unsolicited…

    June 23, 2017
  • Mommy's Travel Confessional
    Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

    Mommy’s Travel Confessional

    From our home in Georgia to my parent’s home in Virginia lies 572 miles of pretty lakes and weird construction and leagues of expressway, not to mention the largest fireworks emporium in history looming just…

    June 20, 2017
  • Meet Johnny Paden and Jai!

    Meet Johnny Paden and Jai!

    (Photo courtesy of Johnny Paden) Q1: “What is your best quality as a father?” Johnny: “I’m open-minded and relaxed. I’m not going into this with preconceived notions of how parenthood should go for me.”…

    June 15, 2017