The Layers and Nuance of Privlege

I don't know when I first became aware of my privilege. Maybe it was my first trip to a country of vastly different economic circumstance than my own. Maybe it was the first time I read To Kill a Mockingbird and was confronted by systemic racism. Maybe it was when I started teaching and saw the … Continue reading The Layers and Nuance of Privlege

Bridging the Gap

The other day I went on a field trip with our Family Literacy program to the Museum of Nature and Science. We have had a membership here since Bea was little. One of our favorite activities is exploring the dioramas, the hall of life, and the dinosaurs. As I was talking with other moms, I … Continue reading Bridging the Gap

The Privilege of Getting Away

Last week, we made the trek up to the Black Hills of South Dakota for our triennial family reunion. Especially since becoming a parent, I look forward to these gatherings. Kids running wild in the field, cousins reconnecting as though no time has passed, reminiscing and retelling the same stories, laughing, crying, singing hymns, watching … Continue reading The Privilege of Getting Away

Acknowledging Privilege

I've never really been into family history. I know vague details - my paternal grandmother's family came over from England in the early Mayflower-ish days; my paternal grandfather's family came over from England around World War 1; my maternal grandfather's family came from Germany.... I have access to more details, but just have never really … Continue reading Acknowledging Privilege

Privilege of Choice

When Frank and I got married, we decided we wanted to wait three years before having kids. While neither of us were old, I was in my late-twenties, he was in his mid-thirties and we had done a lot of world exploring before meeting. We still had things we wanted to do together and places we wanted … Continue reading Privilege of Choice

The Weight of Privilege

I've never thought too much about the Israeli-Palistinian conflict. I remember hearing about it in the news growing up - stories usually more on the side of Israel's point of view, rather than balanced reporting. After moving to Paris, I began reading news stories told from a different point of view, as France seemed more sympathetic … Continue reading The Weight of Privilege