Back in the Habit of BloggingSep 9, 2019
I am out of the habit of blogging. This will not come as a shock to anyone who has been keeping an eye on this space. My little corner of the internet has been pin-drop quiet for quite some time. I took a break in the months leading up to my book deadline — but that deadline has come and gone. I took a break in the weeks after my son was born — he’s eight months old now. I took a break as we closed on and moved into our very first home — we’ve had an entire summer…
Confessions Of A New MississippianOct 22, 2017
The other day, I turned over my expired Texas license and officially admitted to the DMV that I am a permanent resident of Mississippi. I’ve been thinking a lot about what that means. Whenever someone asks me what it’s like living in Mississippi, I always say, “The Help.” To clarify, Kathryn Stockett is a genius, and not just because she captured southern racism. She also gets the unwritten rules and subtext of social life in the deep south. I have no fear of being denied entry into a bathroom. In spite of its baggage (and perhaps a bit because of…
Jordan Edwards, Racism, and the Church: This Is a Family MatterMay 2, 2017
The death of Jordan Edwards is yet another reminder that an honest family meeting to discuss matters of race, ethnicity, and justice is long past due. This conversation needs compassion rather than condemnation.