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September 2, 2014

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10/04/10

Simplify Me, Part 2.

I don't know about you, but when I saw the cover story of this month's Tulsa Kids, the first thing I wanted to know was, "Who has it the easiest?" Not that I'm looking for an easy life or anything. I mean, really, what woman wants things easy? No woman I know. Uh-uh. Not at all.

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05/06/10

Garbanzo Bean Brownies!

As promised in this month's TK issue, here's Jona Eastman's well-loved Garbanzo Bean Brownies recipe. I'm making it tonight for dessert. My husband and Eli will be the taste testers. I'll let you know what they think.... but without further ado: Ingredients: 1 1/2 c. carob semisweet chips* 2 c. garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed 4 eggs 1 c. sugar* 1/2 tsp baking powder Instructions: Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl melt carob chips in microwave for 2 minutes. In blender or food processor, combine beans and eggs. Add sugar, baking powder, and chocolate, process until smooth. Pour batter into a 9” or 8X8” non stick pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Jona's notes to the baker: *You can use regular chips instead of carob if you don’t like the...

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04/08/10

Meeting Minnijean

Last month, I had the great fortune to meet Minnijean Brown Trickey, who-- as the National Women's History Project puts it-- "was only sixteen years old when she became involved in one of the most pivotal acts of the American Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century." Brown Trickey was one of the Little Rock Nine-- the group of African American teenagers who courageously integrated that city's Central High School in 1957. I took full advantage of the opportunity to ask Ms. Brown Trickey for advice on how to raise my son to be open and welcoming of diversity. Two points she made resonates with me. First—she said that she told her children as they were growing up, “Bring me a little bit of everything. Make our lives interesting.” Second—she told herself, “Make sure not...

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04/01/10

More on the YWCA's Anti-Bias Curriculum...

I have pages upon pages of notes from my interview with Mana Tahaie, Director of Racial Justice for the YWCA Tulsa, on ideas for raising/encouraging anti-biased children. The article in this month's Tulsa Kids features some of the main points. Over the next couple of weeks, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I'll post some of the other points gleaned from that conversation with Mana, as well as thoughts from other mommies I've talked to about the potentially difficult topics of race and ethnicity. For today, here's a little more on the NAEYC-approved anti-bias curriculum the YWCA Tulsa is planning to use in their early childhood education program. The NAEYC goals for the curriculum are: 1. Nurture the construction of a knowledgeable, confident identity as an individual and as a member...

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Simplify me.

01/28/10

Simplify me.

I've been trying to think of ways to simplify without getting rid of what my family and I need. For example, yes, my son's closet and dresser drawers are overflowing with clothes and blankets, along with the huge storage tub we've filled with his newborn to 12 months, completely adorable, memory laden, little person clothes. Why is it so difficult to let this stuff go? Well, I can name a few reasons. First off, what if my husband and I have another baby boy? No, we're not expecting at the moment, but when we decide to "expect" again, I'm told there is a 50% chance we'll have a little one who might look good in some of Eli's disproportionately blue secondhands. And then, there are the memories previously alluded to. How... please tell me how... can I ever dispose of the first...

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