On average, there were 96 such incidents among at least 400 police killings each year that were reported to the FBI by local police. The numbers appear to show that the shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., last Saturday was not an isolated event in American policing.
Exactly. What happened in Ferguson, MO was not an isolated event in American policing and THAT IS NOT AT ALL OK.
We need to change this sh*t right now and we all need to do more than just post about how upsetting this is (yes, it is and posting does raise the profile of this important injustice). Thank you to my friends everywhere who are speaking out, standing up, reaching out and trying to act to make America safe and fair for everyone of color. We seem to have a long road ahead but please don’t give up - I want this to be better for all the kids of color. Now.
playing in the water and going to swim class together
his first winter-holiday season! his first birthday (and all the ones to follow too!) (SO EXCITED FOR THESE!)
exploring the holiday lights along the streets and homes in our neighborhood
introducing him to our many holiday celebrations - sockmas, clixmas, solstice, hannukah, halloween, xmas, 12th night, favorite day, etc.
helping him learn to tie his shoes
listening to him sing, singing with him
splashing in puddles together
exploring nature - taking him to see big redwoods, the ocean, the mountains, tidepools
learning things with and from him
building his trike and helping him learn to ride it
taking him to see tigers and elephants and so many other majestic creatures
cooking & baking
taking walks every day
taking him to Disneyworld
listening to whatever he chooses to share with me - be it babbling now, ideas and stories through the years, dreams and hopes, frustrations, fears … just listening to what his words and his eyes and his creations say.
making holiday decorations and presents
running & skipping along our route
taking him to school (or homeschooling him)
helping him with art and science projects
folding laundry while telling each other jokes (a family tradition)
teaching him how to drive
helping him move into his first apartment
and so much more.
i am so, so in love with our amazing baby boy and so excited and honored to be his mama and nurture him and share his life. it gets more incredible and wonderful (and yes, exhausting, but that’s ok) every day.
i miss colorado. a constant low-level ache, constant longing. the wide open spaces, horizons, mountains, plains … but my people are mostly all on the east-coast.
I might be about to start posting about our adorable baby son on tumblr. For those who want to read such things or see photos of him, you should follow our just-us-league tumblr.
My personal musings - and probably soon a lot more of my landscape photography - will remain here. Lately, most of my photos have been portraits and I kinda like that :)