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"Let’s see, what shall I have my minions do for me next?"

I don’t normally caption Lincoln’s photos from his perspective but I swear he looks like such a punk/thug here.  I had just finished nursing him and I looked down to see this face.  I grabbed my phone to snap a quick photo — the smug look on his face, the laced fingers… it’s too much!  Tony calls this the Godfather photo.  

He is a super sweet baby but when he refuses to sleep, it does feel like he’s a little dictator in our lives.  When our friend Vivian sent us a hand-knit (or crocheted?) blanket and hat, she addressed the package to “Tiny Overlord” and we’ve been calling him that or T.O. for short whenever he’s being uncooperative.  There’s a tiny bit of truth to every funny joke.  

You know, when I found out I was having a boy, I felt a wave of relief that I wouldn’t have the challenge of teaching a daughter how to be strong in a man’s world, how to esteem herself without relying on other’s approval of her body, how to love generously without being taken advantage by jerks.  But immediately after I felt that wave of relief, I realized that I had the heavy burden of making sure my son doesn’t become a jerk.  That he’s kind and sweet and treats women with respect and dignity.  Not sure which is harder.   

pbsthisdayinhistory:

May 2, 1963: The Birmingham Campaign’s Children’s Crusade Begins

On this day in 1963, the Children’s Crusade began as hundreds of students walked out of their classrooms to peacefully protest segregation laws in Birmingham, Alabama. They were met by police officers who were ready to escort them to jail, and later by high pressure fire hoses and police dogs.

It would become a major catalyst for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and usher a new era of freedom and equality in the United States.

Revisit this moment in civil rights history with PBS Black Culture Connection’s Birmingham Campaign collection

Photo: African American children are attacked by dogs and water cannons during a protest against segregation organized by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth in May 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images).

Our country has come a long way — but there is still a lot of ground to cover.

kateoplis:

San Diego Air & Space Museum

There is something about aircraft — wonder mixed with mystery and a good dose of humility.

Oh, hello there! Man, our cats are good looking!

Beautiful lap pool at our retreat house in Santa Rosa.

Love the color of a belgian ale. (15 Romolo, San Francisco)

Please don’t be a bust.

TINY HEROES

We came home on Monday night to find this Mama Raccoon in our backyard, begging for more cat food.  Now that we’ve foiled the skunks, the next challenge is to foil the raccoons.  I feel like we’re in some real-life version of Tiny Heroes (similar to Plants vs. Zombies) where we have to keep upgrading our defenses in order to withstand the next wave of attackers.  This photo cracks me up because the markings on a raccoon make it look like a thief with a mask over its eyes and it’s so cute that I’m tempted to just start feeding it regularly.

We are back from our extended vacation to the Czech Republic and England.  It was relaxing and refreshing in many ways.  I think we are finally at a point in our lives where we understand that a vacation is meant to be savored — the way you linger over a fine dinner over several hours.  In our previous visits to Europe, we approached our vacations more like a hot dog eating contest.  Soggy hot dog buns eaten in quick succession; quantity meaning more than quality.  This is probably one of the first times in my life when I’ve returned from a vacation feeling energized and refreshed, rather than exhausted and sluggish.  One of my favorite parts of traveling is coming home.  Home never feels as profoundly comforting as when you have been away from awhile and return to it.  

Something random that I really appreciate about the U.S. after being away a few weeks — I like how most public restrooms here have toilet seat covers.  The toilet seats here are also wider and more comfortable.  I think people in Europe just have skinnier bottoms.  This is also evidenced by European branded jeans.   

COMICS

Comic books at a sweet comic book store in Oakland that we stumbled across this past weekend, The Escapist (http://www.escapistcomics.com/).  

FLOWER

I try hard to limit the number of flower photos I take but these petals were so thin and wispy — I couldn’t resist.

CARDS

These library check out cards make me feel so nostalgic.  Found them in a closet at an old church.

kateoplis:

Today at the National Mall: 857 empty school desk representing the number of students who drop out every hour of every school day.

Lived here for almost 3 years and its our first time at the Oakland Whole Foods!

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