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I'd always get pissed off when, on IRC in a punk chat room, people would just assume I was white. Even when I gave them my pics, they'd think of every ethnicity but black to guess as my race.
 
When I would tell them, "Well, I'm half black and half white," they'd be shocked.
 
"You're black?...

Four or five years prior to September 11, I created a small web page reviewing English-language children's books with Middle Eastern themes. As I recall there weren't more than two dozen such books at the time, once I'd weeded out the ones featuring mummies and pyramids, but it was a fun project anyway and I enjoyed working...

I carry the word bipolar with me. Memories of long anxious nights spent in hospital beds linger in my mind. For a time, lithium held me steady. I rarely felt manic and started to believe the sickness had passed. Then something broke.
 
Three years ago, my husband, one-year-old son and I moved into a new home. The...

While on a camping trip at the beach north of Santa Barbara I ditched my family and headed into nearby Solvang for the day. My children's sibling rivalry was so severe that they would whine and fight in the middle of Disneyland, and our camping trip had been somewhat hellish. They were busy making sandcastles with my husband...

Someday I'll have to have the "where do babies come from" talk with my children. My oldest is five years old, and I try to work in basic plumbing information about uteruses, penises, eggs, and sperm. I've given him the basics about his parentage, which is a bit complicated. His biological father is not involved, nor is he...

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