by Allison Sullivan
It's easy to shop for friends and family—those with whom we've shared special memories, watched grow up, and discussed likes and dislikes over the years. But when it comes to shopping for a loved one's new baby, many are stumped to find a meaningful gift. Here are five ideas to make the holidays extra special for the new baby and her family this year.
1. Elaborate Gifts
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It might seem over-the-top, but every baby deserves a special relic that makes her feel like royalty. Ditch the plastic plaything this time around and go straight for a silver-plated baby rattle. With this special gift comes a higher price tag, but it's something that can be displayed well after baby grows out of rattles, to serve as a special reminder of the family Read more
I cry over the death of Mr. Mandela, not because he died, however. He was 95 and fortunate to have lived that long under the dreadful conditions he endured. He was ill and living with illness at 95 cannot be a good thing.
I cry because Mr. Mandela was born in 1918, just 13 days before my father was born. My father died at age 63, not long enough to see Mr. Mandela make that long walk out of the cage on South Africa’s Robbins Island.
I cry because I was watching a Dr. Phil episode about racial profiling when I first learned of Mr. Mandela’s passing. What immediately came to mind as I watched the stories of educated and affluent African Americans talk about how they were brutalized by white American police officers, was the fact that nothing has much changed. During Dr. Phil’s Read more
Introduction by Dianne Thompson Stanciel
Harold Lee Rush's blog below was inspired by Sharon Morgan's blog http://ourblackancestry.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/400-years-a-slave/and my introduction to "The Fear of No Return" was inspired by Howard Bryant's story entitled "Identity Crisis in the December 9th, 2013 issue of ESPN Magazine. I wish I could reprint all of Bryant's thoughts, but I can't. However, excerpts are printed here because he and Harold Lee Rush both addressed the same issue with such an intellectual, yet personal outlook. In summary, Howard Bryant writes: "Whether used to promote sports or justify the police state, the predominant black male image in America is one of anger and aggression. In the right time, emotion sells as passion (a Ray Lewis pregame speech....). Read more
For 9 months you prepared yourself for all the changes your baby would bring. But over the next 49 months, you'll be shocked to learn all the ways she's going to affect the way you dress. If you did no pre-planning, every day will be an adventure as you continually discover something else you can't wear now that you're a mom. You love that little darlin', but now that she's here, there's a big chunk of your wardrobe that's going to have to go, at least until she's in school. Head to toe, your child will force you into a mommy makeover that will replace your pencil miniskirts and strapless tops with safer, more functional items of clothing.
It's not goodbye, it's see you later.
Shirts with buttons take too long to fasten, and they tend to come unbuttoned very easily. You'll Read more