Black Lives Matter.

by Kristen DeLap


The Grand Jury decision in the Eric Garner case coming on the heels of the Grand Jury decision in the Mike Brown case should make everyone look twice at Grand Juries. This New York Times article describes a bit of the process: "Grand juries determine whether enough evidence exists for a case to go forward to a criminal trial, either before a jury or a judge. By law, they operate in secret and hear only evidence presented by prosecutors, who also instruct the grand jurors on the law. Defense lawyers are barred from speaking. For a decision, 12 jurors who have heard all the evidence must agree."

But really, it is about lives mattering. And all lives mattering. Mostly, in this context of normalized racism, it is about black lives mattering. 

A self evident statement that apparently bears repeating, especially to those in the police force and criminal justice fields. 

Black Lives Matter.

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Traditions

by Kristen DeLap


Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Solely about gathering together and appreciating each other and our blessings, much of the stress of gift-giving holidays isn't present. It is also traditionally non-religious, allowing all walks-of-life to join in a delicious meal together without someone feeling excluded. This year I'm attempting to incorporate a new tradition with my family - a list. A simple list of what each individual is thankful for this particular year. A tad hokey, I'm hoping it provides for some thoughtfulness and maybe also some humor. 

 

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A year of cheer...

by Kristen DeLap


Our annual party has transformed throughout the years - from fall Sweaters and Ciders to toddler birthdays. This year we are doing a combined holiday party with Soren's third birthday. Using it as a chance to be social this cold season. 

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