Happy Birthday, “Substitute Me!”

Happy Birthday, “Substitute Me!”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth. I could give you a list of reasons why I have neglected you so, but do you really want to waste your time reading about my pitiful life? No, you want to get to the good stuff, right? So, on this day, five years ago, a full year before I birthed babygirl, I gave birth to my first novel, Substitute Me. It’s a story about two women, one White, one Black, one the employer, one the employee. It’s…

“The Other Mothers of Manhattan”

“The Other Mothers of Manhattan”

Boy, did the cover image on this issue of the New York Times magazine take my breath away. The cover line reads, “The Other Mothers of Manhattan.” It is a photo essay of Manhattan’s nannies. It is the real-life version of my novel, Substitute Me. The accompanying essay by Mona Simpson is hauntingly familiar with all of the issues it raises. But the best part is this audio slide show. Check it out and let me know what thoughts come to mind. I really dislike the word nanny. It sounds so elitist and it’s not…