Thriving families. The mother here calls her family 'mixed and happy' and, in 2009, urged other families like hers to write a judge in Louisiana who denied a mixed-race couple the right to marry. (In 2009! Can you believe it?). Her nickname, by the way, is 'Honeysmoke'. She says her mother provided the honeytones and her father the smoke. :-) I think that is beauty of mind and soul at its very best! Brava and bravo to you and your exquisite family.