Open letter to the protester holding the picture of the bloody fetus

September 30, 2012 / 0 Comments

Dear Abortion Rights Protester, I’m going to admit: My sister and I were less than thrilled to find out that there was going to be a big prayer hoedown of some sort at Independence Mall today. We didn’t mind so much that y’all were sharing your message — we were more concerned about traffic and…

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Sins of the father: Making peace with my dad’s anger

September 9, 2012 / 2 Comments

  I read an article this morning in The New York Times that blew my mind. It’s about how environmental factors in fathers’ lives — nutrition, stress, chemical exposure, emotional trauma (whoa!) — can activate or de-activate genetic information in their offspring. The kicker: These environmental exposures can happen long before child-bearing years and still affect…

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Consumed by The Motherhood: After 9 years, I can finally tell the tale

September 1, 2012 / 3 Comments

I didn’t take to motherhood like a duck in water. My own mother was — and is — so good at it. Endlessly patient. Endlessly understanding. Endlessly giving. She was born to be a mother the way Mozart was born to be a musical genius. (Nope, not an overstatement.) Me? I feel selfish in comparison.…

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Daughter, meet Mr. Sandusky

June 25, 2012 / 7 Comments

Every now and then I trip over a news story and I get stuck on it. I read everything I can on it. I become sort of embarassingly well-versed on the backstory — which I don’t quite realize until I’m talking about it with someone and they give me a look and ask, “How do…

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I sold my kid short

June 13, 2012 / 1 Comment

Last Friday. Me in my daughter’s school gym. Ready to bust into a million scattered pieces all over the room from nervous energy. My little girl was going to sing in the school talent show. By herself. She’d worked on the song “Make it Shine” by Victoria Justice for weeks. I knew she was ready.…

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Dear Dads: Mother’s Day is tomorrow. Don’t screw it up.

May 12, 2012 / 2 Comments

Dear Fathers, Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. (I am just going to take it as a given that you knew that all on your own.) We need to talk, fellas. First, let me start by thanking you for your various contributions to child-rearing. I don’t know you all, but my guess is that you’ve enhanced your…

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