With so much politics in the news, I can’t help but remember back to my first participation in the political process. In September of 1976, my junior high school was holding a mini mock election, giving every student the
Jack Gillard, August 21, 1928–July 27, 2012
Today is National Father-In-Law Day. Tomorrow is the anniversary of my father-in-law’s memorial service. Jack passed away four years ago this week. His absence can catch you off guard and startle you with the intensity of the loss. We still have his craggy voice in our saved voice
Many people credit the well known six-word novel that exemplifies micro fiction to Ernest Hemingway. But the link can’t be substantiated, and in fact, many possible connections to other sources exist, both before and
Pam was my very cutting-edge best friend in third grade. Pam read books all the time, she had color television, her mom let her watch that radical show “Sesame Street,” and they even had shag carpet. I mean, going across the street to Pam’s house was like entering a different world for
The year my kids were born, a Dutch couple also had IVF twins. But something was going on that rocked their world. And I felt some of those vibrations. Their twins were two boys, and it became apparent quite soon after birth that one of the twins was beige and one was brown. But their
Molly, Spencer, Charlie, and Pierce just after all four [finally] got home for the first time.
July 25, 1978, Louise Brown, the first successful IVF baby, was born in England. My kids were numbers 5,345–5,349 of IVF babies born. But not in England. And not really. I made up those numbers. I don’t know for
A few days after "that day" with Aunt Colleen
As a nurse, I’ve been in a lot of crisis situations, dealing with emergencies as just a part of my job. I’ve worked in the Emergency Room, the Operating Room, the Delivery Room, and the ICU. Seeing messed up things and doing what was needed to help fix them was what I did.
If the government still allowed DDT to be sprayed on people, would you be sick of hearing about the nuts who kept bringing it up over and over, trying to get the practice stopped? Are you sick of hearing about GMOs? GMOs in our food source is no different from if DDT were still sprayed
Tomorrow, July 24, is National Cousins Day. I fondly remember many times playing with my cousins growing up. Each of my parents has only one sibling, so I didn’t have that many cousins on either side—enough to keep track of and get to know and truly enjoy relationships with (in spite of the fact that I terrorized my older boy cousins trying to get more of their attention).
He became aware as the pencil slipped across the paper. First he had just eyes, then his face grew complete while the artist sketched the rest of his head. He fretted about his oversized nose while the lines became more
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Life with Quadruplets
As a mother of quadruplets, I've had plenty of crazy experiences raising "supertwins." I blog a lot of memories about my kids. Sometimes just my thoughts on things. I get those sometimes—when my brain works. Which is about one third of the time.