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Aurora and a Mother’s Memories of Columbine

This is the fear every parent knows.

We’ll have innocently sent our children off to school or to a movie, or like the parents of 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, allowed them to go off with a neighbor to meet a local congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, and then…the phone call will come and we’ll be told there is a dead body where there was once a life we valued more than anything in the entire universe.

Today, it happened in Aurora, Colo., where a man, ...

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Naming a Son for a Brother Who Died Young

The doctor pressed the ultrasound wand to my swollen belly and grinned. “Do you want to know the baby’s sex?” My husband and I nodded. At 42, I should have just been thankful to be pregnant. Yet, I lay on the examining table and hoped. Let our baby be a boy.

For years, I knew exactly what I would name my first son: Kevin, in memory of my brother, who died in a car accident at age 23. My son would ...

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My Post-Colic Stress Disorder

Our son’s birth was not what we anticipated. My wife’s 43-hour labor resulted in an emergency C-section, so the calm birthing pool experience we hoped for never happened. The soothing birth soundtrack we compiled barely got played. Luckily our son was born healthy with no complications for him or my wife, but his infancy quickly became something we hadn’t expected either.

For the first four and a half months of his life, our son had what is commonly referred to as ...

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Letting a Daughter with Development Disorders Grow Up

My 15 year-old daughter Lizzie is very angry with me right now. Over breakfast this morning, she sputtered through tears: I am not letting her grow up! I am an overprotective, crazy mother! “Not fair,” she kept repeating: her mantra, but the words don’t seem to sink into my apparently dense skull.

Our argument, which began last night and spilled into this morning, is about a simple thing – walking the dog. She can walk our sweet little mutt, Scooter, anywhere ...

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Aging: A Collective Response

One of the things I appreciate about the new book “Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America” is the sheer amount of information it collects in one handsomely designed paperback.

When it comes to the issue of aging in place, or coming as close as possible to that sometimes elusive goal, you may have previously encountered some of these ideas, findings and case studies in journals or on various Web sites (and in this blog) over the past ...

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