My dad was an old movie reel flickering in my mind, with imaginary memories, conjured by a credulous child, intoxicated with prime time fathers, and aching for paternal adoration.
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Some folks are so casual with spewing hateful words around their kids; they think they are too young to understand or that they are not paying attention, but that is not always the case.
“Working together to explore new uses for cord blood and cord tissue” ViaCord & Research Collaborations. ViaCord: Important Facts To Know About Cord Blood Banking ViaCord: Important Facts To Know About Cord Blood Banking Are you familiar with the term Cord Blood Banking? What aboutViaCord? Recently, I attended a presentation on Cord blood stem cells […]
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A child’s exposure to violence can have consequences for his development. Children exposed to violence are more likely to have internalizing and externalizing behavior problems (Peled 1995). Risk factors have a cumulative impact and can span over 5 domains. In other words, the more risk factors spread out over multiple domains one has, the greater the likelihood for serious delinquency ang gang involvement.
My magical little niece Ember This post isn’t going to be one of my usual esoteric romps. This one is more of a rant, but if I don’t let out I just might explode. I’m really grateful that I got to be a kid back in the 1960’s before society turned into a neurotic knot […]
I, recently was talking to my trainer at the gym, who was telling me about a friend of hers that is expecting twins. Now that wouldn’t be that big of deal, I guess, when you consider people are popping out 4 and 5 kids at a time these days. What makes this sort of unusual […]
Dear Emmett, I can’t stop staring into your perfect little face. The photos your thoughtful daddy has sent show you mostly with your eyes clamped shut, resting after your turbulent entry into this world. Be prepared for your exhausted and battered mommy to bring that up occasionally throughout your life to remind you both what […]
I hate to admit it, but I’m not feeling very jovial this year, but rather a bit nostalgic about Christmas. I find myself conjuring familiar details from Yule’s gone by, like how the snow felt crunching under my boots as Ma led us along the crowded sidewalks of downtown Worcester, peering into store windows and […]
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” Kahlil Gibran Musings: On Tykes & Terrible Twos… Adorable Kids In Adult-Oriented Places… How do you feel about children in adult-oriented places? It depends on the age, location and circumstance. For starters, children don’t belong in bars or late night adult […]
I hear a lot of parents complaining that they can’t get their teenager’s attention. It’s really a simple task. However, like anything with kids, you need to approach it in the correct manner. I’m going to give you a few tips and you can use as many or as few as you like. Tip One […]
Normally, I would say, I try not to be too “grandparenty”. (I realize that isn’t actually a word…..but it should be.) That is to say, I try not to be that person that gives you a blow by blow accounting of what my children and grandchildren are doing this minute. I am sure you couldn’t […]
Do you have special words in your family that aren’t found in the dictionary, words only those who share DNA with you can understand? A few weeks ago CJ was visiting. Mrs. C. fried up some chicken. After eating his fill, our son pushed away his plate and announced he’d had enough. I wasn’t finished […]
Most of us have experienced it, the high school ritual known as Senior Prom. The Willamette River runs through downtown Portland. An esplanade bordering the river is crowded with restaurants that are popular on prom night. For years Mrs. C. and I have made a habit of parking ourselves on a bench to watch the […]
“The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother’s side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother and to become fully independent.” – Erich Fromm (German Psychoanalyst 1900-1980) I always enjoy running across a file in my computer where […]
Little Piglet meets her UK cousin for the first time Living so far from my family I really treasure the time we are together. Last month it was our granddaughter’s (Little Piglet) first Birthday, and all the Piglet clan gathered in France to celebrate the occasion. Not only were our children altogether, but it was […]
I believe that man is born inherently good. We are born with all of the goodness that God can bestow on one human being. How many cruel and evil babies have you seen? What you see is a miracle of God at its best. A perfect little human. That child enters this world with nothing […]
“From small acorns, mighty oak trees grow…” Geoffrey Chaucer’s‘Troilus and Criseyde‘ Inspiration: My Name Is Luka… Suzanne Vega – Luka My name is Luka – Lyrics via azlyrics.com I live on the second floor I live upstairs from you Yes I think you’ve seen me before If you hear something late at night Some kind of trouble. some kind of […]
“I have many times been driven to my knees by the utter conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” ~Abraham Lincoln I have not blogged consistently for the past few months. To say my current reality during this timeframe has been rather chaotic and stressful, may be understating it a wee bit. You see, my […]
I accept the fact that the human brain is an incredible device with a photographic memory, but I have my doubts when people claim they can recall their own births. I’m thinking about this because last night I had a peculiar dream. Actually, it wasn’t really a dream, it was a recollection of a situation […]
Getting my children to behave in public has always been easy. It’s a simple strategy that’s often used in team building whenever team members start bickering: create a common enemy so that the group has to work together to defeat it. My common enemy is public embarrassment. In other words, when the kids become too […]
“Pan’s Labyrinth” As I wrap up the launch of “Every Child is Entitled to Innocence,” I’ve been thinking how often children are used in dark fantasy stories. Let’s make it easier: How often are children not in dark fantasy stories? To be fair, dark fantasy hardly needs to include children as main characters. Many new […]
Almost ten months have passed since I posted Part 1 on this topic, on April 29, 2011. Time for an update! Cutting to the chase for the time period, I must announce that Karen and GW-1 (Ghostwriter 1) recently parted ways, and so for the moment this blog subject will take the form of a […]
My kids are probably already going to need therapy so I figure that I might as well make it interesting for the therapist. Here’s an example: Child: Do I really have to eat my vegetables in order to get dessert? I don’t like peas. Me: What is it that you don’t like about them? Child: […]
My baby grandson sleeps peacefully… My little grandson sleeps peacefully with not a care in the world. His only needs are love, food, warmth, clean nappies, “winding” and sleep – how simple life is when you are a baby! As I watch over him, his basic needs fulfilled, he is so happy and content. Adorable. […]
I remember asking my mom how long would it be before I got out of high-school and how long would it be until I finished school and many more “how long until questions”. She would tell me, and then tell me not to be in such a big hurry. My mind was saying, “sure mom”, […]
I received this from a friend of mine this morning and I had not read it before so I thought I would share it with my blog friends. I’m a dog lover from start to finish but it has caused me to experience rolled eyes from some of my family and friends. I have four […]
So, it’s 4:30am and I’m typing away my thoughts to you. I actually woke up at four and tossed and turned for a bit; my mind was restless, writing random lines and veering off the straight and narrow. I pulled it back on course, a huge ship, with much too much uncharted sea, and then […]
It’s a pretty day for living and I’m ready to take the stage. I’ve been quite sick for over a week now, but I believe today is different. The fog has lifted and my body feels like its old self again. I’m no longer aware that I have lungs. One needn’t feel their lungs, or […]