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Spirit/ Essay. I heard the bells on Christmas Day… Hear them again.

I grew up in Pennsylvania where Christians included kids who went to churches like mine, kids who attended Greek Orthodox or Roman Catholic mass, and kids who had the daily prayers and Sunday services of the Amish and Mennonites. One … Continue reading

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Essay. The Stone Garden.

As a child, I loved a song that includes the refrain “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven.” I hear it when I visit Mount Auburn Cemetery, a landscaped garden for the … Continue reading

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Essay. Milestones……..

I am currently planning Joseph’s 22nd birthday, when he moves from special education for autism to an adult group home. The night he was born, I hemorrhaged after he was delivered in an emergency Cesarean section. The obstetrician said we … Continue reading

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Essay. Finding gratitude when you don’t feel grateful.

This morning I paused at the foot of the stairs and looked for the mirror that hung there for 23 years. It wasn’t there, just a nail and a bare white wall. We have taught Joseph to come directly to … Continue reading

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Essay. The Road Home.

After a long, hot, drought-stricken summer, autumn is here. The dogs chased balls today without starting to pant. One day this week I wore jeans comfortably rather than shorts. In an earlier time, before we had dogs and a child, … Continue reading

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Essay. Lessons of August.

One problem in getting your first dog as an adult (after a childhood full of fear) is choosing the dog that will not frighten you. Teddy never scared me. He loved me, saw me through my pregnancy, guarded Joseph fiercely … Continue reading

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Essay. We can learn from history. It isn’t easy, but it can happen: Mary Dyer.

Two women have statues at our state house, Anne Hutchinson and Mary Dyer. The statues do not honor their lives but are a public apology for their deaths. They were executed over freedom of religion, which brought the Pilgrims in … Continue reading

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Essay. Pets of my Life I. Teddy and Forgiveness.

My life chapters are defined by pets. As the first essay on how my dogs have sustained me, here is the story of my first puppy, Teddy, bought when I was 34 to make my dog-loving husband happy. Teddy taught … Continue reading

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Essay. Autism Awareness Day 2016

On my 21st birthday, I began medical school. We debated with Joseph until the weekend before his birthday whether he wanted a cake with Pokemon or Paw Patrol. He chose Paw Patrol, a cartoon show for pre-school children about a … Continue reading

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Essay. Doorknobs, Lamps and Love.

I wrote as a child. I started writing again after the head injury that ended my medical career. This post is because my son is turning 21. For Joseph, 21 means turning 3 for the 18th time, although he does … Continue reading

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