My Take

I'm often asked what it's like to raise a child with special needs. How do I cope? It must be so hard...It is hard. I worry about Bean's future. How will his symptoms manifest over time? Will he "catch up" developmentally? Will he have a lot of health problems as he ages? Will he have all the resources he needs in school - and beyond? Will he be able to live independently? Will we be able to provide for him financially?...more

How My Father Spoon-fed Me Multiculturalism

My dad enjoys food of all kinds, and as a result, many of our family gatherings involve eating out. People often comment, “Your father must know a lot of good Chinese restaurants.” Yes, he knows a lot of good restaurants – and not just Chinese. ...more

I love this. I love fathers. Their lessons may not be as obvious as a mothers but they are ...more

Life With My Husband: Who is 35 years older

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Contest Giveaway - Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid - Albert Schweitzer

Yesterday, I heard a sermon that was both a challenge and yet naive.  The theme was simple.  Real power is getting behind.  Getting behind another to help them take a step ahead. Numerous examples were given from Mother Teresa to Father Damien. In closing, the preacher uttered an Albert Schweitzer quote…Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid.   ...more

Fava Greens and Fava Beans

Sometimes I feel so incredibly small. Swallowed by the sea of information I attempt to swim in each day. The internet does that to me sometimes. Makes me feel even tinier in scope of the big picture....more

Jeanine, you're like me when it comes to having many interests. I can't do everything I'd like ...more

5 Things I'd Like to Say to My Kids But Can't

1. Are you f$?&ing kidding me?See also: Are you f$!@ing stupid? and Shut the f$!@ up. This is for all of the badgering, incessant questions. And for my kids making me utter all of the strange phrases I never thought I'd have to say to another human being, like: ...more

Good thing you've kept your sense of humor. Lord knows moms need it just to survive.

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Grandfathers & Cigars

Grandfathers and Cigars My Gre...more

Pre-Surgery Steps

The Battle of the Sexes: Holding-out for Water and Sanitation

True to form, the Cannes film festival provided movie goers with an alternative to high-budget action films by showcasing "The Source" a movie about women who went on a “love strike” to gain access to clean water. The movie, featuring Leila Bekhti the new spokesperson for L’Oreal,  is based on the true story of women in a small Turkish village who went on a sex or “love” strike until the men repaired their village’s water source....more

Brought to tears by a lawnmower

If a woman said she received a lawn mower as a gift and it made her cry, most people would assume the tears were because she felt it was impersonal or she loathed practical gifts. The thing is, this particular woman (me) happens to love practical gifts, and she knew the people who gave it (my parents) did so out of a simple desire to help. The baffling part was my tears....more