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Clothing confusion

October 4th, 2016

I have a pair of skinny jeans, and I just realized I haven’t seen them for a month. I searched my closet fairly well and they were not there. What a mystery! By coincidence that night, I was helping Olivia pick out her clothes for school and I saw my jeans in her drawer. “Did youREAD MORE

Someone's responsible, and it's not me

October 4th, 2016

You know you’ve done something right when your child is more responsible than you are. I’m not saying I’m an awesome mother. I’m just celebrating a small victory in the journey of parenthood. Olivia had a doctor’s appointment that kept her out of school in the morning. I was to return her after it wasREAD MORE

Candy corn corner

October 4th, 2016

The imagination of children never ceases to amaze me. One night while lying in bed with me just chatting – as is our nightly ritual – my daughter told me she loves to look at “the candy corn on the ceiling.” I have no idea what that means. Then she pointed out that the doorREAD MORE

Panty shopping is not for panties

October 4th, 2016

This is a story about shopping for underwear, but it’s really about a father who can’t let go of his little girl. I took Claus shopping for underwear for Olivia. Our nine-year-old wears women’s XS or Petite Small. She prefers to be a Big Girl so she wants me to buy that instead of from theREAD MORE

Music, memory, and Alzheimer's Disease

October 4th, 2016

My mother still recognizes me. I see the light in her eyes, but it fades quicker now, and she returns to a flat affect. In the last many months that I’ve been visiting her at the care home, I’ve noticed she doesn’t speak much and does a lot of staring straight ahead. She answers inREAD MORE

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