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On Mountains High

June 21, 2012

Today, Tanner graduates from seventh grade. My sister says it best: an epic event in our lives, for him, for me. The road has been heartwrenching, heartfelt and totally awesome.

All of that, and more. What for many of us is just one small hill on a long road of many hills and valleys, for him is a mountain, and a singular ascent. His summit is something to celebrate.

Love to you, Tannie. And congratulations.

 

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The Heart Is The Strongest Muscle, Mostly

June 7, 2012

I don’t write much about Tanner these days. Partly because writing about Tanner is always hard, and I have limited bandwidth for hard, and I know that this is selfish, to avoid the hard topics – I also avoid writing about the struggles of the household, and the worries of the family, and these are [...]

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Letters To A Dying Boy

January 19, 2012

(UPDATE BELOW) Tomorrow, Tanner will undergo a surgery that will, hopefully, prolong his life. But it’s a dangerous surgery, and he and his mom, my sister, have had to travel far from home and family for this surgery, and she’s scared, we’re all scared, and it’s hard. The struggle around the bullying before the holidays [...]

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Sticks And Stones And Things That Hurt, Badly

December 8, 2011

Tanner is being bullied. Tanner is being bullied, and it is breaking our hearts, and we don’t know what to do. All bullying is horrible, of course. I’m resisting the temptation to insist that the bullying of Tanner, who is disabled and terminally ill, is horrible by a whole different order of magnitude than ‘ordinary’ [...]

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In The In-Between

August 9, 2011

This week is a difficult one for me. It’s a week that would be challenging anyway – the first full week in August after BlogHer is one in which I am always drained and exhausted – but this is the second year of it being especially challenging – or the third, although I usually don’t [...]

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Wishology

April 11, 2011

We spent a lot of time, last week, talking about science. Which is maybe not what you would expect children to talk about during a week at Disney World, but there it is. Much of the initial discussion was provoked, of course, by Emilia’s very interesting hypothesis concerning the function and character of wishes in [...]

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City Of Cousinly Love

April 8, 2011

Well, theme park of cousinly love. Same-same.

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When Canadians Go South…

April 6, 2011

… they keep their boots on.

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The Science Of Wishes

April 5, 2011

Emilia’s hypothesis: confirmed.

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A Hypothesis Is A Wish Your Brain Makes

April 2, 2011

‘Mommy, I have a hypothesis.’ Emilia is on a science kick right now. ‘What kind of hypothesis, sweetie?’ ‘It’s about Disney World.’ ‘Okay. Do you want to tell me what it is?’ ‘My hypothesis is that Disney World is where dreams come true.’ ‘That’s a very interesting hypothesis.’ ‘I think it’s a true hypothesis because [...]

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