Parenting Archive

“Heaven better be awesome” ~Kitz

Occasionally the topic of the severely disabled and abortion comes up here. We will NOT have any real discussion on it though. There was this post surrounding an email I received a few months back. Yesterday, a comment was added to the thread, this comment. It is obvious that the commenter, Kitz, and I, come from

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

1979. I was in college, working in a local delicatessen part time. One summer day an older lady came in and before we knew it she was on the floor. No one there knew, but I was the Assistant Coordinator for CPR for the Red Cross in this major metropolis. Actually there was no coordinator, but


I made a medicine error today. Did not seem to mess her up. Sure messed me up. Damn. But she does look cute when pictured with her dog-ugly dad, no?

Simple question

As I mentioned, I am writing a post for a main stream publication on Growth Attenuation, also called the Ashley Treatment. (see here if you are not familiar) I just submitted it, I will keep you informed. The reasons for the treatment typically start with talk of “quality of life” for the child. Really? Here

“I say there is no darkness but ignorance.” ~William Shakespeare

Sorry, Billy, I disagree. I am more of an “ignorance is bliss” kind of guy. (From Thomas Gray‘s poem, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (1742): “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.”) I’m sitting here, minding my own business and contemplating the failure of the LHC to cause a black hole sucking in

Dear Prudence, part deux

Two actual emails … re: last post … Ms. Yoffe: I am the single father of a severely disabled nineteen year old daughter. I happened to write a post on my blog the other day about offering advice to others within “our” community. Within the comments was a link to your column and the above

“I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years.” ~Molly Ivins

Thanks to Elizabeth, I now know who “Dear Prudence” is (aka Emily Yoffee) because of this comment on my last post. Several of you have commented on the Dear Prudence Q & A, as did I, but let’s look at it closer here. First, the question: Should I Call the Authorities on a Loving Mom?:

It takes a community

I (and others) have referred to our “club” … many of us have severely disabled kids and that is a different situation than many other disabled. I don’t think I need to describe further, and to be honest, I don’t know how. Pearlsky has no communication at all, I know two “Sophie’s” who do, yet