An Untold Story About Prescription Painkillers (Mine)

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I take prescription painkillers every day, but I am not an addict. According to the Centers for Disease Control, we are in the midst of a “growing, deadly epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse,” marked by rising abuse rates along with rising rates of overdose and deaths by overdose. The CDC and others blame this epidemic [Read More...]

The Life and Death of My Tattoo: Postscript

People keep talking about my tattoo. Everyone has a different take on the story of how I considered getting a tattoo (for very concrete reasons having to do with my disability), went as far as choosing artwork, and then decided not to get a tattoo when my 8-year-old strenuously objected. (Here is the story for [Read More...]

Patheos (& Other) Peeps: Chris Travis on How Our Insignificant Work Becomes Significant

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On Fridays, I publicize work by other writers. I focus often but not exclusively on writers affiliated with Patheos, the religion and spirituality web portal that hosts my blog. Please share the love by reading these writers’ blog posts and books, sharing them via Facebook, Twitter, etc., and/or participating in online conversations with them. When [Read More...]

Lessons from Acadia

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We just returned from a quick, relatively last-minute family trip to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine. It was a long drive (about seven hours each way) for just over two days of vacation, but oh so worth it. We decided on this trip earlier in August, after our 15th wedding anniversary on July [Read More...]

Patheos (& Other) Peeps: Rachel Marie Stone on Loving Our Neighbor By Getting Our Kids Vaccinated

On Fridays, I share links to blog posts by other writers. I link often but not exclusively to writers affiliated with Patheos, the religion and spirituality web portal that hosts my blog. Please share the blog love by reading these posts, sharing them via Facebook, Twitter, etc., and/or participating in the comment conversation. My oh-so-brave [Read More...]

The Myth of the Overscheduled Child

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My kids are sometimes overscheduled, but not for the reason you think. (Oh, and they’re happy too.) I recently marked my calendar with all of the rehearsal and performance dates for my daughters’ participation in our church choir. As I inked in their music theory sessions (once a week for each daughter, at different times), [Read More...]

The Summer of My Bench (or, Everyday Resurrections)

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I spend several hours a day sitting on this bench in our front yard.               I do this to keep our puppy, Sunday, company as she roams the yard. I want to keep an eye on her to make sure she’s respecting the boundaries of our electric fence. Plus [Read More...]

Does Prenatal Testing Equal Eugenics?

My colleague and friend Amy Julia Becker had an interesting conversation on her blog earlier this week, in which she and her readers discussed “whether or not those of us with children with Down syndrome should allow abortion into the conversation surrounding prenatal diagnosis.” Most of the people Amy Julia cited in her post, as [Read More...]

The Life and Death of My Tattoo

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A couple of weeks ago, I decided to get a tattoo. This idea came out of nowhere, but immediately made sense. I realized a tattoo could be a great way to honor my body—my crooked and broken body that has nevertheless borne and cares for three children. For once, I would do something to draw [Read More...]

Six Annoying Things that Readers Say To and About Bloggers

One commenter to my essay on the New York Times Motherlode blog last week, in which I told my story of making childbearing decisions in light of having a genetic disorder that my children could inherit, wrote this: In your article you mention “hard questions about choice, responsibility, and suffering”, but you don’t discuss them, [Read More...]

We Pushed Our Luck, and Got This Guy: Deciding to Have the Third Baby

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(Editorial Note: I’m including an excerpt from my book below, so this is more an online article than a blog post, much longer than my usual. If you have the time and inclination to read it, thanks! I’ll be back tomorrow with my usual shorter blog post.) Last week, the New York Times’ “Motherlode” parenting [Read More...]

Patheos (& Other) Peeps: More Voices on the Colorado Shooting, Guns, and Violence

Every Friday, I share links to blog posts by other writers. I link often but not exclusively to writers affiliated with Patheos, the religion and spirituality web portal that hosts my blog. Please share the blog love by reading these posts, sharing them via Facebook, Twitter, etc., and/or participating in the comment conversation. Here are [Read More...]


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