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The Fixer

I am having a problem with our dog. You might remember Jake. I wrote about forgetting him as we left from a holiday weekend visit with some friends at their lake house. Jake is a pretty mellow dog. He follows me around the house, lays under the desk while I write, and other than shedding, […]

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Anything They Want to Be

A couple of years ago, I got into an email argument with one of my kids’ science teachers. Beyond the fact that I was on a two year low of feeling particularly let down by the conscience and caliber of science teachers at the school, who seemed incapable of anything other than sucking the fun […]

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In Each Our Own Voice,
Every Step of the Way

Since Lia’s diagnosis eleven and a half months ago one of the things we’ve been watchful of and spent many long hours safeguarding against was the effect diabetes would have, if any, on everyone’s self-esteem. We watched out especially for Lia’s, but our worry was not limited to her well-being alone. Before this disease it […]

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External Genetistry

It was a common yet unproductive habit in the days, weeks and months following Lia’s diagnosis to do as any worried parent might do and question every external encounter or genetic mutation in our family history in pursuit of where had this come from. Often it wasn’t a very long thought, really more of a […]

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on being lia

Loves to sing * Tells long stories * Was born in an ambulance * Likes to make people laugh * Plays dress up * Has a beautiful voice * swims like the Man from Atlantis * Favorite color is blue * Favorite poem: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening * Loves to camp and […]

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A Birthday Wish

Steve suggested that I write Lia’s birthday entry for Without Envy.  I am nervous, as I don’t usually share my writings with anyone.  But, as Steve has told me, sharing your writing is what helps you heal. So here is my earnest attempt. The other day, Lia was running high so I walked from the […]

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