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It’s Day 6 of Diabetes Blog Week and we’re asked to share a favorite sentence or blog post from our writing. Though there are a number I could select—specifically any of those tagged, The First Year—I settled on one from a post titled External Genetistry, published eleven months after Lia’s diagnosis. In it, you can see I am still […]

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Eating, the Best Part of Our Day

I am going to cheat today, day 5 of Diabetes Blog Week, but not because I don’t find this topic engaging. If anything, in our house, food is the only subject worth discussing everyday. And we do, starting on Saturday or Sunday when we plan out our next week’s menu, which is almost always home cooked and […]

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A New Utopia

Of changes we have seen plenty. My writing here documents most of them, those both good and bad, welcomed and unwelcomed, short-lived and long. But the one change I haven’t written much about is the one I hope is most evident and feel most strongly affected by and that’s empathy and effort. Okay, that’s two, […]

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D-stuff

We have too much stuff, we know that. It exposes itself slow and daring, like a neighborhood pervert, every time we open the garage door, and when cornered, let’s say in a closet, it cowers behind nicer things, using camouflage, guilt and association to spare it from being tossed it out. We find it lurking […]

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Mums the Word

In the beginning when it was 90% us and 10% Lia in charge of managing her diabetes, we would tell everyone we knew about it. Tell her teachers, of course, and her coaches and the school administrators, the people she carpooled with. Tell her friends, tell their parents. Tell the neighbors to either side of […]

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Heroes and Heroines

I must admit, this caught me by surprise today. I wasn’t prepared when I learned that it was Blog Week and considered sharing on Without Envy. To be honest, I’m not even sure why I keep the site out there, other than perhaps as a written reminder of what life was like back then in those […]

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Cruddy American Lesson #One

And so it begins, Z’s American High School experience. First lesson: Winning is Everything. And if you’re not good enough to win, you can always fetch water. So, she tried and failed to make the volleyball team. No big deal. She’d only arrived from Germany roughly 48 hours before the tryouts. I’m sure that had […]

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Bardolatry

Then there are the books I should have read but didn’t, or did with so little regard for what was in them. I read them—or not as the case often was—for assignment, for a grade, because somebody said that I should. I didn’t read them for pleasure, not usually. Nor for what they said about […]

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Back to D-Wild

In honor of our upcoming 2nd Annual Into D-Wild Backpacking Adventure, I’d like to share the post Franca wrote about last year’s family trip. We’re taking what lessons we learned and  heading back into the woods, this time hiking longer (4 days) and further (27 miles)—but with hopefully less gear. We’ll follow up with a […]

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Logic, Strength and Love

One of the great things the internet has brought is the ability to reach out and make a difference in the lives of people we’ve never met. I’ve been a part of that phenomena for almost three years now, since starting this blog about raising a child with type 1 diabetes to live life to […]

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