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2014: The Year in Review

2014 has been a pretty good, if slightly strange, year. It started on New Year's Eve in the house on my own. Thanks to radiotherapy for my overactive thyroid I had to keep my distance from The Daughter for three weeks. With her onlyShow More Summary

The Mind of a Generation -- Why Christmas Day Was Such a Sad Day for Me!

To some degree, it was the normal thing to do on a Christmas day. I had first seen the advert of INTO THE WOODS a couple of months back and had promised my daughter we would see it on the first day of release. Purchasing the ticketsShow More Summary

Why I Don’t Care If My Daughter Comes Out Of The Closet

16 hours agoOdd : Thought Catalog

My daughter has never “come out” she was in fact unceremoniously pushed out of the closet. She doesn’t even know that I know about it.

The Captain's Daughter review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Alexander Pushkin's classic novel, The Captain's Daughter, in Robert and Elizabeth Chandler's translation, recently re-issued by New York Review Books.

French boutique airline La Compagnie a smooth flight to Paris

My wife and daughter recently traveled to Paris and back on La Compagnie, a new all-business-class airline. It flies from Newark to Paris six days a week. It was more convenient because of the intimacy of the 74-passenger cabin, and the flight attendants were excellent. The check-in at both...

All I Want For Christmas [OregonMuse]

Only chess nerds will appreciate this, but here goes: last summer, my daughter was antique shopping found a set of small Drueke chess pieces (2.5" King) in a wooden box with a sliding top. Her SIL noticed it first,...

Who Is My Hollyweird Mommy?

This pretzel eating princess is the daughter of a former child actress… Mommy has changed her hair color and texture since her days as the daughter on a popular sitcom about a black family. But she’s still a banger!

‘He Didn’t Hit My Mom’: Mel B’s Daughter Defends Stephen Belafonte As Family Gathers For Christmas

Mel B and Stephen Belafonte’s roller coaster marriage seems to be hitting a high point over the holidays. With reports of alleged physical abuse and a nasty divorce on … READ ON

Mom: How I know my anxious daughter’s kindergarten teacher is great

Jane Dimyan-Ehrenfeld  is a parent and an education lawyer in Maryland who was an elementary school teacher for eight years. In this post, she talks about why she knows her daughter’s kindergarten teacher is great — and why teachers should be evaluated by more than just test scores. The name of the school is not […]

Thinking on My Feet

When I first discussed heaven with my adopted daughter, it was to help her handle the enormous losses she had suffered, first and foremost being the death of her mother. I didn’t think about the theological implications — I was providing answers that would help her sleep at night. At first she wanted very simple things … Continue reading Thinking on My Feet

Leah Messer: I Didn't Steal From My Daughter!

Leah Messer is in a mess of trouble. Yesterday, reports surfaced claiming that Messer had stolen $50,000 from her daughter Ali.  If you watch Teen Mom online, then you already know that Ali suffers from muscular dystrophy, which hasShow More Summary

High on the list of things I did not remember about Paddington Bear

Began reading A Bear Called Paddington to my daughter last night. Mrs Brown bent down. “You’re a very small bear,” she said. The bear puffed out its chest. “I’m a very rare sort of bear,” he replied importantly. “There aren’t many … Continue reading ? The post High on the list of things I did not remember about Paddington Bear appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Eleven, With Down Syndrome, and Still a Santa-Loving Little Girl. Maybe.

My daughter is still a little girl, with a stuffed Piglet and Velcro-fastened shoes. For years, she's dictated her letter to Santa to me. This year, things were different.

All Life Matters: Jahi McMath’s Journey

“Jahi McMath is ALIVE.” The very first column I filed in 2014 exposed the plight of a beautiful young girl, the same age as my daughter, whom medical experts declared

Hayden Panettiere Is Limping & Feels Like an 80-Year-Old Woman After Giving Birth

Hayden Panettiere is opening up for the first time since giving birth to her daughter Kaya Evdokia on December 9. “I’m limping around. I’m still trying to figure out what [pregnancy] has done to my body, how it’s changed it. What’s temporary and what’s permanent,” the 25-year-old Nashville actress told People about her recovery. “I [...]

Eric Garner’s Daughter Calls for Peace: Targeting Cops Won’t Bring My Dad Back

5 days agoNews : Mediaite

Emerald Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner, called for peace on CNN tonight after two NYPD officers were killed just days ago.

'Into the Woods': Will It Scare Your Kids?

Post by Judy Dutton. My 4-year-old daughter has heard plenty of fairy tales, and they always end the same way: happily ever after. Which always bugged me, since that's so not how real life works. That's why I was intrigued to take her to see Disney's newest movie, Into the Woods (out December 25). Show More Summary

Bait-and-Switch: As One Family Detention Center Closes, Another Opens

When we arrived at the U.S. border, I felt relieved because I thought we were finally safe. But immigration officials took my daughter and me to a place out in the middle of nothing in Artesia, New Mexico, where we were housed in trailers surrounded by barbed wire fences and cut off from the rest of the world. Show More Summary

Saving the Images of a Perfect Childhood and Deleting the Rest

For my daughter’s fifth birthday, I put together a book of photos that I thought captured her short life. And then I realized that every picture I had chosen made it all look perfect.

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