Why a diagnosis of Down Syndrome just didn’t matter. 35

by “I don’t give a [expletive deleted] if he has Down Syndrome, Up Syndrome, or Halfway- in-Between Syndrome – would you please stop my wife from bleeding out so she can hold her son?” That was my reaction to the neonatologist’s diagnosis of Down Syndrome in the Emergency Room.  I […]


A Year of Breakfasts 6

by After we learned a baby was on the way, I began to worry that the older kids might get “lost in the shuffle”.  While everyone was goo-ing and gaa-ing over the cute baby, I worried that they would become (or start believing they’d become) an afterthought. I had an […]


Do we really govern ourselves? 1

by “Mankind is a single body and each nation a part of that body.” — Mustafa Kemal, Ataturk It is said that one evening during  the Battle of Sakayra, in which the Turkish people fought for independence from European occupational armies in 1921, one soldier looked at a pool of […]


What does your Hate do for you? 8

by Last night I was surfing through Facebook, reading people’s posts about the tragedy that struck Moore, Oklahoma.   51 people – including at least 20 children – lost their lives in a massive tornado. One poster’s assessment: “I guess Jesus doesn’t love Oklahoma after all”.