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Be the Best I can be, Today

I am 41 and spent Mother’s day morning getting up at 5:30 (yes a.m.) by choice to do a 10km run. (Run is a strong word).  Now before you shut me off and say this doesn’t apply to you, just stick with me for a moment.  I am NOT one of those super fit types that loves to exercise.  (I really don’t understand that thinking myself)  My story...

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Who Benefits From Prayer?
Who Benefits From Prayer?

CNN ran an interview this morning that caught my attention. Anderson Cooper was interviewing Christopher Hitchens the author of God Is Not Great.  Hitchens is quite famous for his views against the existence of God.  He is also currently battling a very lethal form of cancer.  Cooper wondered if the disease had changed his beliefs at all.  Hitchens...

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Do You Want a Boy or Girl?
Do You Want a Boy or Girl?

If you could choose the gender of your unborn child, would you? For $9 000, there are doctors in Thailand who are happy to help. The concept of “designer babies” is not a new one.  Arguments against preselecting or prescreening embryos usually focus on two main areas: how far is too far and what happens to the unwanted embryos? Popular opinion...

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Picnics: Necessary Luxury
Picnics: Necessary Luxury

The best picnic I ever had was also the simplest. I was in London with my Mom, a rare trip, just the two of us taking in the sites of the country where I was born.  It was a beautiful day in early summer, a day meant for parks and grass under your toes and taking your time. We stopped at a grocery store for tomatoes and good cheese and focaccia...

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Walking the Autism Road with Someone You Love
Walking the Autism Road with Someone You Love

When my son was diagnosed with autism, I was surprised at the depths of grief that threatened to overwhelm me. Even though I still had my son, I felt as if I had lost him in some ways. The burden of mourning and moving into a new normal was not a load I was able to carry on my own. Thankfully, my family and friends linked arms with me, walking...

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Disabled, Not Broken
Disabled, Not Broken

From a distance, “disabled” always seemed like an innocuous word.  It was simply an adjective that described a set of physical circumstances.  It’s a word I’ve often used, never aware of its power.  But when a friend used that word to describe someone that I love I had a startling realization.  Up close, “disabled” sounds an awful...

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By His Side as He Grows Up
By His Side as He Grows Up

Written by Peng Fei, translated by Eugene Wu A story woven by a hyperactive child, parental concern, and God’s love Time has seen the passing of the childhood days of our son, Han. Year after year he has blown out the candles on his birthday cake, and he has now reached the age of eighteen. Although a strong and solid physique has replaced...

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A Song in the Darkness of Night
A Song in the Darkness of Night

Written by Denise, translated by Eugene Wu Kang is my first child and only son. Like all parents I showered all my love upon him from the moment he was born. But when he was almost two years old, he still couldn’t talk. He didn’t understand what my husband and I were saying to him.  He didn’t even respond to his name. He didn’t cry...

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