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Planned Parenthood

On the street, Edward refused to take my hand, issuing a long, withdrawn, “Nooooooooooo!” So I carried him. On the subway platform, the roar of the trains scared him. So I held him, whispering, “I won’t let anything happen to you, I...

She’s My Niece

My college band, Smokey Junglefrog, released its third and final album, “She’s My Niece,” concurrent to our disbanding on May 15, 1993. The title of the album was borrowed from a birthday card my bassist, Paul Perreault, had given me. The front of...

Warning: Candy Canes Create Crazy (Adorable) Kids

Like most decisions, it was made quickly and without any sense of ramifications. Fast forward three hours. The air is filled with the sound of Christmas music, and the smell of baking cookies. Candlelight casts warmth across a room full of familiar faces. Down the...

Boo! (Or, Crossing The River Styx In Costume)

My favorite Halloween was at the end of my least-favorite year. I was ten-years-old. My parents were separated, soon-to-be divorced (saw that comin’, right?). My mother was in Washington, DC. Chris and I were with our father in Oak Park, Illinois. It was, as...

Happy Birthday Edward!

My nephew, Edward Isaac, turned two on Thursday. We celebrated Sunday morning. Two short weeks ago, Edward was wrestling with just a few new words: blue, mama, dadda. Yesterday, though, he was forming complete sentences like, “I got it.” It’s an...