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A Star Is Born, by Julie Ross

Eight months ago, my 9-year-old son tearfully shared with me that “his whole life, he had wanted to be a girl”. Pressed by the therapist (who, thank G-d, was in the room with us) to clarify whether he wants to be a girl or is a girl, George immediately replied that he is a girl. And so began a […]

Mom Genes, by Jane H.

Mom Genes.  No, not the high-waisted, dorky, denim kind.  The kind that live on chromosomes and with a roll of the dice determine the characteristics we inherit from those who came before us.  As a child I wondered, will I develop my father’s superior athletic ability or my mother’s musical flair?  As a young girl […]

My College Flaunt, by Rachel Cohen

“Oh my gosh, she should not be wearing that shirt.” With disdain, remarks like this are whispered everyday on my college campus, numerous times a day, by many different people—particularly girls. To some credit, “Wow, that dress makes her look so skinny!” is probably spoken a similar number of times around campus. But these comments are not […]

Along for the Ride, by Matthew

Our situation starts as most family holidays do… For some months we had meticulously planned how we would spend our time at Disneyland Paris for what would be this years ‘big holiday’. We’d been once before, the difference this time being that we were now a family of four, and that Isabella, our eldest child, […]

Friends, By Paul Hamm

Friends. They say you can’t have too many friends. Of all the things “they” say, this may be the statement I believe in the most. Being the father of a special needs son, I’ve learned a lot about friendship. My son is affected by a rare syndrome known as Ectodermal Dysplasias. Each year my wife […]

Reflections, by Jessica DePinto

Of all the posts I’ve read on Meg’s blog, “Pay It Forward” gave me the greatest pause.  I’ve known Meg since our undergrad days at UW Madison – halcyon days when we believed the future and our dreams to be limitless.  In “Pay It Forward,” Meg’s encounter with the conductor who offered her a “disabled” […]