The Advent of Redemption

December 19, 2017

It is morning. Sorta. 10:00 already, and I spent a good hour accomplishing the single upload of a single photo. And there you see it, the photo at the top of this blog post of my nieces (who take this whole photo business very seriously) and me (the proud aunt who loves my nieces and nephews all the more since I don’t have any of my own). …

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My Courage Mantra

December 12, 2017

When my thoughts are tangled and knotted by fear—What will he think of me? Why, why, WHY did I act that way? How will I face them again? What if what I tell her ruins her life?—the following things I tell myself. The telling, and the knowing, give me courage: No one cares about you. Not really. Sure, your family loves you, and you need …

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How Babies Are Made (A Part You Might Not Know)

December 5, 2017

Did you know that you and your lover are capable of generating more than 70 trillion unique individuals between you? This diversity is generated by combining a randomly chosen half of your 46 chromosomes—the strings of DNA and protein that make you the person you are—with a randomly chosen half of your partner’s 46 chromosomes, for a multiplicity of possible arrangements. Only not quite randomly. …

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