Month: April 2013

  • little visitors

    My daughter made the mistake of telling her 22-month-old, “Tomorrow we are going to grandma and grandpa’s house.” The baby loves her grandparents. She wanted to go to mmaa-mma mmma-baa’s house right now. This most determined of children tugged and pulled her mother toward the car. She had no intentions of going to bed and…

  • Let the living live

    They lied. Lied to protect their tiny daughter, Amillia Sonja Taylor, born October 24, 2006, a mere 21 weeks and six days after her in vitro conception. At birth she weighed under 10 ounces, and stretched a whole 9.5 inches long. The first child of Sonja and Eddie Taylor, from Homestead, Fla., Amillia is among…

  • Peer support helps healing process

    A couple years ago my son, Merton Hershberger, began working at a community mental health agency as a peer support counselor. He recently described to me the physical benefits as well as the financial benefits already seen in this pilot program. From the late 1950’s to the early 1970’s, across the country, governments were setting…

  • Come see what I have

    “Come and see my really cool room,” my grandson greeted me. I followed him upstairs to his room. He proudly pointed out a corner filled with his treasures, the map on his wall, the knick-knacks on his dresser and the clothesline weighed down with childish drawings in the hall between his room and his sister’s.…