Parenting Ethics
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The Chilean Miners: One Rescue Story to Another

“Welcome to life.” So said President Sebastian Pinera today to Victor Segvia, who had spent 69 days underground, and was the 15th miner lifted up from Chile’s... ...read more
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I Had an Existential Crisis at the Build-A-Bear Store

We’re not really mall people, my family and I. At first, it was because the kids were too young and squirrelly to harness in the crowds. Then because they had a grisly... ...read more
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Impulse Control and The Dog Not Kicked

Samantha Peale |
07.30.2010
I began my clockwise loop of Silverlake reservoir in the late afternoon, when the traffic is thin and the sun is low. Hugging the perimeter on the dirt path, I ran past a few ... ...read more
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Abraham Lincoln Has Something Shocking to Tell You This Mother’s Day

“God bless my mother; all that I am or ever hope to be I owe to her.” So said Abraham Lincoln of his beloved mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, whom he lost to milk sick... ...read more
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Nancy Pelosi: My Kind of Pushy Woman

“‘I’ll take all 68,” was my favorite quotation in last Sunday’s New York Times, really quite a thrilling one, all the better for its terseness. It... ...read more
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Extreme Morning Sickness: Finally—Finally!—It’s Getting Serious Attention

I remember I could only manage the Fishing Channel. Any sitcom, no matter how chuckleheaded—why did that lady knock on that door? why is that guy laughing?—was like reading Hei... ...read more
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What the Hell is Owl City? The Music Report from Kid Central

So lately I’ve been driving in our messy van with my kids and their buddies, first graders to fourth, and they’ve been browbeating me into punching the radio until ... ...read more
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When Arson Shocked My Town

When my son, our firstborn, was a few weeks old, and I was a porridge of hormones, I remember gazing out our car window on Mass Ave in Boston, the busy intersection near the o... ...read more

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