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Dom and Dumber

We are back in Utrecht, a city my husband and I have grown to love after several visits. Our younger son now lives in a nearby town and we are visiting for his 30th birthday. Today we went on the Dom Under tour. The Dom is the 14th Century church tower, the tallest in...

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Giraffe Power

Recently, people from my neighborhood organized a Kids March as part of a growing, if piecemeal, movement aimed at resisting the policies and prejudices of the T… (let’s just say “new”) administration. One of the children’s signs declared “Giraffe Power.” Despite...

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The Yellow Brick Road to November

Today in the New York Times, Charles Blow had this to say about people who support Trump: “They know he’s lying, but they so want to believe the lies that they have pushed themselves into a universe of irrationality that is devoid of logic.” And that’s the real...

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Helping “Hands”

  My husband and I, along with our daughter, began to visit The Netherlands about four years ago after our younger son married a Dutch woman and subsequently moved there. He now lives in a small town outside of Utrecht, and my daughter-in-law’s parents live quite...

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The Deep Roots of Trauma

Yesterday, 26 years after the fact, I had a flashback to the accident in which I lost my right leg. I thought I no longer had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Clearly, I had underestimated its persistence. I have, more or less, done well since the accident—with...

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Disability Dress Code

Recently, The New York Times ran a story about increased scrutiny of veterans who were running for political office. The focus of the piece was Brian Mast, a southeast Florida Republican who lost both legs in Afghanistan, and is campaigning for a House seat. The...

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It Wasn’t Black and White

My (Jewish) mother once told me that, some years before she met my father, an Italian (Catholic) man had proposed to her. She went to her mother to ask what she should do. My grandmother answered with an old saying—“A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will...

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Standarized Test Mania, Dutch Style

I just finished Skyping with my son and daughter-in-law in The Netherlands. It is always a joy to speak with them, and after each time I do I miss them more. They both are teaching—he music in an international school, and she English in a public school. While my son...

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Telling the Dancer from the Dance

Recently I went to a joint dance performance by the Heidi Latsky Dance and Axis Dance troupes intended to honor the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Both companies are composed of able-bodied and disabled dancers. In addition to the stage...

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Girls Are Good, Too

China just announced that it is ending its one-child policy. Not that this means families can have as many kids as they want—just that now they legally can have two. In fact, minorities and couples in which both husband and wife are themselves only children were...

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