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Parenting today in a post 9-11 world
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Parenting Today in a Post-9/11 World


September 11, 2001, I was doing what all young mothers do.

Separating from my child for the very first time.

Not that we were never apart. Hell, I was a working mom, so there were plenty of times when I saw my son for only minutes a day, as I often left before he was up and got home shortly before his bedtime.

But this was different. This time he was leaving the nest for his first day of preschool. He was only two and a half, but with a six-month-old baby at home and us considering a cross-country move, I needed a few waking hours to deal.

Dropping him off at his brand new preschool was the hardest thing I’d ever done.

Or so I thought.

As I left his school, a man stopped me and said, “I just heard the craziest thing. A plane flew into the World Trade Center.”

Before I could respond, he added, “Wait, what did I just say to you?” The man looked sincerely befuddled, with the same expression on his face as you have when you wake up from a nightmare.

I repeated the horrible thing he said, and he replied, “No, not one plane. Two planes.” read more


The End of the World As We Know It


If you are reading this, then the world didn’t end.


So, now what?

The Mayans and other ancients saw an end of an era, which can mean anything. If you set your sights on the most devastating horrors swirling around us — from Hurricane Sandy to Sandy Hook — then you are missing the bigger picture. If you see a bloody, apocalyptic end to the world, then you are drinking some ugly ass Koolaid. My friend has a sign in her gym that says fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. And that’s a good way to make the case for chaos, a definite sign the world is royally screwed, if not ending.

When I see a woman and a mother — former Representative Mary Bono Mack (R-California) — appearing virtually on the scene of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School beamed in to have a “debate” with Soledad O’Brien about gun control, I can’t believe we live in a world where people — WOMEN for G’d’s sake — actually buy into the idea that guns are off the hook because “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” read more