Archive for September 2011

Chaos, Irreverence and Joy at the Children's Services on Rosh Hashanah

Chaos, Irreverence and Joy at the Children's Services on Rosh Hashanah
On Rosh Hashanah, there are numerous services to celebrate the Jewish New Year and to announce the High Holy Days that culminate with Yom Kippur.  Amidst the more solemn services for adults, our synagogue hosts two children’s services, both of which we attended today. We were one of the last families to arrive for the... Read more »

The Online Community Grieves as Donna's Cancer Story Comes to Final Chapter

The Online Community Grieves as Donna's Cancer Story Comes to Final Chapter
The posts are going quickly now, and Donna’s remaining days are few.   The final chapter in Donna’s Cancer Story will be told on October 1st.  There is a nameless, hovering sense of dread among those of us reading Donna’s Cancer Story, coupled with a wistful clinging to the moments of joy. Mary Tyler Mom is... Read more »

Top Ten Things NOT to Say to an Adoptive Parent

Top Ten Things NOT to Say to an Adoptive Parent
Many people are kindhearted yet uneducated about the semantics of adoption.   Other people have good intentions but take a thoughtless approach to satisfying their curiosity. And then there are some people who are simply insensitive. Here’s a little advice about what NOT to say to an adoptive parent (sense of humor recommended!): 1. What happened... Read more »
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Why You Should Be Reading Donna's Cancer Story, Even Though It Hurts

Why You Should Be Reading Donna's Cancer Story, Even Though It Hurts
In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Mary Tyler Mom is devoting the month of September to blogging about her daughter Donna’s 31 months of cancer treatment.  The story begins when Donna is diagnosed with a rare, malignant brain tumor called papillary meningioma before she turns two. Some people started reading about Donna and then... Read more »

It's Not Funny to Call Your Daughter Stupid

It's Not Funny to Call Your Daughter Stupid
If anyone has missed the Great T-shirt event of 2011, here is the ten-second background: J.C. Penney was selling a shirt for girls that said, “I’m too pretty to do my homework so my brother has to do it for me.”  My full-of-awesome friend and colleague, Melissa Wardy of Pigtail Pals, was furious about the... Read more »

September 11th in Chicago at Bank One

September 11 was a lifetime ago for me.  It happened during the years that I was working in finance at Bank One’s world headquarters, located in the Chicago loop. I was part of a healthcare banking team, and flying was a regular part of the job.  On the morning of September 11, several of our... Read more »
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R2D2 cake and spaceship cake for Katie the Star Wars Girl

The finished R2D2 cake!
September 10th is Katie’s birthday.  Last year, two months after she turned seven, she was taunted at school for being a Star-Wars-loving girl, and the geek community gave her a ton of love and support.  This year, when I asked her what kind of birthday cake she wanted me to make, she replied without hesitation,... Read more »