Archive for February 2014

Donna Day: Kids Get Cancer Too. Don't Look Away.

Donna Day: Kids Get Cancer Too. Don't Look Away.
Today at nursery school pick-up, my three-year-old handed me a collection of drawings and paintings.  Next to me, another parent chuckled and said quietly, “Each week, I have to surreptitiously move most of these art projects into recycling, or else my house would be overrun.” I, too, have to make weekly decisions about how to... Read more »

A Letter to My Twenty-Year-Old Self on My Fortieth Birthday

A Letter to My Twenty-Year-Old Self on My Fortieth Birthday
Dear 20-year-old me, Happy Birthday!  You are enjoying an unseasonably warm day in Evanston as you celebrate two decades of life.  I am writing to you from 20 years in your future, in the midst of what is the most severe winter in my (and your) existence.  On this, the eve of our fortieth birthday, I... Read more »

Great New Update on Michael Morones

Great New Update on Michael Morones
In January, 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted to take his own life by hanging, which has left him in the hospital with serious brain damage.   Although suicidal ideation is a complicated issue with more than one cause, a known factor in Michael’s distress was the bullying he experienced at school. Other kids taunted Michael about his... Read more »
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Update on Michael Morones: The Complications of Bullying, Suicidal Ideation, and Causality

Update on Michael Morones: The Complications of Bullying, Suicidal Ideation, and Causality
UPDATE: As of February 7, Michael is taking some independent breaths.  Go Mighty Michael! In the two weeks since 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted to take his own life by hanging, leaving him severely brain damaged, his parents are trying to sort out what happened and where to go from here. Suicidal ideation is a complicated... Read more »

11-yr-old Boy Bullied for Being A Brony Fighting for Life After Suicide Attempt; How You Can Help

11-yr-old Boy Bullied for Being A Brony Fighting for Life After Suicide Attempt; How You Can Help
Eleven-year-old Michael Morones is a passionate boy.  He idolizes his Uncle Jimmy, who is a proud member of the Bronies.  The term Brony is a portmanteau that refers to fanboys of My Little Pony (“bro ponies”), although girls can be Bronies too. Michael’s favorite character is Pinkie Pie, a hyper excitable pony.   The little boy,... Read more »