Two years ago, on Dragon's 17th birthday, his friends gave me the best birthday present ever.  They had a filled a mason jar with handwritten notes to Dragon --- birthday wishes and memories of Dragon.  For a mother mourning her son, longing for his presence,...

One morning, when Dragon was in fourth grade, he came home with a C on his math test. "What, a C??!  What happened?" I yelled. "I don't know!  I thought I did okay.  I don't know what happened," Dragon said. All evening, I berated him.  Math was his...

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I’m part of this group called Fully Alive, which is sponsored by Newsong’s Mom’s Ministry.  We’re kicking off our Fall women’s group meetings this Friday, and as part of a show-and-tell exercise to get to know one another, Ann, one of our fearless leaders, asked...

I drove Hannah to high school this morning.  Driving out of our neighborhood, we passed the swarms of kids making their way to Pioneer Middle School.  It wasn’t long ago Dragon was the one beside me in the passenger seat on our way to his...

Tuesday will be Dragon’s 3 year anniversary.  3 years.  It’s a lot of time.  It’s hard to believe that it has been three years.  I remember that day like it was yesterday. Tuesday is also Hannah’s first day of school: 11th grade.  Dragon’s younger sister, Hannah,...

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[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In 2009, at the age of 49, one of Daniel’s closest friends, Bruce Kennedy, died suddenly.  Bruce and Daniel had met when they both were in graduate school at Harvard, in the early 90’s, and Bruce had become...