Won’t You Ring a Bell with Me?

What do you remember about the day of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, CT? Saturday was the anniversary. There have been 28 school shootings since Sandy Hook, including one on Friday. That’s an average of more than one school shooting every two weeks this year alone.

What were you feeling a year ago?

The Life of Kylie

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Parenting requires the ability to tell a good ‘little white lie’ now and then.

Little white lies that blanket the world like snowflakes, sugar-coating a sometimes scary and confusing landscape.

It’s not my strong-suit. I’m compulsively honest, you see. And my daughter, otherwise known as The Inquisitor, is the persistent sort. That’s why conversations that begin with “How are babies made?” end with “Yes, you might poop on the table,” while those that begin with “Why don’t I have a grandfather?” end with “Yes, the man who shot him probably feels really sad.”

And that’s why it’s no small miracle that she’s believed in Santa and his sidekicks, the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny, past her eighth birthday.

But only a few weeks past: Yesterday, she informed me her friend said the Elf on the Shelf doesn’t really…

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