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The Value of A Life

I am thinking about the value of one person’s life as I prepare to say goodbye to a good friend. Educators classified Allison as MMI, Mild Mental Impairment. Allison died suddenly, in her apartment January 2. She had a pulmonary embolism. She was 38 years old. As I get my thoughts together, this morning’s Wall Street Journal‘s article about “carrier screening,” hits a chord. The author describes a simple test so no parent need face giving birth to a child with a genetic defect. What gives value to our life? Is it being free of defect? Is it our success in our careers?…

NaBloPoMo: The End of the Journey

My sister, Bonita plans a trip with Mom the second week of June for the past 13 years.  I went the first year and again this year with three of my five sisters.  (Yes, I have brothers, too:  three.)  I mark the years by Dad’s death, and by my first grand-daughters birth. This year we travel to the East Coast to visit Uncle Ken, two years younger than Mom, and Aunt Annie, 14 years younger than Mom.  We plan to drive, but Mom finds us plane tickets on the internet that cost less than we’d spend driving.  Yes, Mom did…

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