Category Archives: Think about it

Perceptions

Many years ago, when the girls were much younger, I ran across a wonderful book called “Many Moons” by James Thurber.  It is the story of a young princess who falls ill one day after a “surfeit of raspberry tarts”.  … Continue reading

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The Angel Tree (a heartwarming Koch family Christmas tale)

. . Every family has their own “family lore” – stories handed down from generation to generation.  These are generally told around the campfire, on the front porch, or around the dining room table.  The good ones are side-splittingly funny; the really … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tunes: “Simple Gifts”

. There are plenty of videos with this beautiful song out there, but I absolutely LOVE the photography used in this one – it’s full of the people and things that make America such a great country: . . (“Simple … Continue reading

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“Of the People, By the People, For the People”

. Today marks the 154th anniversary of a most solemn occasion: .

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“A Republic, If You Can Keep It”

. . The story goes that as Benjamin Franklin emerged from Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a woman asked him, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a … Continue reading

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“Teresa” – A Forgotten (and Not-So-Golden) Oldie

Growing up, I always wondered why my parents had named me “Teresa“. It isn’t a particularly common name (“Theresa” did make it to #65 in 1950); I lost track of the number of “Mary”s I grew up with, however! The only other girl … Continue reading

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The Important Things

. One of the joys of having a child with Down syndrome is that they are constantly reminding you of the truly important things in life, simply by living a life full of joy and happiness.  They live each day … Continue reading

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The Lovely 10%: The happiest members of a movement you won’t hear about on the news

(October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month; this post – originally posted in 2011 –  highlights just one more thing that many people don’t know about the DS population) As many of you know, our youngest daughter, Rebecca, was born with … Continue reading

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A Somber Remembrance – Thoughts on the Anniversary of 9/11

I suppose every generation has its share of “Where were you when….?” moments – those “somethings” that happen that are so big, so life-altering, and which affect so many people that the vast majority of them have a memory etched … Continue reading

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A Fateful Monday Morning

Statement by the President, August 6, 1945 THE WHITE HOUSE Washington, D.C. IMMEDIATE RELEASE — August 6, 1945 STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an important Japanese … Continue reading

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