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Cherishing that Silent Night in the NICU

CHRISTMAS FLOATED AWAY THAT DECEMBER like a snowflake caught in a gust after the birth of our third son, Ray, at Longmont United Hospital. “Does he look like anyone in the family?” the nurse asked, hopefully. Minutes later, at about … Continue reading

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Earthy ER visit first gift of Christmas

AS RAY AND I WAITED FOR the doctor in the emergency department my boy swiped a hot pink Band-Aid and promptly dropped trou to stick it on his private part. For several days our first grader with some special needs … Continue reading

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“Turkey Through a Straw” No Deal Breaker

FOR ALL THE GOODWILL THAT surrounds the Thanksgiving feast in America, my family came to describe our experience year after year in the 1970s and 1980s with one phrase that makes us sound like a bunch of ingrates. We dubbed … Continue reading

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Down-to-Earth in Brave New World

FOR ALL THE VISUAL FASCINATION 3-D glasses bring to any IMAX show, the “Let ‘Em In” snippet from the 1976 Wings’ hit in “A Beautiful Planet” rings in my ears as we face this brave new world of underdog U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Sure, … Continue reading

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Lost-and-Found at Rocky Mountain National Park

WIND OFF THE NEARBY CONTINENTAL Divide by now has erased the footprints our group stamped around Rocky Mountain National Park searching for my lost boy at sunset last Sunday. But the scramble to find Andy, 8, as we did, haunts me … Continue reading

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The Bread-Making Method of Bringing Up Kids

  AT   OUR HOUSE WE ONCE called the dinner hour The Witching Hour — a time so bedeviled that my husband often took a deep breath before opening the backdoor by the kitchen after a long day at the office. … Continue reading

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Patty’s Porch Light Shines on Over America

USUALLY, I WRITE STORIES ON our kitchen table — the one so rickety that milk spills from the kids’ cups if you bump it and causes everyone else to eye it with contempt as campfire kindling. It came from Grandma … Continue reading

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Love Without Labor

WHEN RAY’S BEST FRIEND IN first grade came over for a backyard cookout last weekend, she presented a dozen long-stemmed yellow roses from her family and a heart full of wedding plans. Gracie reminded her mother several times that week to … Continue reading

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The Summer Catching His Breath Became Cool   

DURING A LEISURELY SUNSET WALK with my son earlier this week, Carl kicked off his red Crocs to sprint what he figured to be 100 meters barefooted. Then, just before the sidewalk’s straightaway curved east, he lifted his arms and dropped … Continue reading

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Boy mystery No. 547: Why dig holes to China?

BEFORE ANYONE CALLS SOCIAL SERVICES, I need to explain why my youngest son upon occasion stands in a deep hole in our backyard with an upturned tomato cage over his head. Please note that Ray, 6, views the wire structure … Continue reading

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