Our Family Before Us

Have you ever been the recipient of an inheritance after a loved one has passed away? If we really think about it, every one of us can answer yes. Obviously I’m not speaking only of monetary inheritance. How about personality traits or traditions? What of cultural inheritance or physical attributes? All of that plays into…

Growing Sibling Power

It’s a common adage that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. While the whole of the family indeed makes a great contribution to human lives, the different parts also make their own unique and valuable contributions across the lifespan. Children have an influence on parents and parents have an influence on…

Rosebuds

My daughter’s first birthday is approaching and  as every mother may know, this is cause for natural reflection. And oh, how I have been reflecting on my beautiful baby girl. The plot of earth that is now my garden was once a travesty, the product of years of distraction, disinterest, and neglect. The previous home…