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Last spring, I wrote a post entitled The Spiritual Education of Mommy, Part II, and reflected on a sobering, emotional religion class I’d just attended. To recap: As a group, the Monday night religion classes (kids and adults) were told about an upcoming annual four-mile walk/run, organized by a father in the parish whose son, Alec, had been run over and killed by a car backing up in his own driveway. Alec’s parents organized this yearly event to raise money and awareness, trying to press car manufacturers to make back-up cameras standard equipment. We also talked, that evening in my …Keep Reading
So I was just reading this article in the Sunday NY Times this morning, by Pamela Paul, about the phenomenon of bullying drifting down into younger and younger ages. Like kindergarten. Of course, bullying is a huge topic right now, given the rise in attention paid to the tragic stories of bullying leading to suicide in young teens, even though most recent stories are about older kids and homosexuality. But this issue of the mean streak in kids as young as five? Unfortunately this is not a surprise to me. Mean girls (and boys) were around when I was a …Keep Reading
The story about the young man at Rutgers University who, after he found that a video of him having sex with a male partner had been live-streamed on the Internet, committed suicide, has me heartsick. I’m sick for him, for his family, for all the other teens unsure of how they fit in a world that still, still can’t deal with the fact that we’re all born different. I’m also sick for my own children, who are coming up in a world where being a homosexual puts you in a second-class category, shunts you aside, tells you you’re at best …Keep Reading
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