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Other People’s Children

Dollies

She started coming around the house when she was an itty-bitty thing, knee-high to a water-bug or thereabouts. She’d come to play dollies with the girls in the “museum” room. That’s what everyone called the formal living room back in the day because nobody ever really used the room. When they grew tired of dressing dollies, she and the girls would explore the backyard, or sled the hill by her house. In other words, she’s been a part of our family nearly as long as her own family. She even calls me “Mama.” read more

Biden: A Voice for Children

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The first week of June always brings Karly Sheehan to mind.

It is hard to believe that ten years have passed since Karly was tortured to death on June 3, 2005 after her mother left her in the care of an angry man.

That man is dead now, too.

Shawn Field spent the last 10 years of his life in prison, just up the road from where I now write. He died an unpleasant death, alone. His parents sent him a card, told him they wouldn’t be able to join him for his last birthday, they were off to a sunny vacation. read more