We were a family in crisis, though we didn’t see ourselves as such. Our youngest child was experiencing horrible, violent seizures that were becoming more and more frequent. In third grade, she was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. The impact of this neurological condition became most difficult when she reached middle school — when her medications reached maximum levels and doped her up, yet remained unsuccessful in controlling her seizures. Her long-term memory was affected She only remembers bits and pieces of those days. So, too, is her limited memory of the day our fifteen-year-old sheltie died. But she remembers…


We moved to Kansas a year into our marriage when my husband accepted a job in a family business. I was devastated. I couldn’t bear having to leave behind family, friends and a job that I loved in my home-town of Chicago. I still remember that gray December day when I watched the impressive skyline fade away in my passenger rear-view mirror. I cried all the way to the Iowa state line.

I soon found that, in Kansas, the skies were bluer, the weather milder and, as first-time buyers, housing was far more affordable. I grew more and more at…


ALS ASSOCIATION ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

Years from now, when we look back on July and August of 2014, we’ll remember the phenomenon known as the ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge. It was the most positive and lively wave to streak across the US in quite some time. Americans came together, ignoring the great political divide, in favor of participating for the greater good. People of all professions, backgrounds and ages drenched themselves with ice water, making a splash to raise dollars and awareness for a previously underfunded and obscure fatal disease. This was social media’s finest hour. This was also personal.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis claimed…


BY DEBBY SIMON

Buh-bye, winter doldrums, vitamin D deficiencies, gray skies and unbearably c-cold temperatures. You’ve been replaced by heat, and lots of it. No, not the vernal equinox - This heat stems from hot-blooded rivalries, bitter matchups, major upsets and longshot victories. Winter’s flu has been replaced by a nationwide epidemic known as bracketmania. Yes, it’s MARCH MADNESS, in all its booming glory—which also means it’s that time of year where bright, intelligent, lovely, caring, creative and normally sane people who live or have lived in this house morph into raving lunatics.

As a proud alum of the University of Arizona, (especially…


The witty Groucho Marx crafted the hilarious line, “I refuse to belong to any club that will have me as a member.” For the past ten months I’ve thought often about Groucho’s wisecrack. I’ve tried hard to keep my sense of humor after I was unwillingly forced into a ‘club’ that insisted I become a member, even though I had no desire to join. After decades of paying thousands of dollars into the healthcare insurance system, I was suddenly blackballed.

My new ‘club’ has an estimated membership of more than 48 million. Rephrasing for more impact: this forced club, one…

Debby K Simon

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