What Do You Love About You?

What Do You Love About You? by Karen Lechelt starts off with a little girl and her kitten next to a pile of stuffed animals.  (And the author's dedication "To My Moon" stole my heart from the very beginning.)  The girl then asks each animal friend in turn what they love about themselves.  Each animal then answers, and in doing so shows us what diversity can bring into our lives, but also teaches about loving ourselves too.  Such a simple yet heartfelt message that isn't too didactic or over-the-top. 

The End of Twilight

I STAND CORRECTED!! I can admit when I'm wrong.  In an earlier post, I note (complain) that Edward doesn't tell Bella that he loves her, but he DOES.  It just takes a while for him to say the actual words.  Also, page 363 holds a steamy--but not R-rated--kiss that I thought was written well. 

We Learned From the Best

There are many things I could admire about Lola, especially today on what would have been her 96th birthday.  I could admire the fact that she had a PhD, at a time when attaining a higher education for a female could not have been easy.  I could admire the way she traveled the world with my Lolo, and then continued to do so years after he passed away.  She lived for 17 years after him, and I can only imagine her grief.  Even now, for me, she has been gone for 16 years and I miss her every single day.

What I choose to remember most and admire the most about my Lola is her generous spirit.

And So The Lion Fell in Love with the Lamb....

Welcome back to our EPIC read-along of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.  When we last left our two love birds, well, they were just starting to become love birds.  In this section, Edward declares his undying/immortal love for Bella.  Wait, that didn't happen.  HE NEVER TELLS HER HE LOVES HER!  This bothered me so much the first time I read Twilight that I kept having to re-read the meadow scene.  Why can't he say the words?!!  Is it because he's a teenage boy?  Albeit, he's lived longer than I have, but vampires don't change, right? 

Defunding Planned Parenthood

I've been reading a lot on social media and online about what happens when we defund Planned Parenthood, and what the repercussions of the new healthcare act will have on underserved populations.  I won't pretend to be a journalist and I won't pretend that I understand all the minutiae of what is going on.  But let me tell you what defunding Planned Parenthood means to me as a pediatrician. 

In my lifetime, I've had to tell two separate twelve-year-old girls that they were pregnant.  Two.  One when I was a resident one when I was an attending. 

For both, I don't know the outcome. 

xo, ox

Suffice it to say that I like palindromes.  What's a palindrome?  Something that reads the same forward and backward.  Like xo, ox by Adam Rex and illustrated by Scott Campbell, my current favorite picture book.  xo, ox is a perfect little unexpected love story that made me laugh out loud again and again.