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To Know is to Jeong

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Today is Clark’s Homecoming Day.  On January 17, 2006, we brought 6-month-old baby Clarkah from the other side of the world to inhabit our lives and change us forever. We are his and he is ours – with every ounce of our being. Today, I learned about the Korean concept of Jeong. In the words…

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Lysander, 18.

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Lysander turns 18 today. He is a unique individual. Sure, we all consider each of our children remarkable – it is the privilege of parenthood. Still, from the earliest years, we’ve observed this person grow and develop an exceptional character, unconcerned about how others perceive him. Indeed, when anyone assigns “weird” to anyone or anything,…

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Clark, 13

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Clark Howard JeeSung Snyder turns 13 today. My baby, the youngest of four, is now “officially” a teenager. Just in the past couple of months his gaze all too quickly approaching the level of mine slipped right by and can now, ever so slightly, cast down on me. I stand tall in this newly appointed…

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Fathers, Sheer Silence, and Being King Of the Mountain

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep408-Fathers-Sheer-Silence-and-Being-King-Of-the-Mountain.m4a Fathers, Sheer Silence, and Being King Of the Mountain My husband, Howie, likes to ride his bike. He likes it so much that he will kit himself with all manner of spandex and glucose gel packs, and configure a route on his Garmin for sometimes 100 miles in a go. Apparently, there are quite…

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The Mother Gene? (not to be confused with mom jeans)

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep406-The-Mother-Gene.m4a The Mother Gene? (not to be confused with mom jeans) My daughter and I recently submitted a vial of our saliva to the ancestry and health research site, 23andme.com. I’ve learned quite a bit about genetics since beginning this project, such as the role of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), which is present in all human…

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This Is We

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep405-This-Is-We.m4a Last weekend, my sister-in-law, Rachel, suggested we watch The Greatest Showman. And how grateful I am she did! The film is not a documentary about the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum, the founder of what became the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. It is however, a wonderful story loosely based on P.T.…

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I Am Clark

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep404-i-am-by-clark-snyder.m4a I Am: Mindful Poetry My youngest son, Clark, who is 12 years old at the time of this recording, was given the task of writing a poem for his 7th grade language arts class. Each of three stanzas repeat the opening line that begins, “I am . . .” each student to follow with…

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Be Present to Joy

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Date night with my partner-in-life to see Cabaret at the Paramount Theater, Aurora, IL. On being present to Joy, Sister Wendy Beckett says: “It is inadequate, even misleading, to speak of ‘experiencing joy’, though it is impossible to find another phrase that can suggest what is meant. Joy is too great to be experienced. It is…

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A Nose For This

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My dad comes from a proud line of prominent nosed peoples. I take after my father in many ways, and the nose is quite obviously one of those. My parents were always generous with their love toward their children and I grew to develop a fairly good sense of self. But my nose was always…

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Photography: Mindful Memory Making

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  https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep401-photography-mindful-memory-making.m4a Photography: Mindful Memory Making When our first daughter was a baby we accumulated a few child-oriented cassette tapes (do you remember those?), one of which is a collection of Disney tunes that includes the song, “Makin’ Memories.” “Long before the old model T, ‘round about the turn of the century (the last one,…

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