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The Power of One: 25th High School Reunion By HF Contributing Writer, Dana Pilson This past weekend was my 25th high school reunion. I went to a boarding school in New Hampshire, so high school reunion meant not going back to my old home-town in the suburbs of New York City, sleeping at my parents’ house, and getting together with classmates at a local hotel banqueting room. Instead, Daisy, Will and I… Read More

The Power of One: Weaned By HF Contributing Writer, Dana Pilson I remember it well, Daisy as a chubby pink baby. She looks up at me with a toothless grin, and then makes a fist with one hand. She opens and closes it, one, two three times. “Hungry, again?” Okay, I pull up my shirt and let her nurse. As usual, she falls asleep in my lap, her face smushed against my… Read More

The Power of One: Experiment of a Large Family BY HF Contributing Writer, Dana Pilson Ophelia the only, says she’s lonely She wants a playmate at home. She has toys galore, often asks for more, But still complains she’s alone. Would a dog or a cat, be the answer to that? Would a pet enliven her room? But dogs bring on wheezes, cats give us sneezes How to cure such sadness and… Read More

The Power of One: Art Smarts BY HF Contributing Writer, Dana Pilson There are few things more wonderful than a child’s creativity. Daisy recently crafted this family portrait from a kit of felt pieces that includes many more children and babies, cats and dogs. Usually her scenes are complicated affairs, large families with scads of children lined up in rows. I love the sparse, crisp quality of this little trio. I find… Read More

The Power of One: The Bounty of Books BY HF Contributing Writer, Dana Pilson Would Arthur be as amusing without D.W.?  Who would Stella impart all her worldly knowledge to, without Sam?  Sister and Brother Bear might squabble like grizzlies, but could we imagine one without the other?  Annie is spunky while Jack is shy, the two of them make a dynamic duo in their magic treehouse.   Could we imagine Laura Ingalls… Read More

The Power of One: My One and Only Daisy BY HF Contributing Writer, Dana Pilson I knew it would happen someday, I just didn’t expect it so soon. Returning home from a boisterous sledding adventure with our next-door-neighbor’s children, my five-year-old daughter Daisy bursts into tears. “Why don’t I have a playmate at home?” she wonders. “Why does everyone else have a playmate at home, and I only have you. You’re boring…. Read More

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