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A Washington Post Essay: ‘I Just Know’

(This essay appeared Dec. 12, 2011 in The Washington Post.) My son Ezra was 4 or 5 when he began asking people their birthdays. At first it seemed like a typical child’s question. But then months later he would encounter acquaintances — or even whole families — and reel off the birth months with perfect [...]

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‘I Am Not Going to Grieve’

I’m guest blogging this week on Tavis Smiley’s PBS website, where you can find a version of this piece: —– How should parents react when they discover that a child faces significant challenges? When mothers and fathers learn that a young son or daughter suffers from a developmental disorder or serious illness, they find themselves [...]

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‘Of Course I’m Sure’

I’ve been delighted to hear a wide spectrum of responses from people who have enjoyed Following Ezra. No matter what their perspective, many readers have the same question: “How did you remember all this stuff?” The truth is, I had some help. Like a lot of parents, I remember many incidents in my children’s lives [...]

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Portland, Minus the Otters

I wish I’d had Ezra with me on Thursday. While he and the rest of my family were in Los Angeles, I traveled to Portland, my hometown, to spread the word about Following Ezra. I started the day with an appearance on “AM Northwest,” the morning show on the local ABC affiliate, KATU. As I [...]

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‘Read This Great Book’

Among the more delightful challenges an author faces is deciding how to inscribe a book. “Best wishes,” seems nice, but generic. “Enjoy!” is fine, but impersonal. Just signing without a message feels somehow lacking. Last night I was contemplating that quandary at the beautiful Los Angeles launch party for Following Ezra. I was humbled and [...]

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