MY BABY DOESN T MAKE EYE CONTACT : HAY FEVER IN BABIES : BABY GROWTH CHART
Like The Lovely Bones and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Cammie McGovern's breakout novel is at once a hypnotic thriller and an affecting portrait of people as real as our next-door neighbors. In Eye Contact, two children vanish in the woods behind their elementary school. Hours later, nine-year-old Adam is found alive, the sole witness to his playmate's murder. But because Adam has autism, he is a silent witness. Only his mother, Cara, can help decode his behavior for the police. As the suspense ratchets, Eye Contact becomes a heart-stopping exploration of the bond between a mother and a very special child.89% (17)
I've been doing a lot of staring these days. But I think this is a good opportunity to discuss one of the monumental revelations I went through the other day. Over the weekend (Sunday through Monday) I went to DC for the March for Life. About 400,000 people were there. 400,000. That's basically 24 times the amount of people that reside in my town of North Canton. And I wasn't shocked that there were that many as much as I was surprised that most of them were my age. It's weird being at a rally with so many people that have the same thought processes as you. After living so long in fear of voicing my opinions about anything - abortion, religion, Sarah Palin, Fox News, healthcare, biggots, homosexuality, Glenn Beck, and political topics in general - I was suddenly immersed by people that didn't call Catholics "horrible" and "close-minded." People that didn't instantly stereotype me as a "homophobe" and "heartless." People that didn't poke fun to make right-wing activists look like idiots, all the while not giving other people's opinions any kind of merit. People that wanted freedom. People that wanted to do things instead of wanting the government to do everything for them. They wanted life. They needed life. They respected it. If you asked me if I was pro-life a year ago, I don't know what I would've said. For several years now I've been unsure how I feel about LGBT, about abortions, about Catholicism, and about politics. I remember when my Mom made my family go stand outside of Planned Parenthood and I refused to hold a sign or do anything productive. It didn't feel right. Even when I was getting ready for the rally I wasn't quite sure where my allegiances lied. I didn't tell any of my friends that I was going to DC. What I was doing there. What I believed in. I felt like I couldn't without getting one of those "really?" looks or a "well, that's great you have that opinion" comments. At the march, I didn't even feel that comfortable holding a sign, but then I read everyone else's. There were signs about kids that were supposed to be aborted but were fine. Signs that proclaimed facts such as "90% of Mothers with babies with Down Syndrome choose to terminate their pregnancy." A doctor set up photos of aborted fetuses and was spitting out all kinds of statistics and scientific facts. One sign really caught my attention: After the march my group stood outside of Union Station and I split away to get some fried rice. Let it be known I am a constant clutz to the point that people don't notice me when I bump into them at school. On the way back I ran into a woman who looked like she was in her late 30s. She grabbed my shoulder to keep me from falling and stared at me, her eyes watered down into mud puddles - she said something, quiet enough that I almost thought I imagined it: "She'd be 17." Seventeen. My age. We stood there for what must've been a second, but felt like a minute. All of these riled up marchers moving around us, as if we were in the middle of some tear-jerking film. The button glistened on her coat lapel: "I regret my abortion." It doesn't break my heart that so many abortions occur as much as it annoys me that people are "pro-choice" but only a few are serious about it. I can't count the amount of people I talked to that said they are pro-choice but "I would never have an abortion, but I think people should have the choice." Or "I think abortion isn't okay, but I think it should be allowed for those cases like rape and if the mother is in danger." Rape? Please. Yeah, I'm going to be insensitive here. But it's horrible - yes - but it happens. And due to the stress a victim goes through, the condition and health of the victim, and other variables - pregnancies that result from rape are extremely rare. On top of the fact that very few rape occurrences lead to pregnancy - studies have shown that for the most part pregnancies from rape are not terminated. In fact, in a poll conducted not too long ago, only 0.5% of women said their abortion was because they were a victim of rape. There are laws out there protected baby sea turtle eggs on beaches. Eggs. That means turtle fetuses that haven't breathed yet. And therefore aren't anything. Aren't living. But in America there are no laws stopping abortions in which doctors deliver 90% of a living baby and end it's life to save the mothers, when they could just deliver the head and send it to a nursery instead. Yeah, I am rambling - I had to look this up. I had to hear it. My mother is pregnant for the second year in a row. I feel like I'm getting an experience none of my friends remember. Such as feeling their new sibling's feet kick on your hand while in the womb. Like going to your mother's ultrasound and hearing a nurse tell you you're going to be a big sister. Like seeing a being on a fuzzy black and white screen. Seeing a hclyde my neurotic dog - a story...
There is much truth in his thought bubble here. Clyde is the most neurotic dog I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. (although, there is another, Stimpy - that Mum may end up rehabilitating - as his owner has cancer and Mum is the only other person he will not bite - keep your eyes out for Stimpy the Chihuahua pics coming soon, we managed some fantastic ones the other day)!! We adopted Clyde about 3 years ago now age 7 - but don't let the age fool you!! (yes you can teach an old dog new tricks fyi) He can run faster than any puppy, is ever so faithful, playful and veryloyal! Clyde can also get any rat that has the misfortune of coming into our yard (local rat problem - we live on a lake in FL so there is ducks, foxes, turtles, FL Black snakes etc that come into our yard, he ONLY takes out the rats) When he moved in with us he was so insecure and so very sad (also very shy good pics are rare, he doesn't pose like Clover or Stimpy when the camera comes out) - now he is a secure and proud protector of his family. Always at Mum's feet, he follows her around every where, but he also has a doggie door to a large yard which is open about 16 hours a day and well used! Clyde has enough manners as to not need a leash in his own front yard (and anywhere else as he is trained to stay at your side and does so without needing to be 'forced' or told - in fact he is NEVER naughty)! Not bad for a doggie that was once so depressed and scared that he was almost a 'Prozac' candidate! Poor luv, we don't know what had happened or what he's seen but it sure made him sad for a long time, and when Mum leaves the house without him, like a 2 year old baby he will let out a loud sad cry at the door for a few minutes before going back to his 'spot'. He sometimes has panic attacks if the entire couch is being used LOL! (well not for him). Most neurotic dogs bark a lot, Clyde only does so to let you know if someone is here or in the yard. You only have to tell him once to shoosh. Hmmm can you tell we love him to bits?!? Our pets are truly part of the family - which makes Clyde my brother LOL! About Clyde Favorite things: Playing 'tag' with Clover the cat - they love to take turns chasing one another! Treats - if you eat it, he reckons he can too. Napping on the couch sneaking into Mum's bed when Dad leaves for work. Following Mum 1-2 houses behind in 'ninja' mode when she takes my sis to the school bus stop. Shredding stuffed toys that you give him. He won't eat lil sissy's stuffies - that would make her cry. (and besides she's 6 and slips him food) *PLEASE* when considering a pet please contact your local animal rescue and make sure to 'de-sex' (spay neuter) your pet too! Vaccinations are also just as important as your pet fitting into your life style - if you work 12 hours a day and live in an apartment, consider a cat, rather than a dog for example, as a dog will get bored and that's when they tend to chew shoes etc.
Thirty years ago, after the breakdown of an oil negotiation, the President of the United States decided that all people born with unusual abilities, which he would now refer to as “the condition”, would be locked away from the general public where they couldn't harm others. Parents and loved ones of these people, most of whom were children, were forced to turn them in upon penalty of death. Formed to keep the institutions secure, the Committee for the Protection of a Free Society now rules these institutions with an iron fist.?? The granddaughter of one the Committee members, Addison Wade has lived her life wary of the institutions and all they represent. A woman of secrets, she is forced to turn to Safe Dawn, one of the facilities designed to hold conditioned people, when her nephew is kidnapped and, despite her best efforts, cannot be recovered. She knows the last thing anyone in 'Safe Dawn' will want to do is to help a Wade with any problems, but she is desperate and out of options.?? Spencer Lewis is famous for being the premier conditioned ‘locator.’ There's no one he can't find and he has a soft spot for missing children. But, Spencer has been through a trauma and locating Jeremy Wade may be dangerous both to himself and to those around him. In addition, he takes one look at ice cold Addison Wade and wants nothing more than to knock her down a peg. Never having turned down an opportunity to help a child, he reluctantly agrees to help recover Jeremy.?? In a world where nothing is as it seems and every person they encounter has his own agenda, Addison and Spencer will find that the only people they can trust are each other. But how can anyone fall in love living in a world that wants you dead just for being born??Related topics:
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