• Jasper Daniel Tiger

    by  • October 5, 2017 • 0 Comments

    My wife is asleep. It’s late. Later than I’d like it to be, but I am awake. Wide awake, my head full of anxious fantasies about what could go wrong. It’s Friday October 6th, and today is our little girl’s due date. We’re doing a homebirth. The most experienced mid-wife in Taiwan is coming...

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    My son

    by  • November 5, 2015

    I wish you knew my son. I think you’d be charmed in a matter of minutes, especially if you’re a female. I know, I know, all new parents say the same thing. But sometimes it’s true, right? Sometimes there are babies that are so magnetic, so beautiful and joyous that they could charm a dog...

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    On Being Mommy and Daddy by Anna Quindlen

    by  • April 2, 2015 • 0 Comments

    If not for the photographs, I might have a hard time believing they ever existed. The pensive infant with the swipe of dark bangs and the black button eyes of a Raggedy Andy doll. The placid baby with the yellow ringlets and the high piping voice. The sturdy toddler with the lower lip that...

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    The Birth of Jasper

    by  • January 11, 2015 • 17 Comments

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    Since before she was even pregnant, Helen had wanted a natural birth, and to her that meant no interventions unless medically necessary. When we started looking at hospitals around town, that looked more and more unlikely. From visiting and “researching” online, we learned that the standard operating procedure in Taiwan was far from natural. According to...

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    On Becoming a Father

    by  • July 15, 2014 • 7 Comments

    Life has no meaning. There’s no objective purpose to our existence. At least this is my opinion, and as far as I can tell, no scientific basis to think otherwise. But just because there is no objective meaning, doesn’t mean there aren’t perfectly good subjective reasons for living. So for me, the meaning of...

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