Photo courtesy of John R. Erickson

Remembering my father

Family | The man whose job was not to tell you how smart you are—but how smart you aren’t
by John R. Erickson
Posted 6/18/16, 08:58 am

I was 2 years old in 1945 when my father returned from military service in World War II. He was anxious to see the son he knew only through photos and letters. Mother said that when he walked into the house, sporting a beard and wearing his Army uniform, I ran screaming from the room and hid in a closet.

He was furious. Joseph Erickson and I got off to a rocky start.

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Indiana demands child advocates abandon baby box effort

Child Welfare | State welfare agency claims the Safe Haven boxes violate state law
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/15/16, 11:54 am

Indiana officials say two baby boxes—newborn incubators that allow women to anonymously surrender their infants—are illegal under state law and must be removed.

In a letter sent earlier this month to Safe Haven Baby Boxes, the nonprofit organization that installed the boxes, Indiana’s Department of Child Services (DCS) said the boxes are not a legal way for mothers to give up their babies. Women who use the boxes could face child abandonment charges, the agency warned.

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'You can't know something until you know it'

by Chelsea Boes
Posted 3/18/16, 02:12 pm

In college I had a mentor who taught me many things I cannot put into words. But one of those things she put into words herself, and I have never forgotten them: “You can’t know something until you know it.”

By this I think she meant I should be patient with myself, and even with the person I used to be, taking into account that no one is born knowing everything. Wisdom comes from experience. We only get experience by living, so when we are young we sometimes do not yet know how to be wise. If you understand this, you can give yourself and others grace.

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