Amy Morris-Young lives in the San Juan Islands with husband Dan Morris-Young and son Nick. Dan and Amy have a combined family of six kids and eight grandkids, the youngest of whom made her a Nonna. Amy is a product of 16 years of Catholic education, culminating at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is one of those bleeding-heart liberal Catholics. It is in her DNA to bring you lasagna when you are sick.
While I appreciate that aging is a scary process for all of us — and my decision signifies my embracing that instead of running from it — I certainly don't think it qualifies me as either inspiring or brave.
There is a rarely-discussed truth among us parents of three or more children. In general, we just seem to relax the more kids we have. But there is no possibility for complacence when your child struggles with addiction.
This past weekend marked three years since my Mom passed away. A gift from my stepdaughter, a Christmas cactus, has evolved into a metaphor for my relationship with my Mom.
Column: I try to do what I can when I can for those I perceive as vulnerable and dehumanized. I go to Mass. I pray. I donate some money. I donate some stuff. I sign some petitions. I share information on social media. I vote. But I truly fear it will be not enough.