Being a parent is the most selfless gift. Your job is to give this person, who is your heart outside yourself, everything, while grooming them to someday leave you and go into the world. With our children, we have a beautiful interchange --each of us being the other's greatest teacher. Here's what being a parent has taught me.
The year closed in an epidemic of fear and displacement. Fear of terror, of violence, of speaking up, of being gunned down -- in church, in the street, in a park, at an office party, in one's own home. Displacement, due to barrel bombs and cluster bombs, terrorist thuggery and the very real threats on multiple continents from dictators clinging to power.