Two months. That's how long my first-born has before life as she knows it transforms forever. Her baby sister is due in nine weeks and my beautiful Yasmeen will no longer be "the baby." She will become "the big sister."
Orchid children are fragile like the flower. They need lots of TLC from parents or caregivers if they are to blossom. But if and when they do flower, so the traditional belief goes, it is something to behold.
When they were born, they were all potential. We couldn't do anything but start screwing them up from day one. So, when we see characteristics in our kids that are reflections of our best selves, it's a big check in the win column.
Using the idea that our sexuality is due to nature over nurture in order to validate or justify it inherently suggests that there might be something wrong with it. Why does being gay need to be validated or justified?
Not knowing what I now know about my personal character as a black, gay man, had my input been requested during the pre-embryonic stage, I probably would have requested that I be born another way. But as the old cliché goes, everything happens for a reason.
We used to hear that women aren't physical or competitive or aggressive enough to dedicate themselves to sport. But c'mon, did you see those triumphant Canadians and devastated Americans after their sudden-death overtime?
In 2006 I helped my 25-year-old son Jamal locate his biological families. I was unprepared for the discovery of how much he had in common with his birth parents, which led me to undertake my own search, a quest to understand genetics and how they might impact adoption.
Without the right skill set, health is elusive. You can't get there from here. The relevant skills are yours for the taking, and with them, you and those you love truly can be to an astonishing degree, disease-proof.
Comic books, computer games and toys are rife with heroes and villains -- "good" and "evil" characters. But the real-life story of the accused Boston bombing brothers has unleashed potential dangers for young children who may confuse fantasy with this cruel reality.
While science by itself cannot overcome the deep underlying causes of anti-LGBT prejuidice and discrimination, it can help to combat the myths and old wives tales that underlie so much of homophobia. Thats why it's important to distinguish what is science and what is science fiction.