Category Archives: Family

Wednesday morning subway ride

Inconsolable,
the child’s sobs
rip through me,
shredding my heart,
each anguished cry
a reminder of
past failings.

4 June 2015
The Shire
Manhattan, New York

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The Meaning of Children: Later

W. Mark Koenig:

My friend Mihee Kim-Kort is hosting a series on her First Day Walking blog that features stories from people in all walks of life and their observations of children and what they make us. Today she honored me by allowing me to share some reflections. Hope I didn’t embarrass anyone. Also, a big shout out to Mihee for calling me “seasoned” as she promoted the post on Twitter.

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The Meaning of Children

In May FDW is hosting a new series on  stories from people in all walks of life and their observations of children and what they make us. Click here for more on the series and a list of the contributors. This post was written by friend and colleague Mark Koenig.

Every parent-child relationship is unique. As is every child-parent relationship. And every relationship between or among siblings. And every relationship within the web of family by choice and family by birth.

Affirming that, my words are descriptive, struggling to capture my unique reality. They neither prescribe nor proscribe. If they resonate with anyone else, provide insight or guidance, that’s grace.

I write as the father of two men. My older son is 32; my younger son 27. My sons, at this and every age. My children. Looking back across the years, I find a number of dimensions of meaning in…

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The Meaning of Children: Letter to Jonathan

W. Mark Koenig:

In May, my friend Mihee Kim-Kort is hosting a series on her blog, First Day Walking, that features stories from people in many walks of life and their observations of children and what they make us. All the posts are amazing. Here, my friend Larissa Kwong Abazia, vice-moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shares part a letter she is writing to her son Jonathan about facing breast cancer. The courage, grace, faith, hope, and love of Jonathan, Dan, and Larissa move and inspire me.

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The Meaning of Children

In May FDW is hosting a new series on  stories from people in all walks of life and their observations of children and what they make us. Click here for more on the series and a list of the contributors. This post was written by my wonderful and beautiful friend Larissa Kwong Abazia. So honored to have her here.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2015. This is a portion of a letter I’ve been writing to my three year old son, Jonathan.

Dear Jonathan,

I’m writing you this letter trusting that I will be around to see your first day of kindergarten, watch you graduate from high school, and be a part of every single step in-between (and after!).  Writing to you during a time that you may or may not remember is important to me. I want you to know how you are an important part of…

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Adventures with the bandanna – Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon

Friday brought a visit to Paia and lunch at Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon. There the bandanna posed with a replica, a wee bit larger than life, of Willie Nelson’s guitar.

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15 May 2015

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Adventures with the bandanna – Iao Valley State Monument

The bandanna visited Iao Valley State Monument today.

Bandanna Iao Valley

14 May 2015

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Adventures with the bandanna – Haleakala

The bandanna made by Emi is getting good use!

New Bandana Haleakala

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New York City AIDS Walk – five updates

AIDS WalkFive updates on the New York City AIDS Walk – Sunday, May 17, 2017

1. I will probably not walk on Sunday. I had not paid close enough attention to my flights and now know I arrive at JFK at 7:25 AM. I will give it a go, but it seems unlikely to me that I will be able to make it to registration. I will also try to find Sean​ and the Marie’s Crisis team.

2. I will walk 10K at some point if I do not make it on Sunday.

3. I will let you know when I walk and I invite friends to walk with me if they are so inclined and available.

4. Sean has pretty well crushed me in fundraising. That’s great because the cause is worthy!.

5. But you still have time to make a gift and decrease the margin of my fundraising defeat.

See you along the Trail.

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