Paula and husband Mark, 55, are confident their youngest of eight kids, who has a permanently dislocated hip, deafness in his right ear and arthritis, will be as determined as ever to overcome any obstacles. … [Read more...] about Boy whose legs were amputated after vile abuse receives first prosthetics legs
Giving your child up for adoption
Kitafahrt teachers don’t panic when their charges disappear, as they typically do. Experience tells them they will be fine. By nudging the very young to explore on their own, German teachers teach them to cope with challenging circumstances. On Kitafahrt outings they sleep under the stars, roast sausages by themselves around the campfire, and invent their own games with sticks and stones by the lake. As these youngsters explore the forest, choose their playmates, settle their own disputes, and figure out how to ask for help, they are developing the lifelong gift of resilience. … [Read more...] about Without iPhones Can German Education Save Kids From Screens?
Getting to know your parents can take a lifetime, especially if they are secretive about their past. That her father, Hans, was more than a philanthropic, art-collecting Venezuelan businessman was something Ariana Neumann dimly grasped from childhood, after hearing him cry out in a strange language while asleep and finding a photo of him on the identity card of someone called Jan Šebesta. Being told, as a student, that she must be Jewish, was another clue: with her Catholic upbringing, it had never occurred to her. Over the years there were further revelations: hearing her father sob by an old railway station on a trip to Czechoslovakia (“This is where we said goodbye”); and finding his name among the 77,297 Nazi victims listed on a memorial in Prague (though with a question mark instead of the date of his death). There was even talk of him writing a memoir and of her helping with it. But it wasn’t until after his death that she began to understand what … [Read more...] about When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann review – an extraordinary Holocaust story
40 Maltby Street 40 Maltby Street, London SE1, 020-7237 9247Gergovie Wines (whose natural wines dominate the list), so they’ve made a virtue of necessity. The kitchen may be the size of a cupboard, but this is über-foodie Maltby Street, so if the food weren’t up to snuff, it would rapidly croak its last. It’s more than just good, and frequently verges on stellar. There’s usually a fine, rough terrine – pork and peppercorn, maybe – and wonderful croquettes (celeriac, say, or smoked haddock). A tart: fine pastry laden with smoked eel, onion and horseradish. Crayfish cocktail on toast. And they’re not afraid to put on a pie: pork and prune, or venison. Dishes may be humble – cabbage rolls with pork broth, egg mayonnaise striped with slivers of fierce, salty anchovy – but they’re always made with an eye towards the consummate pleasure of eating, possibly thanks to chef Stephen Williams’ background in the high-end likes … [Read more...] about My 50 favourite UK restaurants: critic Marina O’Loughlin’s choice
Still, while "non-randomized studies cannot 'prove' that adopting or owning a dog directly leads to reduced mortality, these robust findings are certainly at least suggestive of this," Dr. Glenn Levine, chair of the writing group of the American Heart Association's scientific statement on pet ownership, told CNN in a previous interview. … [Read more...] about Benefits (and some surprising science) about owning a pet