As I sit here composing this newsletter, I am recovering from the onslaught of the influenza A virus. When the symptoms first appeared and then rapidly escalated, I turned to my friends and family on social media for help. "Any advice?" I posed on Facebook. There were several responses directing me to head to the urgent care office and get prescription medicine, which did not surprise me. What did surprise me was the number of good, old-fashioned home remedies that surfaced.
The extended family can be so important to a young child. But the traditional model of a family consisting of a father, mother and children is not always a reality. In my situation, Father was missing in action. Nevertheless, I was very fortunate to have a wonderful grandfather, John Washington, born 1887, and four uncles, including Louis Washington, born in 1928. Uncle Louis extended to me over...