Ooops!!! Last Sunday, a computer gremlin ate for breakfast the last two digits of the phone number for the Doula program. So we’re going to repeat most of what we printed. Here goes: “If you get upset every time you read about child abuse and neglect, there’s a program that helps you combat the problem from the beginning. The Doula Project, sponsored by Catholic Family Services in Spokane, matches experienced parents with single parents. The Doulas help through prenatal, birthing and the early parenting months. Doulas make a year’s commitment and volunteer six to eight hours a month with the single parent. The program also matches experienced fathers with single males. Call 456-7146.
Survivors needed: We’re looking for stories from parents who have lost children and from people who were involved in accidents in which others were killed, but they survived. Recently in the Inland Northwest, there have been several tragic accidents and many families are in grief. Five Deer Park residents, four of them teens, recently died in a car accident. And a Las Vegas family, visiting relatives near Hayden, died in another accident. The drivers of the vehicles that hit those cars lived and the accidents were not their faults. So they are in anguish, too. You can help by writing a letter explaining how you got through the horror of losing a child or being involved in an accident where others died. We will pass the letters onto the families and the surviving drivers. Write: Survivors Stories, The SpokesmanReview, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210-1615. Thank you!
Mommy dearest: If you haven’t read the story about singer Carly Simon’s dysfunctional childhood in her affluent household, it’s fascinating. The article in the August Vanity Fair will make you feel like a great mother, no matter your failings. Carly’s mother, for instance, was so envious of her daughters that when Carly married James Taylor, her gift was the “cheapest version of the Encyclopedia Britannica.” For Carly’s second marriage, her mother gave her “some giveaway from the Reader’s Digest that she had gotten off the shelf.”
1950s redux: The letters continue to come in response to the excerpt from the 1950s home-ec textbook that urged women to pamper their husbands to the extreme (by 1990s standards, at least). A woman who signed her letter Queen of My House wrote: “I am 31 years old and have been married a little over 2 years. What is wrong with a little kindness to the one you love? I have been on both sides of the fence: having a job and working at home and I am here to tell you, I will make his dinner every night, look good for him, arrange his pillow, talk to him with a soothing voice, allow him to relax and unwind if I don’t have to go to another job again! I like my side of the fence better!”
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MEMO: Common Ground is written on alternating weeks by Rebecca Nappi and Dan Webster. Write to them in care of The Spokesman-Review, Features Department, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210-1615. Or fax, (509) 459-5098.