Despite her physical affliction, she dances, teaches her dad that suffering can be a gift and shows that she is, above all else, “remarkably Real.”

(Photo courtesy of Logan Sorenson and RDT) Megan O'Brien dances with Repertory Dance Theatre.)

Fifty years ago, I stumbled upon a book now a hundred years old that I expect my daughter and I will continue to love together for as long as fate and future allow. As a child, I liked rough and tumble outdoor play, but I loved to sit on a chair indoors surrounded by our family’s collection of encyclopedias. Words were close and familiar friends. From an early age, ...

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