When her dad died in June, Shirley Wang promised herself to live less tethered – to be OK with risks and plan great adventures. The 22-year-old had just completed her degree from Tufts University and spent the spring fretting over where to land next. She thought back to something her father, Lin Wang, had suggested as a post-graduation endeavor: move to his homeland, China. So after the cancer killed him, Shirley Wang booked a one-way flight. She had spent the two years since her dad’s diagnosis learning all she could from him: about his childhood in China, his life inside the Cultural Revolution and his immigrant community in Iowa City, Iowa, the events and experiences that shaped his life before she and her brother were born. Along the way, she used her skills from studying journalism to become her family’s memory-keeper. She wrote her dad a short story about her dog Junior, a Shih Tzu whom he never wanted but who grew to be a comforting companion through all the … [Read more...] about Her dad’s friendship with Charles Barkley made you cry. This is why she shared it.
A dad has told how he rescued his young family who were sleeping as a fire raged below their top floor flat.Tom Claykens spoke of their dramatic escape as the inferno took hold. He said he was woken up around 5.20am by the smell of acrid smoke and a loud crackling sound at their home in Biddenden high street."I had a look downstairs and there was a fire and a great deal of smoke," he said."I quickly woke up my wife and children and I got my son out and my wife got our daughter out. We had to run through the smoke."Tom said that at first his wife Becky was reluctant to come down the stairs but he told her she had to: "There was already so much smoke and my wife was in a panic as she didn't know where the fire was.""She grabbed a dressing gown to cover our baby's face," he said.VIDEO: Dad speaks out after blaze that destroyed family home Tom added that it was lucky they got out when they did as the blaze has destroyed their home and said: "The Christmas presents have gone and my son's … [Read more...] about Dad tells of dramatic night-time rescue as fire took hold
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Amanda Kaufman Globe Correspondent December 16, 2018 Tufts University graduate Shirley Wang had always brushed off her father’s tales of drinking and hanging out with Charles Barkley as nothing more than “constant fan-girling” — until the basketball legend arrived at her father’s funeral to deliver a heartfelt eulogy.“It was just hard to believe the realness of the friendship,” said Wang, whose account of the story captured national attention Saturday when the segment aired on NPR’s sports program, Only A Game. “I was at that funeral and everyone was so upset and [Barkley] just walked in and it was like, ‘What else do we not understand about how the world works?’”Lin Wang, of Muscatine, Iowa, worked as a chemist in the cat litter industry. He struck up a bond with Barkley in 2013 during a … [Read more...] about She laughed off her dad’s stories about Charles Barkley. Then he showed up at her dad’s funeral
A Derbyshire teenager was found hanged in the same spot where her father took his own life when she was six-years-old, an inquest heard. Mia Bell, 15, was found hanging by a group of children in woodland near her home in August 2017. Chesterfield Coroner’s Court heard that the children approached a passing dog walker who headed over to investigate after they told him they had ‘seen a demon in the woods’. Upon finding Mia, the dog walker immediately alerted the emergency services who performed CPR and managed to regain a pulse.Mia, a pupil at Alfreton’s David Nieper Academy, was taken to King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton and transferred to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, but deteriorated quickly and died on August 31. The inquest, held on Friday, December 14, heard that Mia was a troubled young woman with a history of self-harm and hearing voices. She also intermittently suffered from suicidal thoughts and hallucinations, and spoke of a … [Read more...] about ‘Beautiful and lovely’ Derbyshire teen found dead at same spot where dad took his own life
Dec 14, 2:42 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Media & Culture By Rebecka Schumann @RebeckaSchumann 12/07/18 AT 11:13 AM If you want to buy dad the perfect present this Christmas but are at a loss what to get him, we have the perfect gift ideas for you. The following unique items are tailored for every type of man and every type of budget. Thrifty The Tap from BladeTap helps extend the life of razors. Photo: BladeTap Razors are an expensive necessity. Help dad prolong the life of his razors by gifting him BladeTap's The Tap ($17). This innovative product eliminates most shaving problems and offers a faster and better shave by unclogging and sharpening blades. The Tap, which also acts a storage hook, is available in three colors. Health-Conscious Brüush is much more than just an electric toothbrush company, it provides a complete subscription service. Photo: Brüush This … [Read more...] about Christmas Gifts For Dad 2018: Unique Gift Ideas For Every Man, Every Budget