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cover story “It’s easy to forget that family is everything in the rush of Washington ” In 1997 Robert Reich was at a life-changing crossroads. After spending years consumed with the seductive world of politics and governance, he decided to walk away from all of it to spend more time with his sons, Adam (15) and Sam (12). It was a decision that he never second-guessed and has arguably made him a more appreciative and loving grandfather. the lives of tens of millions of people. You tell yourself that you can always make it up to your family. My boys were young teenagers at the time, and I believe they really needed me to be there for them.” Although he never regretted that decision, Reich has been tempted to jump back into the fray on behalf of the common man—an impulse that was honed by his own personal experiences. “I had a fairly normal and happy childhood. I never felt deprived in any way, and I had the great, great gift of love. Even though I was always very short for my age, I never felt short for my age. My parents gave me enormous confidence, and I never doubted for a minute that I could do whatever I wanted to do. [But] I was also painfully aware of bullies. Being as short as I was, they posed a continuing threat. So I suppose you could say I developed an understanding of what it means to be powerless and vulnerable—at least that’s one of the themes I can identify in my life’s work.” And that brings us to his granddaughter, Ella—the one he now wants to protect. “Ella had personality as soon as she emerged. It just got bigger as she grew older. [When she was born] I thought how absolutely beautiful she looked even though Share this article with your friends. Meet ella Happy Half birtHday! “One of my regrets is during those years [in the Clinton administration] I saw very little of my sons. In fact the reason I left Bill Clinton’s cabinet was to spend more time with them,” Reich tells GRAND Magazine. “It’s easy to forget that family is everything in the rush of Washington, particularly at very high levels where you can convince yourself you are immediately and directly affectingGRAND NOVEMBER
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GRAND Magazine - November 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - November 2009

GRAND Magazine - November 2009
Contents
GRAND Central
Robert Reich: Enjoying Ella
Heroes Among Us
Love IS the Answer
Heart Healthy Thanksgiving
Top 5 Tech Gifts for the G’kids
Homework Toolkit
Precious Cargo
Resources
GRAND Finale
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GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - Contents
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GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - GRAND Central
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GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - Robert Reich: Enjoying Ella
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GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - Heroes Among Us
GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - 25
GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - Love IS the Answer
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GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - Heart Healthy Thanksgiving
GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - 31
GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - Top 5 Tech Gifts for the G’kids
GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - 33
GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - Homework Toolkit
GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - 35
GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - Precious Cargo
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GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - Resources
GRAND Magazine - November 2009 - GRAND Finale
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