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Courage and Hope In the summer of 2008, Stephanie Nielson, 27, was living a picture-perfect life married to the man of her dreams and raising four beautiful children. On Aug. 16, that all came crashing down. “The accident took so much, but over the last three years, I feel like I have, slowly but surely, reclaimed from the wreckage everything that truly matters.”

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P Titanic wreckage

Q: Why is the Titanic

still at the bottom of the ocean? —B. F., San Francisco

A: The ship is so fragile

that a full excavation would be too costly and time-consuming, with no promise of success. “It’s easier to go to the moon,” laughs P. H. Nargeolet, director of underwater research for RMS Titanic Inc. Indeed, it took his team two years to stabilize and raise a small, 20-ton piece of the 46,000-ton ship.

P Belfast’s Titanic museum

Q: Was any memorial created for the victims? —Ward, via Facebook

A: Because the passen-

gers and crew hailed from many countries, there are a number of memorials around the globe—from a statue honoring the ship’s engineers in Southampton, England, where the Titanic set sail, to a

Titanic in real life ife THE MUSIC According to some witnesses, an eight-man band played either “Nearer, My God, to Thee” or “Songe d’Automne” during the ship’s final moments. LOVE STORY Macy’s co-owner Isidor Straus and his wife, Ida (right), refused a lifeboat and were last seen together on the ship’s deck. TREASURE Passengers brought along their personal baubles; some have been recovered from the wreckage.

PET FANCY There were reportedly 12 dogs being transported on the Titanic, three of which lived.

60-foot-tall lighthouse in New York’s South Street Seaport. A new museum in Belfast, where the ship was built, opened in March; it features breathtaking


T Titanic on the screen A four-man band plays “Nearer, My God, to Thee” as the ship sinks. The actor who portrayed the bandleader is a professional violinist.

The Strauses are T shown as an elderly couple embracing each other in bed as they share a last tender moment together.

Q: Is it true that they are auctioning off items recovered from the wreck? —Louie, Philadelphia

A: Yes—5,500 artifacts,

valued at $189 million in 2007 (including jewelry and pieces of the ship), will be sold as one lot in mid-April; the deadline for bids was April 1. The buyer must be courtapproved and agree to maintain the collection and display it publicly.

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Q: Why is the world still The movie’s Heart of the Ocean necklace (left) was fiction, but its creator, Asprey & Garrard, made a real-life replica that was auctioned for charity in 1998 for $2.2 million. The older Rose (played by Gloria Stuart) has a Pomeranian (left)— the breed of two of the surviving dogs.

replicas of the vessel’s exteriors and interiors (like the 10,000-piece Grand Staircase), videos from the site of the wreck, and views of the original shipyard.

fascinated by the Titanic tragedy 100 years later? —A. Evans, Lincoln, Neb.

A: “What makes it so

haunting and iconic is that it was a microcosm of the world; whoever you are, there was someone like you on board,”

HEAR A SURVIVOR TELL HIS STORY The recently published book A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival follows a family’s incredible escape from the sinking ship. Go to Parade .com/caldwell to listen to patriarch Albert (right) as he relived the ordeal shortly before his death in 1977.

Were Rose and Jack based on real passengers on the Titanic? —Don G., Hawthorne, Calif.

The characters played by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio (above) in director James Cameron’s film were inspired by two star-crossed lovers, but neither was on the ship. As Cameron has put it, Jack and Rose are “Romeo and Juliet on the Titanic.”

says Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, 62, who wrote the new ABC miniseries Titanic (April 14 and 15; check local listings). Dramatizations can also offer catharsis, he adds: “Disasters allow you to reevaluate life, and that can be sort of marvelous.”


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he is B. B. King’s favorite slide guitarist. Adele and Bon Iver perform her hits. In 40 years, Bonnie Raitt has never gone out of fashion. Now the 62-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is releasing her first album in seven years, Slipstream, with covers of two Bob Dylan songs and a sultry, bluesy vibe. “There’s a little something for everybody,” she tells Roger Friedman as she gears up for a tour starting in May.

PARADE You and Alicia Keys performed a tribute to Etta James at the Grammys, singing “A Sunday Kind of Love.” What’s your Sunday kind of love? The part I can talk about in a family magazine? [laughs] Well, a nice leisurely morning, reading the papers, then out into the country. I live in Northern California, in Marin County, and there are many beautiful choices of hikes to take. Or my boyfriend and I go for a bike ride. We make dinner at home, watch 60 Minutes and a movie.

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Slipstream is on your own label, Redwing Records. Why did you put it out yourself? Because I can! I have a pretty solid base of fans. I like the control, and this way if we’re messing up, money, entertainment, and more at least it’s our own fault. I used to say I didn’t want to talk weasel [deal with the business end]. But I’m really WHEN JANIS driving my career. JOPLIN AND It’s not like JIMI HENDRIX DIED, I SAID, ‘THAT’S someone else picks the songs NOT GOING or the looks. TO BE ME. I’M


You made it a point to cut out drinking a while ago. I thought I had to live that partying lifestyle in order to be authentic, but in fact if you keep it up too long, all you’re going to be is sloppy or dead. I recently had my 25th anniversary of sobriety. I was one of the lucky ones. Seeing Whitney Houston pass away, and Amy Winehouse—everyone smiled at her “Rehab” song, but for me it was heartbreaking to hear her sing that because it just looked like she was on a slippery slope.


Bonnie Raitt The guitar heroine on taking control, staying sober, and being kissed by an angel Who is your boyfriend? We’ve been together seven years now. He’s great, but that’s all I can say. You know, [it’s like] the Sippie Wallace song that goes, “Don’t advertise your man.” Your red hair and its streak are one of your signatures. Is it natural?

The silver-white streak is natural. I was 24 [when it came in] and you can sort of see it on album covers. By 1981 it was expanding and my red was fading, so I started dyeing my hair [around the streak]. No one else in my family has it. I’ve been told it means you’ve been kissed by an angel.

Do you like touring? I love it. But when I went through a lot of loss [Raitt’s parents died in 2004 and 2005, and she lost a brother to a long battle with cancer], I took a hiatus. I’m just watching the pace, keeping a nice balance. If my memory serves me well, I’ve already made it. [laughs] How do you get comfortable on the road? Our tour bus becomes a second home. Email really helps me stay in touch with friends and save my voice. But I have to remember to get off the laptop and onto the yoga mat.

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PMovies BULLY Already the focus of a celeb-fueled battle against its R rating (for language)—which was unresolved at press time—this powerful documentary exposes bullying as it actually occurred in several schools, making palpable the pain of harassed kids and showing how little is done to help them.



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How do you keep going when your perfect life has been shattered? In an excerpt from her new memoir, plane crash survivor Stephanie Nielson recounts how unshakable faith, and her family’s abiding love, gave her strength on the long road back.

n the summer of 2008, Stephanie Nielson, 27, was married to the man of her dreams, raising four beautiful children in Mesa, Ariz., and putting out a popular blog devoted to her life as a wife, mother, and Mormon. The NieNie Dialogues attracted millions of followers and— with its tasteful craft projects and decorating ideas—the attention of the editors of But all that would come crashing down—literally—on Aug. 16, when the small plane carrying Stephanie, her husband, Christian, and a friend, pilot Doug Kinneard, hurtled to the ground in St. Johns, Ariz., and exploded in a ball of flame. Kinneard died; Christian was burned over 40 percent of his body; and Stephanie, trapped in the backseat, suffered burns over 80 percent of hers. Airlifted to the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix, Stephanie spent 11 weeks in a medically induced coma as doctors worked desperately to keep her alive. Christian recovered nearby; the couple’s children—Nicholas, Oliver, Jane, and Claire, ranging in age from nearly 2 to 6—were cared for by two of Stephanie’s sisters, Courtney and Lucy, in Provo, Utah. That November, Stephanie finally awoke to the voices of her mother and her sister Page. This is her story, in her own words.



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Stephanie and Christian at their Provo, Utah, home with, from left, Nicholas, Oliver, Claire, and Jane.

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her close-knit family, which includes eight siblings. Despite constant, excruciating pain, she started physical therapy, while enduring endless surgeries to help heal her burned skin.

One day in late November, with a nurse at each arm and a physical therapist to hold my clumsy, swollen feet, I finally stood. The nurses helped me rock back and forth on the edge of the bed and eventually got me to my feet, which were wrapped in bandages and so swollen I looked like a clown. My feet seemed like they weren’t even attached to my body, as if a wire had been disconnected and the signal had been lost. I could not get them to obey. But there I was, standing—for the first time in almost four months. The nurses then helped me into a wheelchair to take me on my first trip to the physical therapy room. Every joint screamed. When I complained about the wheelchair, the nurse

gently pointed out that if I learned to walk I wouldn’t have to ride. I nodded and smiled, but seethed inside. Really? I wanted to pull her hair. WHILE STEPHANIE was progressing physically, emotionally she still faced huge hurdles. Her physician made it clear that one condition of her discharge was that she look at herself in a mirror. But she simply couldn’t do it. One late night in December, Christian came into her room with a hand mirror and gently urged her to look.

word settled heavy on my chest. I took another deep breath. Maybe it wasn’t so bad, I thought. I’m overreacting. Determined, I picked up the mirror again. It was bad. My cheeks were covered with bloody scabs. Half of my left ear was burned completely off. My face scared me; it would scare anyone. I could never let my children see this. How could they ever love me? My sisters would have to keep my children forever. I would need to be put away somewhere, away from human contact, for the rest of my life. I knew the world didn’t accept people like me. People were relentlessly critical and rude, or sickeningly condescending. I never wanted to be seen again. Then I tipped the mirror up. My green eyes looked back at me, and hope rippled through my soul. These were the green eyes I had inherited from my father, with golden flecks that Christian loved. I caught my breath. I saw God in my eyes. I saw reassurance. I even saw a glimpse of triumph. I was still me. Those eyes were mine. The life I saw in them came from God, and that gave me hope for the life of my body. STILL, STEPHANIE dreaded letting her children see her. In fact, she so stubbornly refused that one day her husband and sisters simply showed up at the hospital with the kids, insisting that Stephanie let them into her room. Oliver, who was almost 4, went first and seemed unfazed.

I took a deep breath and turned the mirror over. I started at my bandaged chest and worked my way up. My neck looked like the skin on Christian smiled. “You’re doing my arms, scarred and blotchy. I kept great, Steph.” He nodded encourgoing. I looked at my chin, then my agingly, and then went to bring lips. Could those be my lips? They Jane in. She was so excited she let were huge. When I got to my nose, go of his hand and ran into the I cried out and put the room. She took one mirror down. My nose horrified look at me Share your was completely differand then stared at the thoughts about ent, smaller and misfloor. I couldn’t hold Stephanie’s story at shapen. I was unrecogback the tears. “Janie, nizable. Unrecognizable. you’re so grown up! /parademag The weight of that Look how short your



y body was covered in bandages. My fingernails were black. My burned lips were so swollen I could see them in my peripheral vision. I hadn’t seen my husband in almost four months. I had been on the brink of death, flatlining twice in the helicopter on the way to the hospital and a few more times once I’d arrived. I’d been in such critical condition that the doctors performed my first operation in my own bed. Moving me to the OR was too risky. I had been in surgery as often as my body would allow—every few days to harvest and graft new skin. Second- and third-degree burns covered most of my body. The burned skin was dead and would rot or harbor dangerous infection if it, and the damaged tissue underneath, wasn’t completely scraped away. It was a moment’s consolation to learn that the doctors had paused before they took the knife to my face, before they carved away the tissue that had defined my facial features, before they scraped my beauty away. I slept restlessly for the next few days, drifting in and out of consciousness. Each time I woke, silent and immobile, I stared at the ceiling and asked myself: How could this have happened to me? Will I ever move again? What’s going to happen to my family? Scattered images flashed through my mind. A wall of orange flames. The pungent smell of burning skin mixed with jet fuel. People shouting above the dull roar of fire. Dark black smoke, and a leaf above me in the sky.

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My nurse hung up pictures Claire and Jane had drawn. In one, Jane and I were holding hands. In another, Claire and I played in a garden of yellow daisies. I stared at those happy pictures, but they broke my heart. I asked the nurse to take them down. The mother in those pictures didn’t exist anymore.

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hair is! I love it!” Her eyes were glued to the floor. “I’m sorry I’m different, Jane,” I said. “I know I don’t look the same, but I promise I’m still your mom. I’ll get better, I’m going to look better. And I still love you so much. I really miss you.” I stared at the top of her red head and watched the rapid rise and fall of her little chest. She was on the brink of tears, too. “Janie, will you look at Mommy?” Finally she looked up, but at Christian. “Can I go now?” she asked. Christian nodded and hugged her. He turned to me as she walked out of the room. “I love you, Steph,” he whispered. Out in the hall, we overheard Jane say, “Claire, don’t go in there.” I gasped. It was that bad— I had scared my own baby girl.


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Hoppy Easter! The hosts of MSNBC’s BC’s Morning Joe on bountiful egg hunts,, bunny love, and ... Śmigus Dyngus? Joe Scarborough: All of my childhood memories of Easter center on going to church. The Easter Bunny got short shrift compared with Santa. We were taught that from Good Friday to Easter morning was a holy weekend. Mika Brzezinski: I remember the Easter masses more than any other. I loved the message of hope and renewal. It’s my favorite holiday. We always had an Easter egg hunt with real eggs. And one year, the rabbit we kept in our backyard had eight baby bunnies. Joe: We did not have farm animals running around the suburbs of Atlanta. After church, we would go out to eat at a steak house and then spend the rest of the afternoon together. One year we tried to


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I jammed myself into a giant Easter Bunny outfit. It was so hot I almost passed out.” —Joe Scarborough

teach my mother golf, which was a disaster because no one in my family is very good. Mika: My mother made traditional Polish dishes like cabbage, and we’d have a huge ham, a turkey, and often wild game that my brother shot. The table was decorated with my grandmother’s painted eggs, china, and silver from Czechoslovakia. We also celebrated Polish Easter Monday,


called migus Dyngus. Part of the tradition calls for dousing people with water. I was woken by my father dumping a bucket of cold water on me. Then he’d bring the hose into the house and spray everybody. I’ve never seen my parents completely lose it except on Easter Monday. Joe: Now that I have kids of my own, we go heavy on the Easter egg hunts. When we lived in Pensacola, Florida, we would

invite hundreds of kids over, and I’d jam myself into a giant Easter Bunny outfit. It would be 90 degrees and I would sweat buckets. I’d almost pass out by the end. Mika: My girls are teens, so I will be the pathetic yearning mother this year who misses having babies. I will make them do an egg hunt whether they like it or not. I’m going to hold o on to every last bit of them being young. A And I try to instill tthe concept of Lent, gi giving up something d then celebrating it. and It’s a fabulous challenge for children, particularly these days. Whether you celebrate religiously or not, I urge everyone to try giving up something for Lent. Joe: I don’t give up anything for Lent. I’m Baptist—we just keep sinning and ask for forgiveness. Tune in to Morning Joe on MSNBC, weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m.

Ideally, we’d get all of the vitamins we need from the foods we eat, but few of us actually do. That’s where multivitamins come in. Choose one that supplies 100 percent of your daily allowance, and avoid megadosing. If you’re postmenopausal or a man, you can skip the iron. You may also want to take 600 milligrams of calcium (for strong bones), 400 milligrams of magnesium, and 1,000 IU of vitamin D3. For video health tips from Dr. Oz, go to



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Blessings | from page 9 health improved, she found the courage to return to her blog and was buoyed by how much support she found there. She was determined to rebuild her relationship with her children. One day, when they’d all been home for a week, she decided to read to them.

“Claire, let ’s read Stuart Little,” I suggested. Claire ran to her backpack and pulled out the book. “You’re going to read, Mom?” Ollie asked as he climbed onto the couch next to me. Jane wandered in, too. “What are you reading?” she asked Claire. “Stuart Little,” I answered. “It’s about a cute little mouse, Jane. I think you’d like it.” She shrugged and sat down on the floor by Nicholas. “Nicholas, you want to read with us?” Nicholas shook his head and looked back at his toys. “ ‘When Mrs. Frederick C. Little’s second son arrived, everyone noticed he was not much bigger than a mouse,’ ” I began, and Jane looked up. “ ‘The truth of the matter was, the baby looked very much like a mouse in every way.’ ” Claire giggled. “Look how cute he is with a little hat and shoes.” It was more than Jane could resist. She climbed up on the couch next to Claire. When Jane said something about the doctor examining Stuart Little, even Nicholas climbed on the couch, next to Oliver, so he could see the illustrations, too. I was sharing the couch with all four of my children. I wanted this moment to last forever. Hoping nothing would break the spell, I read one chapter after another. When we finished

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chapter four and Jane said, “Oh, Mom, one more chapter. Pleeeeease,” I was thrilled. “Another chapter? I’d like nothing better.”


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new turn was like greeting an old friend. Every rock and scrub oak seemed familiar and welcoming, as though they were as glad to have me back as I was to be there. The mountain curves outward just before the trail opens up at the base of the giant cement Y. When I rounded that ďŹ nal curve, family, friends, and strangers cheered. I held my arms out wide. “Thank you!â€? I shouted. “I made it!â€? Everyone released balloons into the sky. I hugged Christian and my mom and dad and Claire and Jane and anyone who was near enough to be hugged. I made it! STEPHANIE CONTINUED to undergo surgeries to stretch her skin, and in the fall of 2011 she had more joyous news to report: She was pregnant.

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