Author Archives: Sarah Cordonier

About Sarah Cordonier

I am a junior Television Journalism and International Studies Major at West Virginia University. I am currently taking Beginning Television Reporting and I plan on taking Advanced Television Reporting in the Spring, as a member of WVU News. Someday I would like to work abroad, as an overseas reporter.

You know you’re a large family when…

At least two loads of laundry have to be done every day and the pile never disappears. Cooking anything in a single batch is a huge waste of time. You’re used to having at least four other people in the … Continue reading

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A Father of 600 Children?

Most of the issues I’ve discussed have concerned families of four to twenty children. But David Gollancz has a new concern of his own: That he may have as many as 599 siblings. Gollancz is one of many children born mostly … Continue reading

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John Brown: Abolitionist, Father

I’ve discussed some modern large families, but John Brown is one a historical figure who also liked to procreate. Between two wives, the abolitionist and leader of the failed attempt to raid Harpers Ferry, Virginia (at the time; Harpers Ferry … Continue reading

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“There is no delight in owning anything unshared.”

–Seneca   Growing up with multiple siblings instills many virtues in a child. One of the most important of these is the ability to share. Not that I think only children are incapable of sharing, but I feel as if … Continue reading

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Obama Adviser Argued: Kids from Big Families Have Lower IQs

 “Wtf?!” was my first reaction upon reading Terence P.Jeffrey’s headline on cnsnews.com. It’s about how Obama’s top science advisor, John P. Holdren, believes that children from larger families have lower IQs. Now, my siblings and I have never had our IQs tested, so … Continue reading

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Siblings Raising Siblings

This is a strange concept to me because my siblings and I are all within about two years of each other, so we very much grew up together. But as I’ve been keeping up with some of these other large … Continue reading

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The Odds of Being Twins

With many large familes, you’re almost guarunteed to have at least one set of multiples. In my family’s case, we have a set of twin boys: Jake and John. Now age 19, no doctor or OBGYN was able to tell my … Continue reading

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