But the Texan blogger at My View From the Center supports the parents' decision. "She will be cared for, loved and nurtured by two parents who have her best interests in mind. To my mind that is as happy an ending as is possible under the circumstances."
Ashley's parents (who remain anonymous) keep a blog as well, The Ashley Treatment, where they explain their choices: "A fundamental and universal misconception about the treatment is that it is intended to convenience the caregiver; rather, the central purpose is to improve Ashley's quality of life. Ashley's biggest challenges are discomfort and boredom; all other considerations in this discussion take a back seat to these central challenges."
Read more about the "pillow angel."
Instant noodles, lasting legacy: Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant noodles, died in Japan over the weekend at age 96. His history of noodle production began in 1958, when he invented Chicken Ramen noodles. One Japanese businessman dubbed his instant noodle product "epoch-making." Surely bachelors and college students will agree.
At Zooomr Blog, Kristopher Tate fondly remembers his time eating Ando's fare. "[P]lease understand that you helped me (and many other young minds) through a difficult time in life where many things are uncertain outside of 'What am I going to eat tonight?'"
Writer Todd Lappinat Telstar Logistics critically evaluates Ando's legacy: "With all due respect, it's tragic that many non-Japanese know of ramen only as a salty freeze-dried noodle thing that is typically served in a styrofoam cup. A bowl of real ramen, however, is a delicious and subtle work of art which bears little resemblance to its instant counterpart."
Read more about Mr. Ando and instant noodles.