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Mike Patrick JrMike Patrick Jr is the author of Pediascribe: A Collection of Thoughts From an American Pediatrician, a weekly column dealing with child-health, parenting, and family issues. You can check it out at

In addition to being a board-certified pediatrician, Mike is a self-proclaimed Disney fanatic. Members of the DIS community since 2000, he and his wife (ohioMickey and ohiominnie) buy into Walt Disney's dream of creating a place where parents and grandparents can have fun alongside their children and grandchildren.

Unfortunately for the family savings, they have also bought into DVC a few times. They visit Walt Disney World often and have sailed on the Magic and Wonder a time or two (or 3 or 4 or more). They watch the Disney Channel, listen to Radio Disney, and play online games at Disney's Blast. They read Disney Editions, attend Disney movies, play Disney versions of popular board games, and are on an unending quest to collect every Disney cast-lanyard pin ever created. It's okay to smile and shake your head. We know you know the type.

Mike's Disney sense does have one thing going for it: Combined with his knowledge of kids and family and his experience with freelance writing, it makes him uniquely qualified to pen this first DIS-original weekly column, Mouse Matters.

You can expect a new Mouse Matters each Wednesday. In addition to the print version, be sure to tune-in to our original podcast, the DIS--unplugged, for the occasional Mouse Matters segment.

As an opinion column, Mouse Matters expects to hear from those who agree and disagree with our position. Feel free to drop us a line and tell us what you think. You can reach us by emailing [email protected]

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