Last night I made 22 lists on color coded index cards of all the things I wanted to do on this three day weekend. Yes, a three day weekend, at home, by myself, with just the Fanny (our Springer Spaniel) two guinea pigs, one cockatiel and a turtle. Then I fell asleep and didn’t wake up until 10:00. […]

Ageing. Some things we are prepared for. The wrinkles we secretly hope lend distinction to our tired eyes and document the laughter at the edges of our mouth. The skin that sags a little now when we finally lose the weight we’ve always meant to lose, now when we have more patience and resolve but our […]

Stanley was an unlikely war hero. He died quietly in his late 60’s in his favorite armchair in his parent’s living room. There was no one there to notice as he hemorrhaged from a treatable kidney condition. His housemate was away and he didn’t know how or didn’t have the strength to call for help. […]

Some of you know that I am also a poet. Often my two worlds intersect. More often, they collide. I worry sometimes that mothering is too limiting a topic for poetry, that it narrows my reach, marks me in some way inferior or as the dread, “woman writer.”  But over and over again I hear […]

I find myself preparing a presentation on Reactive Attachment Disorder for a very special audience, members of my church who hope to make a difference for people living with disabilities. We will be meeting to talk about inclusion and accessibility and I will be sharing some of my experience helping my daughter and family build […]

As a Special Education Parent Consultant and Advocate, one of the services I am able to provide my clients is a trauma sensitive classroom evaluation. I recently observed a classroom and made several recommendations to address the sensory needs of a client’s son. I had gone expressly to evaluate the environment and teaching styles used through a trauma […]

In preparing to meet with others to form a new committee to address the needs of inclusion and accessibility at my church, I found myself asking “What can you know at the beginning, to prepare for the future?” I’ve been in at the start of so many good ideas and so many short lived projects. […]

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