the message it sends – the reprise 

the message it sends – the reprise 

Two years ago … {image is a screenshot from Facebook reading, I know with every fiber of my maternal being that going to the ends of the earth every single time that Brooke asks for something (or, say, driving 50 minutes each way right now to take her to the store that has the goldfish … Continue reading

taking the stage

taking the stage

I know you’re probably really over this. And I apologize. Well, sort of. Truthfully, I could keep at this for a while. I’m just so proud of my girl and so deeply grateful for this place and the people who bring it to life with their love of dance and respect for humanity and their … Continue reading

a place to dance

a place to dance

    Tomorrow there will be words. Today there are pictures. Today, my girl is saying everything that needs to be said.    {images are photos of Brooke hanging out in her usual studio before heading up to the big one for the show} {image is a photo of Brooke leaning against the barre watching … Continue reading

i wonder what her name is

{image is a screenshot of HuffPost’s Good News header} I saw a story on HuffPost yesterday. One of those feel good pieces in the Good News section. Yeah, that’s a thing. Cause let’s be honest, there isn’t much good news in “the news.” So I get it, and I appreciate the concept. The story was … Continue reading

me too

me too

“Mama,” Katie says, her eyes telegraphing concern, “are you okay?” “I’m fine,” I say, as much to convince myself as to end this line of questioning. Fine. I’m fine. I hear the edge in my voice and try again. “I’m fine, honey. Really. Thank you for asking.” “Mama,” she says, “no offense, but you don’t seem … Continue reading

the foundation

the foundation

We met as a team back in February. Brooke, of course, joined us, far more interested in her bagel than in the proceedings, or so it seemed. She did her best to answer the couple of questions we asked – Whats’ your favorite part of the day? What is hardest? What makes it easier? Neither … Continue reading

the school to prison express

the school to prison express

{Image is a photo of  young child in handcuffs. Read the story it came from here.} The headline of the article read, “Judge Finds Lynchburg Middle Schooler with Autism Guilty on Criminal Charges.” In the body of the article was the following .. Doss told PRI that Kayleb was instructed that day to wait – while … Continue reading

godspell, again, still,  more – part four

godspell, again, still, more – part four

When your trust is all but shattered When your faith is all but killed You can give up, bitter and battered Or you can slowly start to build Lyrics, Beautiful City, Godspell I couldn’t get Noe out of my head. Suddenly the night had an entirely different meaning. As the actors took their places on stage, … Continue reading

godspell, again, still, more – part two

godspell, again, still, more – part two

Learnin’ every line and every last commandment May not help you but it couldn’t hurt First ya gotta read ’em then ya gotta heed ’em Ya never know when you’re gonna need ’em Just as old Elijah said to Jezebel You better start to learn your lessons well Lyrics, Learn Your Lessons Well, Godspell As … Continue reading