Posted in October 2008


Wishing you and yours a happy and safe Halloween.     “If you ever see a monster, a monster, a monster If you ever see a monster, well here’s what you do Make this face and that face and this face and that face If you ever see a monster, well here’s what you do … Continue reading

Filling the tool box

  “We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.” ~ Marshall McLuhan I often talk about how we strive to give Brooke the tools that she needs to mitigate some of her challenges. You might recall the story about our first interaction with her preschool team. At that meeting I told them that I … Continue reading

spell check this, buddy

    I think it’s about time that my computer got on board with the lingo of my life. How many times do I have to write IEP and deny said computer’s attempts to automatically spell check it before he gets it? I MEAN what I type, Mr. Computer. Yeah, my computer is male. No, I’m not going to … Continue reading


  Warning, dear reader. If you’re the type who comes here for a daily dose of optimism, feel free to skip this post entirely. No, seriously, just move right along and we’ll pretend you were never here. Please, you won’t hurt my feelings; I promise. I won’t hold a grudge. Nothing to see here but a … Continue reading

those poor artists

A friend wrote to me yesterday to ask my advice. She recently made the decision to disclose her son’s disability to his sister and she was looking for any helpful hints I might have from my own experience. I don’t think my advice was quite what she expected. Just over a year and what feels like a lifetime … Continue reading


  Since the walk was on Sunday, and all of our attention (and Mama’s emotional energy) would likely be focused on all things Brooke, I made a point of sneaking out for an hour on Saturday with Katie. I desperately wanted some Mama and Katie time, and it was important to me to show her that … Continue reading

eye of the tiger

“You may be right. I may be crazy.” ~ Billy Joel    I can’t say no to Judith. Trust me, if you knew her, you wouldn’t be able to say no either. There’s still time for you. Save yourself. Me? I’m cooked. It happened before I could stop it. Tell me I’m insane. Actually, don’t bother. I’ve got it … Continue reading

step by step

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~John Muir I underestimated the cold as we headed to the Autism Speaks Walk on Sunday. It wasn’t breezy or chilly. There wasn’t a nip in the air. it wasn’t one of … Continue reading

pulling the wagon

Bach gave us God’s Word. Mozart gave us God’s laughter. Beethoven gave us God’s fire. God gave us music that we might pray without words.  ~ author unknown Last year, I was walking down the hall of Brooke’s integrated preschool after a team meeting. I was hurrying off to work when I nearly bumped into … Continue reading