Posted in January 2009

moving forward

    I’ve mentioned my dear friend, Drama Mama a number of times here. She writes a wonderful blog that she calls Like a Shark. Though I may well be off base, I’ve always assumed that the rationale behind her title was that as mothers, particularly the kind of mothers that she and I are, we have no … Continue reading


  romance a candle lit dinner a sunset walk on a windswept beach a rose on a pillow  breakfast in bed   romance sweet, whispered words  a slow dance cheek to cheek to a favorite song   romance a moonlight serenade a drawn bath chilled champagne before a a roaring fire    (OR)   romance … Continue reading

not completely honest

  Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain ~ The Wizard of Oz   I was hanging clothes in Katie’s closet last night as she crawled into bed. She sat watching me, wide-eyed, drinking me in as she always does. With a deep breath she said, “Mama, I feel like you’re not always … Continue reading

secret handshake

When Brooke was in preschool, we were desperate to learn and adapt the techniques that her ABA team was using to help foster social interaction. They had welcomed us in to observe them in action, but we knew that our physical presence in the room would have a disastrous effect. Our BCBA generously offered to record sessions periodically and to give … Continue reading


  It is Inauguration Day. The dawn of a new era. I had a wonderful little piece of America the Beautiful that I had planned to share on this historic and incredibly poignant day. I’m sorry to let you down, but I’ve decided to abandon my original plan in order to share a story with you. … Continue reading

bowling for dollars

photo by John Robison   On Monday night, my dear friend Megan and I attended the Flutie Bowl, a fundraiser  in Boston for the Flutie Foundation. The event appeared to be a huge success, attended by folks from all walks of life, including a good number of New England Patriots. Long before I had any personal association with autism, I … Continue reading

a village of her own

  It seems to be the season of the birthday party in our world. I am amazed at the sheer volume of invitations that seem to arrive daily for my daughters.  Each party has a life of its own, and comes with its own set of challenges. This coming weekend, Katie will attend her very first slumber … Continue reading

my stylist

  I took Katie shopping with me last weekend. I had a gift certificate to Bloomingdale’s that was burning a hole in my pocket, so we went trolling for post-Christmas bargains. She was getting bored. Gee, I can’t imagine why. What could be more exciting for a seven year old than looking through endless racks of … Continue reading

crisis of faith

“Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.” ~ Kahlil Gibran “You see, Mama, when you look at a rock you have to BELIEVE that it has all that beautiful stuff inside. You can’t see it, but you just KNOW that it’s there. Just like you know that God is there, INSIDE.” ~ Katie, age 6 I … Continue reading

dear doctor

  Those who have knowledge don’t predict. Those who predict don’t have knowledge. ~ Lao Tzu Dear Doctor, Hi there. Remember me? Two and a half years ago, you sat down with a terrified young family and answered a question that you had no right to answer. You told a reeling couple that their newly … Continue reading