Posted in December 2009

newlestters revisited

** When I ranted – er -posted recently about a particular brand of holiday newsletter, it seems I struck a nerve. Apparently I’m not the only one out there who grits my teeth as I slog through letters about scrubbed and starched seven year-olds that read like early admission applications to Harvard. Well, my brilliant cyber-friend, Russ came … Continue reading


Sometimes, it’s just hard. When I can’t fix it. When my baby hurts. When the world is too bright, too loud, too big, too scary – just too MUCH. I sit on the floor outside the theater holding my crying girl. I swear I’d done everything I could think of to prepare. But neither the … Continue reading

choosing to believe

Faith consists of believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. ~ Voltaire I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to visit him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. ~ Shirley Temple Black Daddy Claus ** Once in a while, I believe … Continue reading

christmas magic

* It was a day of magic. A day filled with love. And music ~ It was a Sesame Street kind of day ~ With new friends (Oscar, Telly Monster, Prairie Dawn and Rosita) joining the old ~ For lots of love … … and hugs! (Look carefully – They’re all hugging) ~ It was … Continue reading

the newsletter

Tis that time of year again. The time when our mailboxes are filled with wishes of joy and happiness for the holiday season. The time when we kvell over photos of smiling children – some who we see no more than once a year on shiny photo paper. Some whose progress we document every December … Continue reading

moments of grace

* I was honored to be asked to contribute to an ongoing series on parenting for the Seattle Special Needs Examiner. The series is described as a discussion about parental coping strategies, but I took the liberty of tweaking the concept just a little. I opted to reframe it and write instead about where I … Continue reading


* I’m over at Hopeful Parents today, writing about this beautiful little soul. Stop by, won’t you??

we’re missing one

. Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body. ~ Elizabeth Stone Luau was away this past weekend – at a fraternity brother’s bachelor party in Miami. Join me in a collective sigh, won’t you? Miami. Love you, hon. … Continue reading

the end of the beginning

. . There’s a land that I see where the children are free And I say it ain’t far to this land from where we are ~ Free To Be You And Me Ooh, Mama! This song is perfect for Inclusion Week! ~ Katie Inclusive Schools Week is over. I can stop moving at hyper-speed … Continue reading