Posted in May 2012

we’ve got you

* We walk into the restaurant and take a seat. It’s just the three of us – me, Katie and Brooke. Luau is out on a 20 mile run. Brooke hates eating breakfast out, but after the smoke alarm incident on Saturday morning, the thought of a restaurant is apparently less terrifying than Mama going … Continue reading


Dear Mrs. R-B., I understand willful ignorance. It’s a powerful thing – especially when it comes to our children. Heck, I spent a year denying that my baby girl had autism. So I get it. I really do. But one day, something snaps. It has to. When you live with someone, love someone, PARENT someone, … Continue reading

you’re invited

The birthday party invitation sits on the kitchen counter. You are invited! Come to my house for Fun and Games! I don’t take the invitation for granted. In and of itself, it stands as a triumph of sorts. I remember when the invitations didn’t come. Ever. But so too, it taunts me. Fun and Games! … Continue reading

the glory theirs the duty ours

– Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours. ~Wallace Bruce – My friends, If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ve heard me talk (ad nauseam you might say) about the absolutely egregious lack of care for our nation’s military children with autism. You’ve also undoubtedly heard … Continue reading

memorial day weekend to-do list

– The following is based on a post originally published in 2010 … Graves at Arlington National Cemetery * To-Do List for Memorial Day Weekend Take white pants out of storage – Hooray! Wash towels and bathing suits – sort through to see what still fits the kids Trim the hedges by the fence Move … Continue reading

The Controversion of Aidan B

* My cousin, Sue shared the following with me last week. As soon as I read it, I knew I needed to share it with you. On its surface, it’s laugh out loud funny. Just below the surface, it’s an achingly familiar story about a child desperately seeking connection and a mom trying hard to … Continue reading

the community support page

– Diary’s COMMUNITY SUPPORT PAGE is up and running, my friends. Please click –> HERE  <– to see what it’s all about. – The difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a twist of the wrist.  ~Laurence Leamer, King of the Night

one voice

– And I want to tell you how incredibly proud I am of my dear friend Rachel, who kicked some congressional ass yesterday. Who told her story, her family’s story, and in so doing brought a briefing room first to tears and then to their feet. I want to tell you that Rachel is incredibly special … Continue reading

in summary

– Oh my God. I just lost this morning’s post, my friends. All of it. Poof. Gone. Into the ether. Yes, I know. Save as you go. Thank you, that’s helpful. I didn’t. I was too busy writing it to save it. My bad. I’ve tried everything to retrieve it, but it has fully and … Continue reading

chimney access?

— Did I mention that I’m going back to DC tomorrow for another meeting at the White House? This time we’re meeting with Mrs Obama and Dr Biden’s Joining Forces for a conversation about autism and the military. So grateful to the First and Second Ladies for creating this wonderful organization to support our military … Continue reading