Posted in January 2015

judge rotenberg center

In this Aug. 13, 2014, photo, a female student wearing a shocking device on her leg, lines up with classmates after lunch at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Source – What you are about to read and watch and hear will be extremely difficult to process. It’s horrifying. I’m … Continue reading

snowmaggedon 2015 – a fuhluckload of snow

snowmaggedon 2015 – a fuhluckload of snow

Ed note: The following contains sarcasm. A lot of it. {image is the front page of CNN on Monday night, which looked exactly like the front page of every news source in the country. The top headline reads, “Historic storm set to slam Northeast; airlines cancel flights} By Monday night, it was clear we wouldn’t … Continue reading

new york part seven – memories

new york part seven – memories

Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future. Mattie Stepanek, American poet 1990 – 2004 – The back story: Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Part Five Part Six With just a … Continue reading

in this together

We will return to New York tomorrow, I promise. In the meantime, the following was my response to a comment on yesterday’s post. I’m reprinting it here because I think it’s important. I’ve edited it slightly to make it a bit more readable than the original, which I had typed on my phone. {image is a … Continue reading

unbroken

unbroken

{image is a photo of two beautiful wild horses. Source.} Please take a moment to read (not skim, but actually read) the following two definitions before continuing. bro·ken/ˈbrōkən/ adjective 1. having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order. 2. (of a person) having given up all hope; despairing. … Continue reading

their big brother, my friend

their big brother, my friend

{image is a photo of Conner flanked by Katie and Brooke at Disney World last year. He is, of course, wearing his Mickey ears.} This morning, I woke up to find the following note in my inbox. I read it, then read it again. With tears threatening to fly free, I wrote back and asked … Continue reading

new york part five: paradise is a library

new york part five: paradise is a library

“…bookstores, libraries… they’re the closest thing I have to a church.” Jim C Hines The back story: Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four When we finally got back to the hotel, it was close to midnight. The place was hoppin. Apparently, we’d landed in ‘the place to be,” on a Saturday night in … Continue reading

new york, part three, anything but miserable

new york, part three, anything but miserable

The back story: Part One Part Two Walking out of the theater, neither Katie nor I could stop smiling. The air was cold, the city aglow in that magical twilight that comes with a midwinter’s dusk, and endless possibility. {image is a photo of a car that was parked across the street from the theater. … Continue reading