Posted in November 2015

An open letter to Lily Eskelsen Garcia

An open letter to Lily Eskelsen Garcia

The following is an open letter to Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of the National Education Association. Dear Ms. Eskelsen Garcia, At a rally in South Carolina last Tuesday night, Donald Trump did a ghastly impression of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski. As I’m sure you’ve read by now, Mr. Kovaleski had dared to contradict … Continue reading

one more layer 

It was probably two years ago now, maybe three. We were out to dinner with friends and they’d mentioned that their son, a couple of years older than Katie, had told them that there was alcohol at a party he’d recently attended. He was in high school, which I remember at the time felt like a … Continue reading

healing

healing

{Image is a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King being arrested after a peaceful protest in Birmingham in 1963} Our white brothers must be made to understand that nonviolence is a weapon fabricated of love. It is a sword that heals. Our nonviolent direct-action program has as its objective not the creation of tensions, but the … Continue reading

on function

Earlier this week, I posted the following on Facebook. I talk a lot here about why assigning functioning labels to human beings is pretty much crap. I talk about the fact that labeling a human ‘high functioning’ dismisses their very real challenges while calling another ‘low functioning’ dismisses their very real abilities – often along … Continue reading

mother of exiles

mother of exiles

“Of course we want to keep terrorists out of our country, but let’s not punish the victims of ISIS for the sins of ISIS.” Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to … Continue reading

a complex system

a complex system

{image is a screenshot of Joy from Inside Out watching Riley’s daily inventory of memories slide down the chute} Brooke and I settled in to watch Inside Out the other night. Though that may seem like a simple sentence, for my girl, watching a movie is not a simple thing. For various reasons, movies just … Continue reading

grief

grief

Image is one of my favorite photos of Noelle Grief is such an awful thing—it comes unexpectedly and sometimes punches you so hard that if you’re driving a car, you have to actually pull the seat belt away from your body to allow for the space it takes up inside of you. – Mary T … Continue reading

bringing my girl

bringing my girl

Luau had planned to come with me to the Authors’ Tea at which I was reading on Sunday. It would have been a rare treat to have had him there given that by necessity I pretty much always end up doing this kind of stuff solo. A half an hour before the event, the Universe laughed … Continue reading

untitled

Saturday  … We’re in my convertible on our way home from Brooke’s adaptive dance class. The top is down as we soak in every drop of yet another in a glorious series of unseasonably warm mornings. Despite the fact that she had a great time in class, she seems out of sorts. I reach over … Continue reading

#unspokendoc

#unspokendoc

{image is a gorgeous photo of Emma Zurcher-Long, a beautiful 13 year-old girl, gleefully running through Central Park. The text reads, “Autism was not something parents wanted to hear. But I hope that will change when more people get to know someone like me.” Click on the photo to learn more about Emma’s project of … Continue reading