Matches for: “sibling week” …

spotlight on siblings week continued ..

* Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister? ~ Alice Walker ** With open arms, she asks the question. Hey, Brooke, want a hug? * * She doesn’t move toward her little sister, as her Mama would. Instead, she waits. Calm. Pick and arm, she says. Open. Whichever one … Continue reading

innocence lost – the siblings

* Katie and Brooke ~ Photo by Kathleen Connerton * Their innocence lost, they had to be braver and more generous than children should have to be. ~ Eustacia Cutler, speaking of her other children – Temple’s siblings. My heart is breaking. It’s too much tonight. These kids – these amazing little people – carry the … Continue reading

for noelle

for noelle

For Noelle Dec 25, 1958 – June 5, 2015 56 years were not nearly enough Good evening and welcome. To those of you whom I have not yet met, I am Michael’s daughter, Jess, or, as both he and Noelle have always called me, Jessie. Although I am not in the least surprised to see … 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

goodwill

goodwill

  Over the weekend, I received an invitation from a Midwestern arm of Goodwill Industries to speak at their annual dinner. While I was honored by the invitation, I was unable to accept it. Given the nature of the reasons that I had to decline, I felt compelled to share my response here. – I am … Continue reading

what i want to tell her

    Image is a photo of Brooke, me and Katie on the beach in S’conset, 2008. They are 5 and 7. So it turns out that the post that I set out to write this morning is far too big to wrangle into the 45 minutes I’d allotted to write it. I tried hard … Continue reading

untitled

{image is a graphic that I made last winter. It reads: If you really want to be an advocate, start by listening to the people you claim to be advocating for.} – Yesterday, as a follow-up to a post from the day before, I transcribed an old blog post here called Sitting Out. That post … Continue reading

an open door

{image is a photo of Brooke at age seven, watching a dress rehearsal of Godspell at a local community theater – with her Jesus doll.}  Last night, an autistic friend reached out to me, frustrated by yet another APRIL! AUTISM! AWARENESS! attempt gone, for her, terribly, terribly wrong. As I read her words, the pain … Continue reading

value

value

– A couple of weeks ago, Luau sent me a link to something that he said I needed to see. “Wait though,” he said, “until you’ve got the stomach for it.” Knowing that I would probably never really have the stomach for it, I dove right in. This is what he had me watch. Wage … Continue reading