Chicago Torture: Special Needs Parents’ Nightmare

Chicago Torture: Special Needs Parents’ Nightmare

I was deeply emotionally and physically saddened this week by the news of the 18-year-old Chicago male with disAbilities who was kidnapped by four youth, two or more who were allegedly classmates, one even considered a friend. The youth took him from a McDonalds, where he was to meet his “friend,” and then led him… Continue Reading

Life Lessons from Winter

Life Lessons from Winter

The park’s dull, gray, curving paths glistened a deep black, speckled with flecks of silver and blue—liquid mirrors of daylight and winter sky. A manmade canvas doused with a New Year’s first rain. A 30-minute walk in balmy air. A renewed love affair. One I have each year with winter. The only season that consistently… Continue Reading

Nature’s Gift of the Present

Nature’s Gift of the Present

As our meeting ended, he, a man with whom I have done business with for many years, rose from my kitchen table and gave me a lasting gift. We had discussed  financial futures, the stock market, the economy, the recent election. Not only was what he shared a gift to me, it was the way he… Continue Reading

Intellectual DisAbility: No Joking Matter

Intellectual DisAbility: No Joking Matter

I can count on more than one hand how many times in the last couple of the years I have been enjoying reading a novel, a memoir, a blog post, or, tonight, a Facebook post. And then, suddenly, I am jolted. My eyes screech to a dead halt. I stare and gape at the page… Continue Reading

Farewell Ode to November

Farewell Ode to November

It has arrived. The dark of this Wednesday, the last of November. Most of the previous 29 days masqueraded as Indian summer;  the chorus of fall rising in a parched crescendo at month’s end. Monday morning’s buffet brunch of chill, hue, and aroma roused my senses from their dull preoccupation. It is November. My sudden… Continue Reading