Category Archives: Midlife and Beyond

Two Years Ago “On This Day”

What a stark reminder: how far we have come in developmental disAbility services in our state. The pictured letter popped up in my “On this Day” Facebook feed this morning. It was two years ago that the state informed me that when I was 80, I’d get adult services for my daughter. Flash forward to… Continue Reading

One Year Ago “On This Day”

One Year Ago “On This Day”

“On this Day,” Facebook’s offering of what individual users posted two, three-plus years ago on a given day, sometimes surfaces things I’d rather forget. Today’s reminder felt good, however. A reminder of how far we have come and all the battles we won the last 12 months. This particular battle kicked off a series of… Continue Reading

#ArtistsVoicesRising & the Manna of Poetry

#ArtistsVoicesRising & the Manna of Poetry

Beauty is a true human need. In his seminal work, psychologist Marshall Rosenberg‘s Nonviolent Communication, aka Compassionate Communication, identifies beauty as a true human need. In these confusing times of enormous national and global changes, I find that need more keen than ever. War, unrest, poverty, hate are ugly. The eye, soul, spirit, heart, need… Continue Reading

Momma Bear Turns 20+

Momma Bear Turns 20+

   If you heard an angry roar today, it was a momma bear on the west side of town.   There’s much of this journey into disAbility adulthood that reminds me of the shell-shocked uncertain steps we gingerly made at the beginning of this journey 20 years ago.   I’ve been reminded of the rude… Continue Reading

Mindfulness: Joy Infusion 101

Mindfulness: Joy Infusion 101

Mindful practices teach us to “watch our thoughts.” I’ve been watching. And lately, I’ve decided to wave a big ol’ yeller flag of caution. As I’ve navigated, with a nonexisting road map,  the post-22 landscape of disAbilities—that barren terrain after school ends forever—I developed a two-word mantra for my life the last nine months: JOY… Continue Reading