Category Archives: Midlife and Beyond

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

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

The Trump Challenge: Continue Walking in Love

The Trump Challenge: Continue Walking in Love

Half of us are hurting and half of us are celebrating. While the red-hat party is going on next door, let’s gather our tribe over here. Here’s the message, Loves. Keep on keeping on. Keep on loving. Keep on holding open doors (literal and metaphorical). And when the doors remain closed, keep on pounding those… Continue Reading

Compassion Learned: Self- and Others

So this is how it happens. Now I know. Several times a year, a story will rack up tens of thousands of social media shares amongst special needs families and our greater community. Some child or young adult will have been asked to leave an establishment because someone deems them scary, or dangerous, or whatever.… Continue Reading