Category Archives: Motherhood

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

Autism Awareness Month, Year 2-0

Autism Awareness Month, Year 2-0

Dominating our 20th annual Autism Awareness Month are issues of finding transportation to work; wages management;* that yet, unfinished art website, and my own next career move. Grace was diagnosed with autism in 1997—so, two decades with this known “disorder” are in the books. Promoting awareness long ago became less of a focus and more… Continue Reading

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

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