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Our “Big Chill” Reunion

Our “Big Chill” Reunion

A lot has happened in 30 years. Promotions, relocations; babies conceived and babies adopted. Two of the babies born with special needs. There’s been divorces, second marriages and second divorces. The babies grew up. Some flew the nest, a couple still remain. WE also grew older, and I’d I like to think a little wiser. I’d… Continue Reading

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

#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

Creatures of Summer

Creatures of Summer

This weekend early summer crawled, slithered, darted, flew, droned, chirped, and bit. Nature was everywhere inside and outside my condo. Parades of black ants feasted on kitchen delights that evaded my eyesight. The only bug I just despise—besides maybe roaches—was spotted worming its weird, feathery, hairy, multi-legged self up my great room wall. Without guilt, I ended… 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