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

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

My Tipper Gore Moment

My Tipper Gore Moment

This may seem a prudish post. This is. My Tipper Gore moment…. The bass beats of the rap music cranking during our morning dance blast class at the Y sent me back to the 80s of my 20something years. As I attempted, but failed, to keep in step, I mentally wove and bobbed through moments… Continue Reading