Cultural Activity

2015 Autism Awareness Night

Join us for an evening of presentations, resources, light refreshments and networking. Free and open to the public.   Interesting Ways for Everyone to Learn About Autism The media is full of information about autism that can educate our relatives, our neighbors and ourselves about autism without reading lengthy text...

The Taste of Success

  I heard grunting from the kitchen and knew what it meant. My son Alex was trying hard to make his own breakfast but was locked in a battle with his arch nemesis, the butter knife. To him, spreading jam on his toast is just another in a...

What’s the Motto with You?

I’m not sure where I saw it, I think it was Facebook.  They wanted to know what your “parenting motto” was.  I immediately started thinking of anything amusing, and I envisioned putting it on a coat of arms or banner, like “Semper Fi”, “Don’t Tread on Me”, or “Winter is...

Unhinged

During each of my three pregnancies, I was aware (as virtually all expectant parents are) that there was a possibility my baby could be born with an illness or disability. That’s not to say I was prepared to have a sick child (who could possibly be?), but that I was...

One Christmas at the Orphans’ Home

The following story was recently discovered in the December, 1922 edition of Lutheran Woman’s Work.  Its author, Ms. Virginia Margret Boyer, was admitted here as an orphan in November of 1898 and later came back to serve as a teacher in 1914; she would also complete a missionary trip to India. Ms. Boyer would ultimately perish...

Things I’m Thankful For

This holiday season, I have a lot to be thankful for.  My son, Joe, is doing well.  He’s learned to manage his depression and the child I once thought would never make it out of the 9th grade is now looking at careers and colleges.  I pinch myself every day...

I’m The Mom

When I was in sixth grade and having serious trouble with bullies at school, my mom said she was going over to my school to talk to the principal, the school counselor, and my teachers. I was mortified. She was going to talk to the adults at my school? And...