Cultural Activity

Adapted Communication

I think it’s only fitting that I start a post about communicating effectively with your children by discussing the merits of ignoring them.  I think that sometimes being a good parent means that you have to do just that. I don’t mean put them out of your mind or not...

How I Lost My Job

“Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves.” – Emily Brontë, 19th  ― century English novelist & poet best known for Wuthering Heights. I learned this the hard way. My pride cost me dearly, financially, emotionally and mentally. I lost my job and plunged into a deep depression all while trying...

Advocacy Without Anger

Some days I’m sick and tired of having to be a demanding parent. Just for once I want to get what we need without having to ask or argue. The nature of special needs means that accommodations for our kids are never provided automatically. They have to be specifically requested,...

Back to School Drive

  Help the kids at Glade Run get ready for school by providing any of the following items: Folders (no metal clips) Card Stock (all colors) Color Pencils Highlighters Washable Markers Pencil Boxes Large Key Calculators Pencil-top Erasers Paints (finger, tempera & poster) Paint Brushes   Personal Supplies Needed: Socks...

To Live with Fear

I had a wonderful day yesterday with my youngest son, Carter. We’re preparing to begin a massive home renovation next week; we spent the day together, packing things, filling our van at home, and emptying it at the storage unit down the street, over and over again. At almost 12,...

Secrets Even Friends Don’t Tell

I’ve known Donna ever since our boys were in pre-school some 13 years ago. Joey and Michael were best friends through mid-elementary school. Eventually, they went their own ways going to different schools and so did Donna and I. But, we live in the same community and have run across...

What Really Happens When You Use the R-Word

Actor John C. McGinley discusses why we should stop using the “R” word and how important our use of language is in everyday life. Read the full article, featured in Huffington Post, below: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-c-mcginley/what-really-happens-when-you-use-the-r-word_b_4896444.html