Monthly Archives: March 2011

Beautiful Friend

Yesterday I received a package of photos of my friend Clarissa, who died of cancer in November. The box sat there all day. I was not going to open it with kids clamoring all over it/me. After I put them … Continue reading

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Let it be known…

I had the first comment over at Confessions of a Pioneer Woman today. Sure I forgot to capitalize my first name but seeing there were zero comments, I didn’t want to blow my shot. I was in a hurry. Why … Continue reading

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Hopeful Parents

I’m over at Hopeful Parents today. Talking about Seth’s moves. Dance on over, won’t you?

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Would the teenage part of yourself be happy with who you are now?

Last night I had the good fortune of seeing Troubadours of Divine Bliss at Unity Center of the Heights. They are hard to explain. Kind of like The Indigo Girls but their songs mostly speak of Divine love, and with … Continue reading

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U23D in Cleveland

So we’ve been living here in Cleveland for over three years and had yet to make it to The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Yesterday was the day, and I’m so glad we waited. Our impetus for going was … Continue reading

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HT’s Perfect Response

Writer Elizabeth Aquino is asking special needs parents to answer this question: What would I say to the parent I was the day before my child was diagnosed with his or her disorder or the day before I knew? She’s … Continue reading

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This is Jan C. Snow, aka Jancy. She’s a writer, an artist, a musician, a mother, a grandmother and a friend. She is one of the MVP’s in Windsong, Cleveland’s Feminist chorus. Jan knows all the fun, (and often free) … Continue reading

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Being Fluid

The best, most valuable lesson I have learned from having a child on the autism spectrum is: be flexible. I don’t get it right every time, but over the last several years, I have learned ┬áto get it right the … Continue reading

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Danielle House, a Grandmother Fashion Show, Angelo Zuccolo and Don Giovanni

In 1989, Danielle Stento, a senior at the University of Buffalo, a girl from my hometown, about my age, was struck by a drunk driver while crossing a street in Buffalo, New York. She survived but suffered traumatic brain injury … Continue reading

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Orchid Mania/Cleveland Botanical Garden Slide Show

Learning to post a slide show, for me, was like giving birth. After it was over I forgot about the sweat, the tears, the pain. Almost. I have a point & shoot. None of these photos are edited. I want … Continue reading

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No Nonsense Nelly

So, the morning after my little orchid meltdown, I opened the Girls on the Run book to prepare for the lesson I needed to teach and the topic was “negative self-talk.” Oy. The girls wrote down two negative self-talk examples … Continue reading

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Orchid “Mania”

Yesterday, the kids and I accompanied our friend Jancy to The Cleveland Botanical Gardens where Orchid Mania is presently happening. I took a ton of pictures and made a gorgeous slide show. Contrast the tranquility of these photos, with my … Continue reading

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There is a sweetness in the air today. Seth got up early and hung out with HT while he got ready for work. They had breakfast, while Riley and I slept. I came downstairs to a fed, happy boy. HT … Continue reading

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It had been a long week. Too many appointments. Not enough down time. HT had to work the weekend, and yesterday I woke, not quite wanting to climb back into my life. “When is your next day off?” I mumbled … Continue reading

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Talk Nerdy to Me

‘Cause I love having my mind blown… And this is one reason why homeschooling does not scare me that much. We have no idea what world they will be living in or what we’re even preparing them for. We may … Continue reading

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The only thing better than being a boy obsessed with Lego, and having a new Lego to put together… is when your sister, whom you adore, suddenly, inexplicably, begins sharing your interest with you. Here they are, beginning to work … Continue reading

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A Very Successful Clay Session

My childrens’ self-portraits. It’s uncanny, isn’t it? The resemblance? We are up to our ears in pottery. As in…next class…if there is one, they are only making pieces to give away. Hot Toddy thought of it and I second the … Continue reading

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Who Do I Think I Am?

Last week the living room went from garish yellow to cappuccino. I like. Today The Maids came. My sister bought me a gift certificate almost a year ago and I never used it ’til now. And only now because they … Continue reading

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She Has Buckets of Empathy

Today was the first day of this season’s Girls on the Run. I had the lesson prepared, my flashcards at the ready and was enjoying leading the new group. Seth usually hangs out in the gym while we meet. Smack … Continue reading

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Homeschool Co-Op

This is Riley, (below right), enjoying a quiet lunch with two other girls at the homeschool co-op. The three of them decided to excuse themselves from the busy gym and eat in one of the classrooms. “Mom, can I go … Continue reading

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