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Blatant Suffering

I went to a Yin Yoga workshop recently with a Buddhist teacher named Sarah Powers. She explained that in Buddhist philosophy, it is a given that suffering happens in life. No one gets out unscathed. So, there is suffering. But … Continue reading

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Is Your Kid the Welcoming Kind?

One day when Riley was in third grade, I met her on the playground after school and she fell into my arms, sobbing. “Why doesn’t anyone like me?” No one had made fun of her. No one had shoved her … Continue reading

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Forgive us our trespasses

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us. HT works a second job, part-time at a small compounding pharmacy. The owner of the pharmacy is generous enough to treat his employees to a nice dinner … 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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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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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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The King’s Speech, Stuttering, Tics, PANDAS

The other night we went to see The King’s Speech. If you have not see it yet, I’m sure you’ve at least heard about this gorgeous movie. Colin Firth won an Oscar last night for his performance in it. The … Continue reading

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Standing in Another Hollywood-istic Place

Just over two hours ago I woke my husband from a sound sleep and told him I couldn’t take it anymore. Riley had been sick all night, (tummy trouble associated with autism)and though he took the first shift, and was … Continue reading

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The BS Hustle for Worthiness

Today I watched a DVD of a talk by Brene’ Brown, titled The Hustle for Worthiness. It made me think about some things. So often, home with kids more by default, not necessarily by choice(at least at first), I feel … Continue reading

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