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When the Parent is the Bully

This happened. It shouldn’t have. But it did. As the parent of a special needs child, you brace yourself for the bullying. Difference draws attention and not all of that attention is positive. But I did not expect it at the grocery store with my son and from another mother. I did not handle it well. I did not advocate as I should have. Shock can throw you off your game. But I’m sharing now

Tricks of the (Special Needs) Trade

Last week I collectively spent three hours on the phone with the office of Charlie’s geneticist. It was over the space of four phone calls with an average hold time of twenty minutes each. This gave me plenty of time to think. It was a snafu on their part that caused the time suckage. Someone on their end forgot to schedule the quarterly ultrasounds. Therefore, we had an appointment with the doctor…and nothing to talk

The Writing Life

The Writing Life If Week in Review is a list of accomplishments, all mine go in the writing category. Here’s a list of the articles that came out last week from yours truly!   5 Ways to Date Your Spouse Without Leaving the House in Her View From Home.  (Let us all think back eons ago to Valentine’s Day for this one.)                   To the Man Who

The Cushion (Sunday Thoughts #10)

MATTHEW 19:16-22, 26 16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”  18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false

Roll with It…Adaptive Living

They say animals adapt to their environment. The butterfly can change its wings to match the foliage. The rabbit can freeze faster than the hounds can hunt. It’s adapt or perish. When I say adapt, I’m not talking metaphysical here. For us it’s literal. Here’s a list of the “adaptive devices” Charlie uses on the regular: Compression suit (picture old lady socks, the kind they recommend for long international flights, only as a full body suit. Spanx

The Magical Mystery Tour

So I was riding the rails on Saturday and had some time to do a little thinking. Yep. Go back. Read it again. I was on a train with Jody. A murder mystery train, no less. The motion-minded thespians visited our car, car 76, and acted out the blood, murder, and mayhem while we cruised across the Tennessee countryside at low speeds. If you get the munchies, soda and large cinnamon rolls are for sale

The Supporting Actor (Sunday Thoughts #9)

GENESIS 6:17,18, 9:12,13 CHAPTER 6 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. CHAPTER 9 12 And God said, “This is the sign of

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