Murder and People with Developmental Disabilities

On Saturday morning of Labour Day weekend 2014, Frank Stack, 82, left his house in Elmhurst, Illinois and drove to the group home where his son, Francis, 48, lived with five other men with developmental disabilities. Mr. Stack, a regular visitor to the home, told the supervisor on duty he’d have his son back later that day.Next, the father drove to another group home where his daughter, Mary, 57 also developmentally disabled, resided. He told staff there that his wife, Joan, who was very ill, wanted to see her daughter....more

Little League Lessons

If you have athletically-inclined children who, for one reason or another, enjoy running and spitting and adjusting their cups, often at the same time, then you probably understand my fear and trepidation. Youth sports are anxiety-inducing torture sessions with parents who make The Great Santini seem supportive.Yet, if our children want to play and even promise to take out the trash twice a week without complaint, what can we do?...more

Pondering Thoughts Post Alzheimer’s

Kitchen Memories

This cross stitch was hanging in my Mamaw’s (paternal grandmother) kitchen. When she moved in with my parents my mom hung it in her kitchen. Now it is hanging in my kitchen....more
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Can Pretend Play Make Your Child Smarter?

We all have recollections of growing up and for most of us, these memories are filled with flashbacks of playing in the woods, or dressing up in our parents oversized clothes. Whilst we may no longer have time for this kind of inspiration, the lessons we learnt from experimenting with the world around us, have enabled us to dream bigger and cultivate our innovation. At least, that is the theory!  ...more

My Clubfoot Baby

This is my son Josiah....more

Preserving Memories: Tickets, Programs & Paper Memorabilia

Do you save tickets, playbills, travel vouchers/boarding passes, etc.? Are you like me - full of great intentions for preserving memories - but just not finding the time or all out commitment to make a scrapbook for all of these memories? Well I have a quick and easy solution for you, and my version took all of 15 minutes. ...more

From MaMa to Mom to (Heaven Forbid) Mother

There’s a space for nearly everything it seems. Those darn baby books think of milestones new mothers would never consider recording. From “Hangs up clothes” to “Makes bed”, there’s a spot for that. From, “Combs hair” to “Buttons”, there’s a spot for that too. It doesn’t mean I actually filled all of them in, but I’m cutting myself some slack because some of them to this day aren’t ready to be filled in. My 19-year-old son has yet to “Makes bed” or “Combs hair” so it’s fitting that I’ve left them blank....more

A Time to Think

Got up on a Tuesday morning to take my, now 2 year old, daughter to an orthopedic appointment. She was born with clubfoot and has to wear special shoes at night and we had to get fitted for a new pair. She was about 18 months old on this particular day. Her daddy, my husband, was also along for the trip. well on the way home, we stopped at a restaurant to eat. it was still early for lunch so we got breakfast. The waitress was real nice. she even gave my daughter a free yogurt....more

Choosing Gratefulness

Choosing to live a life of gratitude sure is harder than it sounds. Everywhere we go, everywhere we look, we are bombarded by our need more and need it now culture. Patience seems to be a rarity. Compassion is hard to come by. Gratefulness is a bit of a mystery. It’s so easy to be sucked into what society says about deserving more and better and it’s hard to step back and say “No. I already have all I need.”...more