Getting to the Root of Bullying

Kids beat up, pick on, and harass other kids. Nothing new. What is new is bullying sits in the forefront of our consciousness to disseminate, stop, and be rid of it once and for all. Social media provides a platform to witness bullying, exposing teachers, institutions, and people of all ages attacking others. We run campaigns to end the cycle. We expose the problem and teach how to handle bullying when it happens. Will this end bullying? No problem, big or small, will end unless we get to the root of the problem. That's when the more subtle, perhaps harder, work begins. ...more

I Regret Not Fighting Harder for Inclusion

Regrets. We all have them in some form or another. I suppose that the toughest ones for a lot of us revolve around our children and parenting in some way. I generally don’t like to hold on to them. I am for the most part a “glass half full” kind of gal—a positive person. So “could have,” “should have,” “would have” type regrets are generally not my thing. ...more

Embrace the Gift

Baltimore, Over the Rainbow and Back – Part 2

After the fun-filled experience boarding the ship (Baltimore, Over the Rainbow and Back – Pt 1) things were looking up. DC had his cheese burger, I had my wine, everything was calm. The remainder of the day (Friday) was spent exploring the ship. DC as usual, loved the cabin, as small as a ship cabin is, in his mind it is a “hotel room” and a hotel room is way up there on his list of favorite things....more

DC Speaks – Doug’s 153rd Birthday and why Mrs. H is just so jealous.

DC has his own Facebook and Instagram accounts. Instagram is private and I only accept people I absolutely know to follow him. 90% of the photos on this account are photos taken of him by me or someone other than himself. The photos and videos he has taken himself are pages from whatever book he may be reading, food, princesses from either books or the computer screen and videos of YouTube videos of Cinderella dancing (spinning mostly) or other characters spinning. There’s a lot of spinning....more

House-Tree-Pokémon

House-Tree-Person-Pokémon Drawings...more

Love has No Labels, No Disabilities, No Gender, No Limits

Two skeletons teach us that Love has No Labels. Kissing, hugging, sharing, we see the image of others with no shells to define our judgements. With the march to Selma marking its 50th anniversary, we can see places we've been and how far we've traveled. Yet, we have distances yet to go. People still struggle to vote, get equal wages, and be treated as a person, not a label. ...more

Dc’s Letter to His Best Buddy, Steve

(April 2014) - DC has been involved in the Best Buddy program, since he was in middle school. Steve has been DC’s Buddy for the past three years. As I’ve told him many times, he is the best, most involved Buddy DC has ever had. Steve will be graduating from college this May. He will be either heading to Boston or back home. In either case, he will not be living close by any more. We will be sorry to loose him. DC will be assigned a new Buddy next year and that buddy has very big shoes to fill!...more

Why You Will Never Be Happy

When you have a baby who has Down syndrome you find out that almost everyone in the world has a cousin with Down syndrome and they all work at a grocery store.And they’re all incredibly happy.You know, I hope most people are happy. I hope all kids are happy. And babies.Are people as a species so unhappy that my now five-year old daughter reading library books on the couch stands out in such contrast?...more

Would I cure Autism, if I could?

Honestly, I don’t know.Okay…well  I suppose, in our particular case, I do know.But I don’t think that I have given a lot of thought to curing Autism in general.I am not embarrassed to say this, we have done little to nothing…well closer to actually nothing…as far as fundraising and or supporting an Autism cause or organization. I guess we have been so busy living it, and some might even say living it in a bubble…that I have had little time to devote to those efforts.Well other than sharing my words here....more