Birdman, The Giver: Movies to See; Actors to Watch for a Lifetime

Michael Keaton stars in a new film, Birdman. Got to see it? Yes. Know what it is about? ...more

An Open Letter To My Son's Teachers On This, His Last Day Of Elementary School

Dear Teacher, Aide, Therapist, Learning Support Staff, Secretary, Principal, Counselor, Nurse, Janitor, and Cafeteria Worker:For five years, you have taught my son.Some of you are shaking your head thinking, "I'm not a teacher..." but I'm here to tell you that yes, you are.When I sat down six years ago at the County Intermediate Unit with a group of teachers and therapists, and representatives from the school district, I remember quite vividly that I held a pen in my right hand. I did this for two reasons.First, I knew there would be paperwork....more
At one time it was all so terrifying. What a great story of making it one day at a time. You've ...more

Twenty Years of Loving and Hating Barney

The sugar-coated voice, the short bouncy arms, the spunky kids, Barney and his whole act drove me nuts. I declared my children would never watch such things. Barney was outlawed from my home. But Barney was everywhere: birthday parties, schools, and of course the television.My daughter shrugged her shoulders at the purple dinosaur - she could take it or leave it. Along came my son and everything changed.I found the camps tough on both sides of Barney. There were those that loved him or hated him....more
I'm a Barney fan because my daughter loved him so much.more

Institutionalization: "Isn't there some place you could put her?"

Without a doubt, the worst thing anyone has ever said to me concerning my special needs daughter is, "Isn't there some place you could put her so you can have a better, more normal life?"Isn't that just what every mother of a child with disabilities wants to hear?...more
nomorenicegirlc Yes!  I agree.  Each of our journeys will not look the same, but will be the ...more

Schools, Guns, Death: A History of Violence Ready to Change

Across the fields and over the hills, into the cities, and behind the desks, children, teachers, and parents are gunned down - even Wikipedia lists a School Shootings as a page.  The list begins with the 1800s. Students, teachers, parents, and lovers killed each other with the school as a backdrop. A look at the history of the murders reveals a past woven with many tales of anger, revenge, and sadness....more

Facing Father's Day as a Single Parent: Building Support One Choice at a Time

As single parents, we face either Mother's Day or Father's Day alone. Our kids trot to school and make cards, paint projects, and wrap love with all their might around the gifts they bring home. What do we do when the other parent isn't around?...more

The power of denial

This post originally appeared on my blog, Joseph at Home. ...more

Our family and MCAP.

I must have sat here for at least a week thinking of a clever beginning for this blog post.  And the only thing I could come up with?  Nightmare.  One word.  That's all I can use to describe this situation, and the nightmare that it has been.  Almost two years ago, life with my oldest child completely changed, and it wasn't even her fault.  There are no words to describe the pain and frustration you feel when you see your child go through something that you can't even control, no matter how hard you try....more

Society Has Failed Us....

Society has failed us all.... Society deems what is "acceptable" in our world. It feeds the media whom then warps these thoughts into biased, fear based reports. This is unacceptable. Society tells our children it's not okay to be curvy. Society tells our children it's not okay to be Gay. Society tells our children how they should look, speak, and act. ...more

Am I doing this right - Parenting a special needs child

I am not an indecisive mom. I’ve had my after the fact “should I have done that?” kind of doubts but I rarely question myself in the moment. But with everything in life, there are exceptions....more