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Random Bipolar Musings, Part 1

Random Bipolar Musings, Part 1

I figured it would be a good project – asking those closest to me how it was and is for them having a wife/mom/daughter/sister/friend with bipolar. What’s challenging? What’s strange? Anything interesting? Anything good? Or not really? The project – a series of blog posts […]

The Call You Can No Longer Make

The Call You Can No Longer Make

I was six years old. A long-time friend of my father’s was visiting from the East coast, and we were returning from taking him out to dinner. It was late, and I had been dozing in the car on the way home. I woke up […]

Cancer Is Just a Word

Cancer Is Just a Word

Cancer’s just a word until you witness it ravage someone you love. And if you are with that person, that loved one, when they take their last breath, it changes you forever. Sometimes in ways you wouldn’t expect. * Four years ago this month my […]

Hope: Is It in You?

Hope: Is It in You?

In the past week, I have met with a Vocational Rehab counselor, written a visual support social story about going to doctor appointments, created multiple visual support schedules, and contacted an agency that provides long-term in-home support for people who need assistance meeting their needs. […]

Transition Check-In: Limited Means

Transition Check-In: Limited Means

“I don’t like it when you say ‘special needs’ or ‘developmental disabilities’ about me.” “I’m sorry, I didn’t realize that.” “It makes me feel like I’m incapable of doing things.” “I’ll do my best not to use that terminology with you. What do you prefer […]

Transition Check-In: On Chickens and the Counting of Them

Transition Check-In: On Chickens and the Counting of Them

Sometimes waiting to count your chickens after they hatch isn’t going to help. Because if they aren’t doing well after they hatch, what do you do then? * The good news is that after seven weeks of Nigel living in a supported living home, I […]

Why My Son Moved to a Supported Living Home

Why My Son Moved to a Supported Living Home

It’s not something you hear a parent say every day. It’s not “my daughter has a dental appointment today” or “my son had a meltdown today” or even “I had an IEP meeting this afternoon.” But the words ran over and over through my mind […]

It Took a Metropolis, Not a Village

It Took a Metropolis, Not a Village

This day. This glorious, much-anticipated day. This day that I sometimes thought would never arrive finally did and, in the celebration of it all, nearly slipped through my fingers, like the final grains of sand in an hourglass. How could I possibly recount the infinite, […]

A Different Kind of Being Right

A Different Kind of Being Right

When I was in the middle of my college years in Oregon, I decided to change majors and move 700 miles back to southern California. My dad was still employed by the City of Los Angeles doing administrative work, so I lived with him and […]

5 Questions for a Grief and Abuse Survivor

5 Questions for a Grief and Abuse Survivor

So much about life is about perspective, and that is just one of the many things I learned while reading Laura McHale Holland’s enlightening memoir, Reversible Skirt. In it, Holland writes from her child-self perspective as she tells the story of growing up in the […]