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The Journey: My Parenting Milestones

The Journey: My Parenting Milestones

I looked up “top parenting milestones” online, since with Aidan’s high school graduation this month I’ve made it to what I consider one of the biggest, and the first three pages of the search engine lists milestones for new parents. Baby milestones, like first time […]

Looking for Closure, Part 2

Looking for Closure, Part 2

[If you have not read Part 1 of this post, I encourage you to do so as it provides the background story as to why I would be seeking closure on a mountain.] For the second time in fifteen years, I was stuck on this […]

Looking for Closure, Part 1

Looking for Closure, Part 1

  I scramble over boulders, some the size of small cars. My legs slip in between them; I twist my ankles. Trying to hurry, I trip multiple times and scrape my shins, knees, and hands. My backpack, now empty of food and water, slides around […]

Action Is More Powerful Than Motivation

Action Is More Powerful Than Motivation

Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan was coined in 1988 at an advertising agency meeting. The founder of Wieden+Kennedy agency credits the inspiration for the slogan to the last words of Gary Gilmore (an American criminal who gained international notoriety for demanding the execution of his death sentence for two […]

Awakening the Heart: Patience

Awakening the Heart: Patience

Part 3 in a series of posts about improving any type of relationship by practicing basic Buddhist teachings, based on a non-residential day retreat taught by the lamas at the Buddhist temple where I used to work. The six basic Paramitas (a word which means […]

Transition Check-In: Something Between Us

Transition Check-In: Something Between Us

There’s a ride at Disneyland that most of us have probably been on – The Haunted Mansion. I loved it from beginning to end, even though the first few times I went on it I was scared (but, you know, in a fun way). I […]

Awakening the Heart: Ethics

Awakening the Heart: Ethics

Part 2 in a series of posts about improving any type of relationship by practicing basic Buddhist teachings, based on a retreat taught by the lamas at the Buddhist temple where I work. The six basic Paramitas (a word which means ‘going beyond’): generosity, ethics, […]

Transition Check-In: The Keys to Supported Independence

Transition Check-In: The Keys to Supported Independence

If I had written this post just one week ago, it would have been titled “Transition Check-In: The Waiting Game,” because that’s where we were, where we have been, where we thought we would be for at least year two years, waiting for Nigel’s HUD […]

Awakening the Heart: Generosity

Awakening the Heart: Generosity

Part 1 in a series of posts about improving any type of relationship by practicing basic Buddhist teachings * After almost 15 years of managing accounts in the fast-paced, demanding office of an order fulfillment company, I landed a job at the complete opposite end […]

Are Special Needs Actually Special?

Are Special Needs Actually Special?

spe·cial adjective \ˈspe-shəl\ : of a particular kind : peculiar to a particular person, thing, or purpose : unusual, exceptional : especially important or loved –          New American Webster Dictionary Back in the days when I had time to write more than one post a […]