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Lives in the Different Lane

The Journey: My Deepest Regret

The Journey: My Deepest Regret

“I always felt like I was the older brother.” “I knew I couldn’t count on you.” “You met my physical needs but that was it.” These are things I’ve heard over the past few months from my younger son, the one who doesn’t have a […]

Answering “So What Do You Do?”

Answering “So What Do You Do?”

She tells me that her 11-year-old son, who is on the autism spectrum, hits her and laughs. When he watches a DVD he will put his Mario Brothers backpack next to him on the couch and talk to the backpack. He carries it around and […]

5 Questions for a Parent of a Child with a Rare Seizure Disorder

5 Questions for a Parent of a Child with a Rare Seizure Disorder

Sometimes Life in the Different Lane pushes you further than you ever thought you could go. I’m honored to interview my friend Elizabeth Aquino, author of the memoir Hope for a Sea Change and A Moon, Worn As If It Had Been a Shell, her […]

5 Questions for a Sister Contributor

5 Questions for a Sister Contributor

I’m delighted to announce that one of my essays has been published in Sisters Born, Sisters Found, an anthology celebrating sisterhood, edited by Laura McHale Holland. It’s a lovely book about the love of sisters, biological or not. I recently had the honor of interviewing […]

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. […]

Roller Skating in the Different Lane

Roller Skating in the Different Lane

My first pair of roller skates, a gift for my eighth birthday, looked very similar to the ones in the picture except the toe clamps on mine were a bit larger and covered with red vinyl. I loved having roller skates. We lived at the […]

Sisters, Traditions, and All the Good That Comes with Them

Sisters, Traditions, and All the Good That Comes with Them

There is a trio of closely grouped volcanic peaks in the Cascade Mountain Range in central Oregon called the Three Sisters. Each one is over ten thousand feet, and they have 15 named glaciers among them. North Sister, the oldest of the three (real-life counterpart: […]

The Unprodigal Son

The Unprodigal Son

I was told once, many years ago, that someday he would break my heart. And two years ago, when he moved 700 miles away to live with his father, it was assumed that the person who’d said that was right. Of course I missed him […]

When the Going Gets Hot

When the Going Gets Hot

Air conditioners go out in the middle of summer. It’s like Murphy’s Law. But when it happens in the middle of a 100+ degree heat wave, it feels like a sick joke. Even though it’s 102 degrees, I try to get outside and run errands […]

Most Likely to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Most Likely to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

There are plenty of things for which I am proud of my son. But this, by far, is the coolest. A few days ago Nigel came home with his yearbook, and I began flipping through it, gawking at all the kids I had watched grow […]