Support for all members of special needs families

Lives in the Different Lane

Not Just Any Prom

Not Just Any Prom

Would it surprise you to read that this prom was the culmination of a three-year plan? That shortly after he attended his first school dance as a freshman, Nigel announced that he would go to as many dances as he could so that he could […]

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 […]

How We Do Spring Break

How We Do Spring Break

It started out that we were going to take the train – Amtrak – to Los Angeles. Nigel had always wanted to take a train trip, and I thought it would be less expensive than flying. But, probably because we would be traveling during Spring […]

5 Questions for a Parent of a Special Needs Child

5 Questions for a Parent of a Special Needs Child

There are special needs kids, and then there are special special needs kids, the ones whose ethereal qualities make them like no one you’ve ever met. My friend Carrie Wilson Link has written and published a memoir titled Wil of God, which tells the story […]

5 Questions for an Adult Child of an Alcoholic

5 Questions for an Adult Child of an Alcoholic

With this post, I’m starting a new series called “5 Questions for” to highlight authors who write about disorders, addictions, abuse, or any topic that would affect family relationships. There is much wisdom to be gained from each other and our experiences. First up, I […]

Representative Elements of My Life

Representative Elements of My Life

[Warning: Unlike the manuscript pictured above, this post is a bit on the unstructured side. It is mostly grammatically correct, but that’s about it. The editor apologizes for any inconvenience.] I had a ton of errands to run yesterday. I try to consolidate errands anyway, […]

Another Different Stop Along the Way

Another Different Stop Along the Way

Nigel’s 17th Birthday, Oct. 2011 June – graduation – is four months away, along with Nigel’s transition to a supported living home. Most days I feel that it can’t come soon enough. And I don’t know if I would have thought that way ten years […]

Extreme Parenting Video

Extreme Parenting Video

If you haven’t seen this beautiful video yet, and almost 14,000 people already have, I ask you to take a moment and watch. My talented and inspiring friend Elizabeth Aquino put this lovely project together by posing a question on her blog: As the parent […]

How We Do Summer

How We Do Summer

Aidan surfaces from the clear, slow-moving river he has just jumped into. He sputters and gasps, invokes Divine intervention. “It’s so COLD!” he cries, as if emerging from glacial runoff. Quickly he attempts to pull himself up onto the large surrounding rocks, slipping on the […]

Protected: An Interview with Kate

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