Monthly Archives: January 2012

Durga Tool #6: Synchronicity, Luck or Fate (whatever it is, I’ll take it!)

Here’s another in my toolbox series of techniques that inspire me to live with joy, compassion and courage, as inspired by the Hindu goddess Durga  — my nominee for patron saint of special needs parents. Well, it’s official. The blood … Continue reading

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Sitting in the Charnel Ground

Heads-up: This post contains some dark images, but I’m letting them out in the hopes of letting some sunlight in, shining some light onto what I’m sure many struggle with. The moment starts out mundanely enough. Standing in line for … Continue reading

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It’s complicated

I am having a really hard time figuring out what to make of my son’s soccer practice this past Saturday. Can you help me figure it out? As part of our town’s recreation department’s efforts to create recreation opportunities for … Continue reading

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“Let there be peace, welfare and righteousness”

Reflecting on Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s contribution to peace  thought I’d share a blessing by Hagen Hasselbalch which I found in Earth Prayers. It so beautifully captures the open-armed ambitions of the peace movement inspired by folks like Dr. King: … Continue reading

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Show me love

Everyone shows love in different ways. Children with special needs are no different in that regard, maybe even hardwired to be more different than usual. While Williams Syndrome is associated with a “cocktail party personality,” one of the defining characteristics of … Continue reading

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No big whoop?

The special needs blogosphere and social media outlets are abuzz about this recent Target ad featuring a boy with Down Syndrome. This kid is cute. Really cute. It’s great to see him there. The big news isn’t the fact that … Continue reading

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The most wonderful time of the year

A woman visits her rabbi to ask his advice on how to handle her family’s cramped living quarters. “Rabbi, we only have one small room and my husband and children and I are always bumping into each other. It’s so noisy … Continue reading

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