Both of my kids are the inspiration for this blog, but Nathan was the catalyst. In the beginning, it was a place where I – a mom who’d just been surprised with a second child with a disability – dumped my thoughts, my family and a few friends read them, and I went on about my […]

Why I Don’t Do Field Trips (and Barely Survived Shrek, Jr.)


At long last, Shrek, Jr. the Musical arrived. After four months of biweekly practices and four nights of four-hour rehearsals last week, Mr. Andi, Nathan, my mother-in-law, and I hauled our cookies to the Mayberry Civic Center for the production. The cast was large and ranged in age from 4th grade through 8th grade. Sarah Kate […]

One Way I Stay Sane When It’s Time to Cook Dinner


When I was a kid, my mom (like 1970s-era moms everywhere) would sometimes cook tuna casserole, and I hated it. Back in those days I wasn’t a fan of most casseroles, but tuna was particularly loathsome. Once, when I was about seven, my mom insisted I was NOT going to get up from the table […]

The Evolution of an Unlikely Performer


Several weeks ago, when I picked Sarah Kate up from show choir practice, she was bubbling over with enthusiasm. She had decided to audition for a solo in the song “Don’t Stop Believin’”! I had a flashback to the first day of show choir practice, when she almost didn’t go – there were tears (her) and frustration […]

Insta-Week: Girls, Girls, Girls!


Who’s up for a bunch of mostly-but-not-only Instagram photos today? I was talking to my mom on Wednesday and without going into all the specifics, I’ll just say that it dawned on me that she wasn’t aware of something pretty major that happened in our family this week: Sarah Kate cut her hair. If you […]

Education Expectations: What I Care About, and What I Don’t


On a recent episode of Mad Men, Pete Campbell’s ex-wife, Trudy, calls him in a tizzy because their daughter didn’t get into the school they expected. Not a college or prep school, mind you…preschool. One reason cited for Tammy’s failure was her lack of skill in the “Draw a Man” test. I was reminded of a discussion […]

Sun-Beams: April 2015 Edition

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In the recap of the reader survey in January, I let you know that I planned to discontinue Sun-Beams as a weekly feature. Going forward, Sun-Beams will be a (mostly) monthly feature, but it will remain a collection of links to stories, articles, photos, or videos I have come across that I believe will inspire, inform, […]