To the Lady in the Black Sedan…

June 4, 2013

I get it. I understand why you did what you did. The main parking lot is a pretty long walk from the building, and the circular drive out front is always a clusterfark during pickup and dropoff for swim team. Your kids are old enough to be left at practice by themselves (I’m guessing 7-8?) […]

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A Triad of Evil…Delivered On My iPad

May 14, 2013

On Monday, a verdict was reached in the case of Kermit Gosnell: guilty of the murder of three babies, guilty of involuntary manslaughter  in the overdose death of a female patient, and guilty of a host of other lesser charges. Did you read the grand jury report? I tried but had a difficult time with […]

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We Want to Be Treated Like Everyone Else…Except When We Don’t

April 9, 2013

Despite the apparent forcefulness of last Tuesday’s rant on the Robert Ethan Saylor case, I struggled with the decision to post about it. The story picked up a lot of steam following the grand jury’s decision not to indict, but I’d been watching the case for weeks. In fact, I had a draft written several […]

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Who Is To Blame For Ethan Saylor’s Death?

April 2, 2013

I’ve been asked my opinion on the Saylor case, and given that so many other bloggers in the special needs world have posited an opinion, I guess it’s time for me to make my thoughts known, as well. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, first read up on it here. And while you’re […]

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Why I’m Not a Fan of the Fed’s Ruling Regarding Equal Opportunity in Sports for Students With Disabilities

January 31, 2013

In last Friday’s Snippets, I invited you to suggest future topics for the blog. Reader Ali had a request: that I share how I feel about the new federal regulations mandating that schools allow kids with disabilities to participate in sports. I should have known better than to open that door on what was a spur of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Gradual Descent by Patricia Morrissey

December 18, 2012

Recently, I received a copy of Gradual Descent, the debut novel of a new mystery series by Patricia Morrissey. Gradual Descent tells the story of a unique forensics team based in Washington D.C. that utilizes individual quirks and strengths to investigate white-collar crime, and challenges the reader’s preconceived notions of those with disabilities. I agreed to […]

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A Tale of Two Viral Sports Videos

December 13, 2012

In this past Sunday’s Sun-Beams, I linked to a viral video of a middle school wrestling match and asked you to tell me what you thought about it. Several variations of the story of the match had popped up in my Google Reader last week, and it was also featured on Good Morning America. In […]

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Athleticism, Inspiration, and Apathy: NBC’s Neglect of the 2012 Paralympics

August 28, 2012

Earlier this month, we watched some of the world’s greatest athletes compete on the world’s largest stage in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The stories of inspiration were played and replayed – Manteo Mitchell, who ran half a lap on a broken leg during the team relay, Oscar Pistorius, who competed in track and […]

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Inner Beauty Beach

July 12, 2012

Bathing suit season for me, like many women, is used to be stressful. It’s a lot easier to hide the imperfections I loathe when I can cover them up with regular clothes. Swimsuits are the great equalizer. Before we lived along the coast, Mr. Andi would humor my fretting over my swim suit before every […]

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How the Push Girls Are Like Special Needs Moms

July 5, 2012

Despite my initial disappointment that the Push Girls are all women whose disabilities were due to injury or illness, I’ve fallen in love with the show. Very little of it appears contrived, the women are candid and authentic, and the show feels more like a serial documentary than most reality show fare. Although the four […]

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