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Hope for Sammy – 2013

It’s that time of year … time to realize how long it’s been since I’ve put any words to the computer screen … and our annual TACA campaign.  I’m going to – GOING TO – get back to blogging, but in the meantime am putting this video up for Sammy’s TACA campaign. I’ve never been […]

Civility, Please!

I have a heavy heart today.  Well, it’s been heavy for a couple of days now.  Quite simply, I get so tired of reading, watching, and hearing the level of incivility that seems to so pervade the debate surrounding vaccines. I stumbled upon an article that was written by a mom and a concerned citizen […]

Little Things

It’s been a pretty tough summer, for so many reasons.  And I’m sitting here tonight hearing the deepest belly laughs from Sam sitting in front of the TV watching old “Tom & Jerry” cartoons on disc.  Now, no judging on the TV watching.  You know  y’all do it from time to time … and when I’m trying […]

Everyone Needs to Listen

It’s been a while … I know … I’ve fallen down more than just a bit on my declared dedication at the beginning of the year to post more frequently.  I have the same excuses as so many do … kids, work, family, other commitments.  I just don’t have time to do all that I want or […]

It’s All About Numbers

Tuesday night I had the privilege of attending my middle son’s DARE graduation at the local high school.  I hate to admit that I was more than a little bit preoccupied from all the emails, news tips, and web stories I had seen for the prior couple of days about the CDC’s expected upcoming “big” announcement […]

Not Born With It

Today is one of those days where I find I have far more going through my head than I can possibly articulate in words.  I spent most of the night pouring through news stories and press releases about yesterday’s announcement from the CDC about the current incidence of autism in our country.  I read the […]

Rock Star

Sammy is a rock star. This we already know.  He’s fighting a battle that we can’t even comprehend.  Each and every day he fights.  With a smile.  With laughter.  With temper tantrums and meltdowns, too.  But he keeps going, and we do, too. You can even ask him. He has a little routine, usually with his dad, but […]

Overdose

I generally try pretty hard to find the positive take on  things I’m writing about.  I could sooooo easily get caught up in all of the things in the world that make me sad or angry or frustrated … I think I could probably write a lot more – and more often – about those things.  I was […]

Change is Good

I’ve learned to be a real fan of change.  Change in behavior, that it.  Sam’s, in particular.  Change means something is happening.  Could be something good, could be something bad – but in this marathon, something, which is the opposite of nothing, means progress.  And the something that’s happening doesn’t necessarily correlate with the change in behavior.  By […]

I Still Need to Write More

Last week, Pete and I had a little disagreement. About my blog. In all fairness, he was trying to be supportive and encouraging.  He was, in fact, very complementary – telling me that my entries were engaging and well written.  But that I needed to write and post more often. “Well, yeah.”  I said.  “And I just have so […]