Free Apex Social Distancing Book Bundle (Including Beautiful Sorrows!)

I am absolutely thrilled to be included in the Apex Social Distancing bundle. Apex put together five books that you can download for free to read during this time, including my very first book, Beautiful Sorrows. Please download, share, read, and enjoy. You can download the bundle here.   Available until March 31st Covid-19 is serious business. In an effort … Read More

Pick-Me-Ups: Love During the Time of Corona

My friends. My darling ones. Humanity is horrible and wonderful and ugly and amazing. Right now there’s a pandemic and panic, but there is also so much beauty. I’ve made a list of wonderful things people are doing to make this time in self-isolation/quarantine easier. From virtual museum tours to Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s “Quarantunes” playlist, here are some … Read More

Say What Is Truth with Joni Haws! Honesty, Vulnerability, and Trigger Warnings

My friend Joni Haws is an absolutely amazing person. She is one of my very favorite people in the entire world. Joni just started the Say What is Truth podcast, where she sits and has conversations with (extra)ordinary, everyday people to discuss what goes on in their lives.  She’s wise, insightful, and these conversations hit hard. Exploring life’s defining moments, … Read More

Our ISP (Individualized Support Plan) for Niko. Gah.

We had an ISP for Niko today. An ISP is an Individualized  Support Plan or Individualized Services Plan. In short, we’re opening a case file for Niko so we can have support when he transitions out of high school. We want him to be able to contribute to society and engage with those around him, but we need help facilitating … Read More

Christmas Gifts for Children with Special Needs

This is a toughie. It can be downright hard, because there are so many emotions tied up with the holidays. We have expectations. Christmas is supposed to be a time where we express our love and gifts are a way we do that. What if the child, who has special needs, doesn’t like their gift? What if they don’t play … Read More

Some Beautiful Words on 9/11

I saw a quote that moved my soul, so I made a shareable graphic. May you and I be part of the 10,000 kindnesses.  

Stephanie M. Wytovich, Ted Bundy, and Me. A Shockingly Evil Discussion.

Stephanie M. Wytovich is one of my favorite people. She’s an author, a poet, and a phenomenal human being whose beautiful heart has a dark bent. So when she asked if we could discuss Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile,the new movie about Ted Bundy, I was all over that. Unlike other movies and documentaries that focus on his gruesome … Read More

May Is Williams Syndrome Awareness Month!

Most of you are familiar with the fact that my 16 year old son has Williams Syndrome. It’s an exceptionally intricate genetic syndrome that affects so many things about him. His heart. His mental capabilities. He’s in high school and he doesn’t have the dexterity to manipulate a button. But he loves. Oh, how he loves! I posted about WS … Read More

An Introduction to Williams Syndrome

The Williams Syndrome Association put out a wonderful video that touches on some of the main points of Williams Syndrome. I know so many of the beautiful faces in this video, and it fills me with joy. When my son was first diagnosed with WS, we weren’t in contact with anybody else who had it, and felt horrifically alone. (I … Read More