Highly Sensitive People

I'm sharing the below post here because my journey back to Self is intimately intertwined with my journey as Oliver's mother. Life with him has guided me toward healing in a way that nothing else ever has. It's intensified my desire to continuously evolve and the constant challenges of special needs motherhood provide me ample... Continue Reading →

Shame Culture: Divided We Fall

This isn’t a post about Oliver or the special needs life.  It is a post about all people and our shared human experience, something it seems, that we’ve forgotten.  In the last couple weeks social media platforms have devolved into hostile and judgmental places where a culture of shame is ruling the roost.  With the protests,... Continue Reading →

Quarantine: Part 1

I like to write posts with silver linings, as much positivity as I can muster and also messages of hope. But I’m a little short on all of those things right now so instead, I give you my raw and unfiltered experience, in hopes that anyone else struggling might find solace in the knowing that... Continue Reading →

Clear Cutting and The Fate of Humanity

Clear cutting of the forest is something that’s always been really hard for me to accept, even though, I too, use paper and wood. When we got word last year, that the neighboring property would be logged, it broke my heart. Our society hides its destruction quite well, so when it’s suddenly in your face... Continue Reading →

Corona Virus… Maybe Now They Will Understand

To everyone who suddenly feels like the world is one giant infectious monster, to those holding their breath as they pass oncoming humans on the sidewalk, to the people cancelling plane tickets, locking themselves indoors and clutching the Lysol wipes as if they were the only hope, welcome to our daily life… the tribulations of... Continue Reading →

The Anniversary of an Odyssey

Yesterday, the one-year anniversary of Oliver’s Odyssey slipped quietly by.  I had planned to do something big, in celebration, but true to the current theme of our life, the month leading up to this special day was filled with chaos and little opportunity for creativity.   But this only solidifies in my mind one of the greatest... Continue Reading →

Peeling the Onion

It has been said that the grieving process is like peeling an onion.  As each layer falls away, it gives the gift of deeper understanding and also reveals the next level of processing. The stages don’t go smoothly from 1-5… denial, anger, bargaining, depression and then acceptance.  They are interwoven and revisit you many times even after... Continue Reading →

May the Angels Fly High

Most of us share the basic human desire to escape pain. It is weeks like this one that illuminate the desperate attempts my mind makes to transcend my own.  Our HIE community was shaken by the passing of 3 of our children over the last week.  This unbelievable loss has thrust me hard back into... Continue Reading →

Unexpected Blessings

I was in rare form this morning. Well, let's be honest, it's not so rare these days. LOL After all of the craziness of the last couple weeks, I completely forgot about our Gastroenterology appointment at UCLA this morning. Luckily I had glanced at my calendar last night and caught my oversight before missing it... Continue Reading →

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