Monthly Archives: May 2007

A different kind of graduation

I’ve written about Avery’s walking here, and again here, so it’s not a new subject. Even so, I wasn’t ready for what happened last week. I write about it today, in “A Little More” at ParentDish.

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Quote for the day

“You can’t be a poopy fireman.”

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Extreme Monsters: A report by Carter

I recently came across Brighter Minds Media, an educational publisher of children’s books, games and software. I handed Carter one of the books in the Extreme Monster series nonchalantly; just sort of laid it by his desk. I’m always looking … Continue reading

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A family bicycles together to raise awareness

The Northwest Florida Daily News has a feature story about a family of 10 that is bicycling 1100 miles to raise Down syndrome awareness. Of the inspiring event, mom Kathy Thompson says, “We want families with a Down syndrome child … Continue reading

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Last week, I got the editorial letter for my book, Roadmap to Holland. In it, my editor made suggestions like, “There seems to be a line of dialog missing here” (yes) or “Why are you spending three pages discussing nutritional … Continue reading

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Good news!

A while back, I wrote about a story of inclusion at the Chickahominy VFD Station 10 and their entry in the firedog Across America Heroes contest. And here’s the results, from an email forwarded by Sheila Hebein of the NADS: … Continue reading

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I am the mother of sons

Thursday’s “A Little More” post at ParentDish includes, but is not limited to: baking bread, picking raspberries, tea parties, the burp alphabet, ballet, bath time, construction equipment and Down syndrome. To read more, go here.

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A story of brotherly love

Benjamin Strong, who is the father of a 4-year-old son with Down syndrome, and who was a firefighter/paramedic in the Baltimore area, sent this link to the Baltimore Sun. It’s the story of a 13-year-old boy who rushed back into … Continue reading

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It’s a happy day here

at Pinwheels when I remember that it’s time for a new Special Needs Mama column at Literary Mama. This month, Vicki Forman writes about “The Center of the World.” Her post reminds me of this: Like Evan, Avery has a … Continue reading

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More to think about

Kristen, who writes From Here to There and Back, nomintated me for a Thinking Blogger Award. In her post, she says Pinwheels helped “redefine the words special needs” for her. I think that’s about the nicest compliment anyone could give … Continue reading

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Dangerous Boy Friday!

I first read about The Dangerous Book for Boys by brothers Conn and Hal Iggulden in a post by Susan Wagner at ParentDish, here. It caused quite a stir, and from reader comments, I knew it was something I wanted … Continue reading

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The dreams of a sleeping child

It’s Thursay! This week, for “A Little More” at ParentDish, I write about dreams–mine, Avery’s, and mine for Avery. To read more, go here.

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Call for submissions

There’s been a change of line-up over at Literary Mama, and Dawn Friedman, formerly the editor of the OpEd columns, will now be taking over the Faces of Motherhood section. She writes: The column is for under-represented voices of motherhood. … Continue reading

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Me, me, me

I’ve been tagged by Jen to share “7 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Me” so here goes: 1. I’m a blackbelt in karate. 2. I can speak or read seven languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish, English, Latin, Sanskrit). … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Day wish

The lovely and amazing Emily Elizabeth is mom to Gabe, who has heart surgery scheduled for May 15. If Mother’s Day is like birthdays, and you get one wish, mine is that Gabe’s surgery is a success. Emily is asking … Continue reading

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