Happy new year, ASL-style

I remember being a new mom to Avery and watching the second Signing Times video, “Playtime Signs.” At the end, there is an original song by Rachel Coleman. I used to watch the show for myself, just so I could listen to the song, called “The Good.” It brought tears to my eyes, and became a sort-of anthem for my life, then.

The song can be heard here. Or go here to see Rachel demonstrating the signs for “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year.”

Great news for Gifts…

a collection of writing by more than sixty moms, subtitled, “How Children with Down Syndrome Have Enriched Our Lives.” Editor Kathryn Lynard Soper has signed a contract for its publication with Woodbine House. The book is scheduled for release in early summer, 2007. For a preview, go here.

The maternal is political,

and Shari MacDonald Strong’s book project of the same name has a call for submissions here.

If, like me, you’ve found yourself acting as an advocate for your child or children and are interested in writing about the experience, get your submission in before spring, 2007