Including People with Special Needs in Religious Life

Including People with Special Needs in Religious Life
I have been writing about how many religious communities have no place for people with disabilities since I started blogging five-and-one-half years ago. Having grandkids with special needs can do that to a grandmother. I have heard explanations from we don’t do that to we have to create something separate to accomplish that. But all... Read more »

The Power of Community: Finding Lucy

The Power of Community: Finding Lucy
Lucy is one lucky dog. She had just joined my daughter’s family, a rescue dog with a sad two-year history of loss and disruption. Her original owner in Kentucky died. Somehow, she ended up in Evanston via Wagging Hearts, being fostered by a caring family, until she joined her forever family. For all of four... Read more »

The Letters: A Valentine's Day Message From My Late Parents

The Letters: A Valentine's  Day Message From My Late Parents
My mother bequeathed all of the love letters she and my father wrote to each other during World War II to me.  After my father died, she made me promise to keep them and I did. Over 400 of them languished in my basement, unread for almost four years. A combination of guilt and curiosity led... Read more »
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Concerns About Evanston High School’s New Therapeutic Special Education School

Concerns About Evanston High School’s New Therapeutic Special Education School
I was going through old photos when I made a sad discovery. In third and fourth grade, my granddaughter lost her smile. She also lost two years of her education because her school was unable to adapt materials and methods so she could learn. These were her final years in public school, as it was... Read more »

Middle School: Still the Neglected Middle Child of Education

Middle School: Still the Neglected Middle Child of Education
They passed notes, threw spit balls, popped their gum, and seemed far more interested in their hair than in the hair-raising poem I was trying to teach them. It was 1967 and student teaching sixth grade English was my first encounter with middle school. Luckily for me, there was no such institution when I was... Read more »

The Mister Rogers Movie Deserved to Win an Oscar

The Mister Rogers Movie Deserved to Win an Oscar
Won’t You Be My Neighbor, the best and most popular documentary film of 2018, was snubbed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. While the film was a huge box office success for a documentary, it was not even nominated for an Academy Award. That’s a shame because director Morgan Neville’s portrait of the... Read more »
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Kids with Special Needs Still Love to Dance

Kids with Special Needs Still Love to Dance
My granddaughter with special needs has sat through countless dance performances for her neurotypical little sister. Don’t get me wrong. She loves them. But when her sister’s dance studio, Dance Center Evanston, offered an adaptive dance class for movers ages 11-20 who have special needs, she enthusiastically wanted to be a dancer rather than a... Read more »

Y2K and Today: Some Belated Thoughts for the New Year

Y2K and Today: Some Belated Thoughts for the New Year
The start of the new millennium was so frightening it had a special name: Y2K (Year 2000). In 1982, Prince’s song 1999 reflected worries of a nuclear apocalypse back then, as the cold war with Russia led many to believe the world would end by the turn of the century. Instead of being depressed, Prince... Read more »

Why I Love My Computer but Hate Technology

Why I Love My Computer but Hate Technology
On Sunday, I cried in the Apple Store. I’m sure I was not the first or last person reduced to tears there, and, in my defense, I was still sick from a trifecta of bronchitis, asthma, and a sinus infection. I had also just learned that, after a week in the computer hospital, my beloved... Read more »
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When the Dog Dies

When the Dog Dies
Yesterday, I had to pick up my granddaughter from middle school so she could say goodbye to her beloved dog Penny. Driving to the vet with her sobbing next to me broke my heart, but I knew she had to have a chance to tell Penny how much she loved her and stroke her soft... Read more »