Why I Believe in Santa… and I’m Jewish!

“I’m not ready to stop believing in Santa Claus,” my 75-year-old father told me right before he passed away. “Daddy I think you are confused, you’re JEWISH!” I giggled. While my father was accepting of the fact that all his children had married out of the religion and therefore celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas, he himself remained very conservative in his Judaic ways making this whole “ Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” conversation bordering on the absurd. Yet, I was not shocked for towards the end of my father’s days these types of arbitrary remarks were not uncommon. But this time, it was different. What he said next would forever change my life. Fast forward several months to the day my then 10 […]

The Birth of ZOOM Magazine… I am so excited

So once again I have been MIA lately. I hate how I am not blogging like I used to. But I really do have a good reason this time. I have been putting together all the content for the premiere issue of ZOOM- Autism through many lenses magazine. What? You haven’t heard about ZOOM? Well then before I go any further, check this out… I am the writer part of that beautiful video. I am so excited about this project. It just sort of happened, out of a conversation that was more talk than real. But then we started thinking about it and well… it just seemed like we had to explore the idea. Before we knew it Jodi Murphy from Geek Club Books (the […]

Excited to be part of a FREE VIRTUAL Parenting Event and you can be a part too… and um once again it’s FREE!!!

Let me start off by saying I am not selling you anything…just the opposite I am GIVING you something for FREE!!! And before you shake your head and say like I need more parenting advice like I need a hole in the head… read on cause this virtual event is going to be way cool and um… its virtual so you can participate while the kids are at school, napping, playing Xbox whatever and you can even be in your PJs and no one will care cause they won’t see you. (I told you it was COOL!) So the other day I got this email from Sabrina  Marasovich, the host of this free online event which is called: Practical Parenting Help: Discover Solutions and Strategies […]

WORDS

I am numb. Yesterdays events have left me raw, emotional and like so many other parents around the world lifting my head up towards the sky and asking WHY while in the same breath saying “THANK YOU” for my babies being safe and sound. My heart aches for those families in CT who are suffering right now, trying desperately to understand what has happened and the fact that their precious love one is no longer there beside them. I can not, nor do I ever hope I can, imagine the grief and anger they must have. ANSWERS is what they want. ANSWERS will not bring back their son or daughter, wife, mother or friend… but still they seek them. I get this, really I do. […]

All We Can Hope For

Something happened that I cannot tell you about because it is not my story to share. But the actual details really don’t matter to this post anyway. This post is not about What Happened, it is about the way my baby girl CHOSE to react  when it did. As a mom you do what you can to instill values and teach your kids right from wrong. We talk, we preach, we role model, we share. And then you send your kids out there into the world and HOPE that they do what is right. When they falter, and they will falter cause we all do, you pick them up dust them off and reevaluate what went wrong. And then once again we  teach, we preach, […]

What I was Going To Tell YOU…

It has been so long since I have posted and so many things have been going on that I am almost too overwhelmed to do this. I guess this is my editors note to you all. My warning so to speak that this post will be filled with lots of run on sentences and will skip around and will most likely be very long. So pour a cup of coffee and sit down and stay with me here if you dare. Glad to see that I did not scare some of you away! LOL Anyway I was already to start telling you about meeting with Jay’s principle and how awesome he is and how I left the room almost dancing but didn’t dare because well […]

Jennifer Livingston I APPLAUD YOU and your words to our children:”Do not let your self-worth be defined by bullies…”

It is October and most of you know that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I have my pink ribbon and I wear it proudly. But there is another campaign that happens this month that gets much less attention. October is Anti Bullying Month! For those of you are so busy just trying to get through the day and may not have had a chance to have seen this video of anchor woman Jennifer Livingston who graciously yet very effectively takes a stand against BULLIES… before I go any further with this post…. please take a look! I will wait cause well… it is that important that you watch it! Go on… I promise you it is worth it! As a woman who well is […]

Why We Walk For Autism Speaks and Our Encounter With a Protester!

NOTE: The following was posted last October after we completed the Autism Speaks Walk. It is that time of year again and we are forming our team to do it again. I often feel a bit guilty telling folks that we are walking for Autism Speaks because part of me does not care for the way they do things. But I believe they are changing. The Autism Speaks VOTE video is incredible and actually features many Autistic individuals in it! I think they heard us and they get it. Either way we do the walk because JAY wants to do it! I have so many new readers since last year, so I thought I would repost this so you can see why we walk and […]

“Being autistic means that you get to be incredibly happy!” Guest Post by Kasey Smith

EDITORS NOTE: The incredible thing about the internet is the ability to meet all sorts of people from all over the world. I love the community page I have on Facebook. It is a positive place where everyone shares what they feel and knows that others will not jump all over them, even if they differ in opinion. The fact that it is a safe place is why I believe I have been fortunate to have so many grownups with Aspergers join us. I love this more than I can explain! These incredible folks are able to share their first hand insight with us and make me understand things that I just never would have gotten without them. One of those folks who enlightened me […]

Boxers vs Briefs

  I happened to pass by my boy’s room while he was getting dressed this morning and noticed that he was wearing boxer briefs instead of his usual tighty whities. So of course I asked him about it. His response was, “MOM… for now on I will wear boxer briefs on A days (which is the day he has PE) and my regular comfy tighty whities on B days.” He must have noticed my puzzled look because he sighed and continued on saying, “Mom I happened to notice that the other boys were wearing boxers and well… you know!” Okay folks there are just too many things about this that are awesome but I cannot go into them right now because I need to run […]