Question of the Day: “What is Kintsugi and why is it important for reflection?”

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold, but truly I think it is a metaphor for embracing all flaws and imperfections. Let me explain and simplify with the literal definition of a very complex process of both art and science: Kintsugi is the ancient art of repairing broken pottery…

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Question of the Day: “When did we lose our innocence?”

Innocence is a topic I teach with literature all of the time. It is built into novels since it is definitely a platform authors love to tackle. Generally, a good piece of fiction will highlight a character’s innocence or naivete, create a situation that destroys it, and then examine how this character picks up the…

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Autism: When Your Child Gets Diagnosed

One in sixty-five people in the United States have been diagnosed with Autism.  It is a disorder that affects language and social skills.  Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder can have severe language delays.  They can miss obvious social cues.  They can be unable to forge real relationships with others.  They are easily confused in social…

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Single Mom Life: Killing the Caterpillars

I didn’t mean to do it. My son wanted to order the butterfly kit, so we could watch them transform from crawling caterpillars to delicate butterflies.  I loved this idea. Butterflies are my spirit animal and the thought of being able to rear them to adulthood and watch this beautiful transition thorough life would be…

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Single Mom Life: Autism

My younger son may have autism.  He is going to be tested at school as well through a separate organization. I remember the first time I heard someone tell me that they thought my son had autism.  It felt like a punch in the stomach and anger arose.  It was my brother and we were…

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Single Mom Life: “Let’s get you skinny!”

The above quote was said to me by my eight-year-old son.  My son is eight going on eighty-five, and he loves his lists.  After hearing me gripe about not being able to go running because of the 22 degree wind chill, he decided to come up with an indoor workout we could both do.  Apparently,…

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Single Mom Life: Pimples & Pubic Hair

My son Cole is only 11, and I recently saw two emerging pimples on the left side of his nose. “Oh,” I said, “You’re getting pimples.”  I said it lovingly because I realized that this is his ascent into puberty. “Can I pop them?” “No,” he said with shock.  “Why would you do that?” “Come…

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Single Mom Life: A Little Poem for This Cold Morning

My Son Sometimes my son squeaks He points and gesticulates wildly trying to get his point across He can speak But, at that moment, he chooses not to For an entire day I go back and forth–worrying–maybe this is the time he stops talking altogether Do I force words from his lips, from his heart…

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