Last fall, my daughter, Jess, started working as a behavioral tech with kids who have autism. She began sharing stories of how she empathized with her charges. Not pitied, not sympathized but truly empathized about stims, melt downs, preferred and non-preferred behaviors, difficulty socializing, etc. Her empathetic response led her to connect what she observed … Continue reading Push


Long time, no post. I've been writing but the landscape is changing so quickly that unless I posted that day or even that minute, what I wrote was irrelevant. I wrote about my eldest daughter dropping out of college for the second time. My advice to her: Let go of the "shoulds" and do with … Continue reading Relevance


You know that moment when you click back into yourself? Maybe you've felt out of sorts or disconnected or generally discombobulated (a fav word) and suddenly, you just fit again within yourself. It happened this morning while out for a walk. I made the turn for home and felt it. I felt myself realign followed … Continue reading Lift


As I mentioned last week, I'm dating someone. We met online and things have progressed from get-to-know-you texting to meet for a drink to go out for dinner. Here's the thing: dating now (with kids, middle-aged, post divorce, you name it) leads me to feel three different ages at once. I feel 17 with the … Continue reading Ages


It’s blog post night. I typically write blog post drafts during the week and then refine and post on Thursday. This week, I‘m on my third possible post, each on a completely separate topic. It’s that kind of week. I wrote on Monday night about seeing someone. That’s right. I’m dating someone and still getting … Continue reading IRL