Category Archives: Personal

Goodbye, Hamlet {A Dog Treat Recipe}

Goodbye, Hamlet {A Dog Treat Recipe}
I am a softie. A rescuer.  Maybe that's why students used to ask if they could eat lunch in my classroom.  It's certainly why I brought home Hamlet, a rescue dog, just two months before our adopted son came home from Guatemala.  I was yearning to nurture - and there was a delay in our adoption paperwork.  And so, just like that, Hamlet helped to fill the void. Suddenly, three nights ago, Hamlet collapsed and I rushed him to the emergency veterinary clinic.  I'll spare you the unpleasant...

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Life Has No Reset Button - So Organize the Kitch...

Life Has No Reset Button – So Organize the Kitchen
When life feels out of control, I like to purge.  It somehow gives me the sensation that I am in charge.  Of something.  But usually not the things that matter.  It makes no difference, though - it still leaves me feeling somewhat more satisfied. Lately, I can't escape the feeling that I am caught in a cyclone.  Our son's transition back home started smoothly, but is rapidly leading back to where we began.  My daughter's riding instructor asked her how I was coping, and she replied that...

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5 Reasons Real Life Should Be Like a Dude Ranch

5 Reasons Real Life Should Be Like a Dude Ranch
This has been a time of great transition for our family.  We have gone from the hectic schedule of a busy school year to the relative ease of summer, jobs are in transition, and our son has returned home.  We were sorely in need of a family vacation...and while most people consider a trip to the lake or beach to be an ideal destination, we had something else in mind.  We yearned for something adventurous, but also easy.  I didn't want to worry about making meals (or even a week's worth of dinner...

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Challah, Our New Family Tradition

Challah, Our New Family Tradition
It has been said that when I put my mind to something, I resemble a dog on a bone (figuratively, I hope!). I ponder, I mull, I research, and of course, I turn to social media for advice. About a week before our son was due home from residential treatment, I wanted to come up with some new ways for us to spend time together and to develop traditions in the kitchen. He is a major holiday lover, so I decided that there wouldn't be anything better than a weekly celebration that would bring our family...

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Gotcha Day, revisited

Gotcha Day, revisited
Two days ago, as I flew to New Mexico to pick up our son from residential treatment, my mind was overwhelmed with thoughts, hopes and fears.  Would we be reduced yet again to the "walking on eggshells" state of existence that we experienced for the nearly 7 years before making the monumental decision to seek residential therapeutic care for Ari?  Or would the past 16 months of treatment, maturation, and extensive support be enough to reunite our family and ease us into a state of peaceful and...

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Hospital Food – Not Ideal for Promoting Health

Hospital Food – Not Ideal for Promoting Health
Most of us have spent more time in hospitals than we would like - either as patients, or visiting loved ones.  Our most recent experience in the hospital was with our son, when he was being evaluated by a team of neuropsychiatric specialists in Utah.  It was the first step of our journey, before he went to his current therapeutic setting. He was very excited because he had earned the privilege of taking us downstairs to the cafeteria for lunch instead of having to stay upstairs and have lunch...

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Finding Hope After A Difficult Journey

Finding Hope After A Difficult Journey
When I sat down to write my most recent blog post, I was surprised to see that I hadn't written a post in nearly 7 months. The first excuse that came to mind was that I must have been too busy juggling my adjustment to a new teaching job with family life. But the reality is that I haven't wanted to write down the truth....the fact that life with our son, adopted as a baby from Guatemala 10 years ago, had become so disregulated that it became necessary to send him to a residential therapeutic treatment...

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