STARRY NIGHT PROM 2017

This kid right here? He's having a blast, dancing his heart out at the Starry Night Prom last year. 2017 will mark our TENTH ANNUAL STARRY NIGHT PROM! Can you believe we've been doing this for an entire decade? We decided to celebrate that fact by throwing an even better prom this year than we…

6 Days Left

These are STARRY NIGHT PROM goodie bags from our 2015 prom. These customized backpacks were donated to us by the Elks Lodge #2114 in Arlington, Texas. We stuffed them full of swag for each of our attendees;¬†AISD High School students with significant disabilities. The swag included a customized Starry Night Prom 20-ounce cup, pens, pencils,…

Starry Night Prom Fundraiser in Progress

So, what's it been? About 12 minutes since I wrote about Starry Night Prom? I can't help it. These kids are so stinkin' precious and seeing them celebrating their prom in a safe and accepting environment is just a truly moving experience. We are currently in the middle of a Facebook fundraising drive. What's awesome…

THIS IS ONLY A TEST!

Like most of the "popular vote," our family mourned the election results on November 9, 2016. My 11 year old niece was in tears, asking my sister, "But how could HE be elected? He's mean. How could America elect a bully to be our next President?" Indeed. She wasn't the only kid to react this…

It’s NOT a Tantrum

Walking through a supermarket, the severely Autistic person wears gun-range headphones to help block excess noise to protect her highly sensitive hearing from the overwhelming barrage of clanking, banging, muzak, baby cries, squeaky buggy wheels and blips and bloops from cash registers. A woman getting over a cold coughs into her elbow, and the Autistic…

Now That I Can Breathe Without Tears

This was my post on Facebook the day following the tragic and brutal assassination of five police officers just 20 miles east of me in Dallas. I thought I would share it here and then expand: "I spent the better part of last night with my ear glued to the radio. I feel like a…

Appreciation for Those Who Tolerate

The list of people in my life (or who, more accurately WERE in my life) who hurt me and my family by using hateful remarks, posting misinformation and bigoted memes on social media, or worse, forward those same "helpful" gems to me and my husband via email, is a ridiculously long list. And the volume…

Being Used

I have a "friend" who only calls when she needs something. She never calls to just say hello or to check up on me or the family. I have known her for about a year and a half. I offered to help her fill out some paperwork for immigration because her English is not very…

STAAR Testing as Seen by a Teenager

He sighs heavily and shoves the books and papers forward across the table as he drops his head in their place, arms outstretched. "I'm never going to pass this stupid test!" His mother puts the lid back on the pot and wipes her hands on a tea towel. "Sure, you will," she says encouragingly. "You're…