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…

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…

Moms Are Not Robots

The clean underwear on your butts and in your drawers... The groceries that are in the refrigerator and in the pantry... The vacuumed rugs, the made beds, the filled gas tanks, the sorted mail, the clean dishes and the paid up bills... NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE ACCOMPLISHED BY MAGIC. Nine times out of ten,…