What I’m really trying to say…. As I pondered this prompt (Thanks Mardra!) and thought about what type of information I’ve been putting out in the universe lately, I had to pause. For those who don’t know me, (and maybe to some who do) my writing may appear to lean toward the negative. Am I […]Read More Be the Change You Wish to See
From the Archive: Originally posted 9/3/13 I want to take a moment and recognize the Dads out there who have been vocal and passionate about #JusticeForEthan. Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a Dad. Before anyone complains, I realize that this post may appear […]Read More A BIG ShoutOut to “The Dads” – #JusticeForEthan
From the archive: Originally posted 4/29/13 A thought that’s been weighing heavily on my mind lately is one that’s not going to be popular. It seems to go against things that are important to me and many others. But, if I’m going to be true to myself and to Josh, I have to say it. […]Read More My Son Is Different – And That’s OK!
We Will Not Forget I haven’t written about Ethan in a while, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still think about him every day. My life is forever changed by the events of January 12, 2013 and at the NDSC conference I got to meet families from all over the country who feel the […]Read More 2 Cent Tuesday – Ethan’s Legacy Continues
Have you been following the news out of New Jersey? I have, partly because I was born there (Camden, to be exact but we didn’t stay long), but mostly because of the possible implications of what’s happening. We all know that law suits and state legislation can end up setting a precedent that everyone has […]Read More 2 Cent Tuesday – What’s Happening in New Jersey?
This blog was originally posted on 3/28/13. I admit, I was very hopeful when I heard about the now famous meeting between the Ds advocates and the DOJ. My first concern was about whether Ethan’s family would be represented. Luckily, they were. In the word of the great book, there can be “Nothing About Us […]Read More ‘Meeting’ the Needs of a Community – From the Archive
One of this week’s top stories has been about Jeremy Meeks. If you happened to miss his name, he’s the guy whose dreamy blue eyes convinced women to make his mug shot go viral. Thousands were so enthralled with his looks that the facts behind his arrest didn’t seem to matter. While I’ll admit, he’s got […]Read More 2 Cent Tuesday – Why Do We Give?
This post was originally written for a blog hop to celebrate March 21st 2013 – what we call 321 Day in honor of Trisomy 21. According to YourDictionary.com, the definition of an advocate is: someone who fights for something or someone, especially someone who fights for the rights of others. When my son was born, […]Read More Defining, and re-defining Advocate – From the archives
This week, my Twitter feed was loaded with photos and comments on the 2014 USA Special Olympics games. We raise the Special Olympics flag for everyone who dares to dream, all the world to see #2014USAGames @SONYinfo pic.twitter.com/DOqJ5QKYkA — Onolee Stephan (@onolee_s) June 15, 2014 It got me thinking about how there are two […]Read More 2 Cent Tuesday – Special Olympics
We all juggle. We juggle therapy, homework, play dates, jobs, money… the list goes on and on. These guys took their talent and turned it into a way to earn money and give back. Check them out! Add flying objects! I have a hard time telling who is playing the bells I’m so busy […]Read More Juggling Anyone? – Just for Fun Fridays