birth day/week/years…on staying present

V turns 19 today, Sunday, February 9th. A birthday is a wonderful thing to celebrate . What could be better than appreciating the anniversary of someone’s time being alive and among us? Especially when you’re younger or older, birthdays get a lot of attention. In the middle somehow we focus more on the ones endingContinue reading “birth day/week/years…on staying present”

We work. And eat cookies (recipe included).

V Is having some small (but for him huge) success with job sampling. He’s started doing some woodworking; helping out in the school office; working one day at the horse farm where he used to do therapeutic riding; and as of this week, a morning with maintenance staff at a hotel. He’s also continuing withContinue reading “We work. And eat cookies (recipe included).”

A Wabi Sabi Christmas

Wabi: the beauty of humble simplicity, and sabi, the passing of time and subsequent deterioration: everything grows and decays. In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi (侘寂) is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Originating in Taoism in China before being passed onto Zen Buddhism, its current meaning embraces impermanence and melancholy.Continue reading “A Wabi Sabi Christmas”

a different kind of genius (12/24/09!)

I’m starting out with an old favorite – hard to believe it’s been 10 years since I wrote and lived this. I think it gives a good overview of some of the challenges we face, and how easily we underestimate those who are different from us. Much has changed: we’re all older, obviously. The grrrrlsContinue reading “a different kind of genius (12/24/09!)”