Monthly Archives: July 2014

Springboard for Post: The Special in Special Needs

According to an online etymology dictionary, the first recorded use of the word “special” in English was around 1200 and meant “better than ordinary” from Old French, especial, “particular, unusual.” Around one hundred year later, it seems folks used it … Continue reading

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Springboard for Post: Acknowledging the Bright Moments

Today at lunchtime, Holden walked into the kitchen and sat down in the chair across from me: “So, Mom, I’ve been doing some thinking,” he said. “Really, Holden? What have you been thinking about?” I asked. He looked at me, … Continue reading

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Springboard for post: degrees of change

I wrote this poem two days ago–revised it a bit. Mostly to condense it down and work with line breaks. I know that literary journals won’t often publish poems that have been published online first (even self-published for that matter) … Continue reading

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Springboard for Post: Comebacks

I remember talking to Tomkin Coleman from Pawsitivity Service Dogs (http://pawsitivityservicedogs.com) for the first time on the phone last September. He told me that Holden’s application for an assistance dog had been approved, and we were chatting about Holden’s challenges—and … Continue reading

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Springboard for post: irony

In accordance with my promise for “the raw”–here’s the first draft of a new poem: The Names of Things The woman named her child Holden not because of the book character not because of the soap opera character but because … Continue reading

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