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  • Down syndrome Acceptance Month

    [Translate] October is Down syndrome Awareness Month here in the United States. I’m personally not out to promote awareness anymore, because we are there already. We are aware. We are aware that people with Down syndrome are the same as people without: deserving of equal rights, opportunities and privileges. We are aware of what features […]

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  • After the Rain

    [Translate] It rained 3 and a half inches here in the past week or so. I have a difficult time thinking of “3 and a half inches” as a lot of rain. Mikey says that if it fell on our roof (with rain catchment), it would be 1,934.21 gallons of water. So basically, it rained […]

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  • The Challenges of Being a Deaf Mother

    [Translate] I was interviewed recently for a hearing magazine and one of the questions that they asked me was, “what would you say the greatest challenge of being a deaf mother is?”. The first thing that came to mind was last week. I was sitting on the bench outside of Moxie’s class with Micah and […]

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  • rain.

    [Translate] The earth smells like it has been freshly bathed – which it has. It smells clean with a sweet aroma. The air is warm, sultry with that feeling of excitement that seems as if it is a signal of the energy that surges in nature as the seasons change. Like a car gunning its […]

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  • This Past Week

    [Translate] I’m trying something new right here, right now. I’ve uploaded a plugin directly into Adobe LightRoom and it’s posting this whole blog post from there! If it works… woooooo-eeeeeeee!!! *fingers crossed* That will make posting photos a breeze while we are on the road. Okay, so this week. A neighbor stopped by and said, […]

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  • “Wheelchair Bound”: In Pictures!

    [Translate] In recent (un) surprising news of the world, Kanye West was a total ass. He stopped a concert to have everyone standing up to dance – and by EVERYONE, he was including people with disabilities that don’t stand! Kanye West. What a winner. Well, there was not a lot in that nugget of Kanye-ness was what would […]

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  • The Book Project: An Update

    [Translate] I was completely planning on having the book that I’ve been working on out in time for Moxie’s birthday. That was May 7th. I was excited about it, you know how it is, you are strumming along, nipping and tucking your stuff, getting the images jusssssssssst right and then as my finger hovered over […]

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  • Beginning Homeschooling: Photo Essay

    [Translate] I took out my mixing bowl and added big splashes of Waldorf and Montessori. Stirred them up. I’m adding bits and pieces of other things that look interesting and fun, in preparation for Roadschooling, come October/early November when we leave. I’d be glad to write about it if you want to hear (do you? […]

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  • Horse Therapy and Down syndrome?!

    [Translate] One of the first things that we learned here was that Moxie’s pre-school teacher has a coincidental background in Special Education and practices horse therapy in her spare time. Some might call that “coincidence” but I like to call it the Universe aligning stars for our Rainbow. Cheesy, a bit? Yeah, maybe, but how […]

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  • My Mother in Law: This Week on the Lost Coast

    [Translate] I don’t have a particularly easy relationship with my mother in law. There. I said it! But I’m saying it because a) I don’t think many people have a particularly easy relationship with their mothers-in-law and b) my relationship with my mother in law seems to get easier and better with time, so there’s […]

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  • Beef and Beans: A Photo Essay

    [Translate] The annual “Beef and Beans” happens on Labor Day weekend at the Grange. Micah’s classmate’s grandma (who has lived here for a very, very long time) said it was wonderful so I knew I wanted to go. Besides, we were committed by virtue of the fact that there was going to be a school […]

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  • Pho: A Complete Recipe for Beginners

    [Translate] My mother in law is Vietnamese and is one of those people who whips up these magical meals that simply drip with deliciousness. When asked how she made it, she invariably replies something along the lines of, “it’s EEEEAAAAAAASY! I just cut that, cook that, add that and [waves hands] – done!” Well, I’ve […]

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  • Moxie Starts School!

    [Translate] Moxie started school yesterday at The Best School Ever. I have a confession to make: I don’t actually tell you the FULL TRUTH about The Best School Ever and it’s because after reading everyone’s blog posts and Facebook updates on the living hell that most schools make life for parents (- especially life for […]

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  • This Week on the Lost Coast

    [Translate] This week I suffered from severe llama-envy ..or is he an alpaca? I can’t tell the difference But I love these guys, they always look like they are cracking up over some awesome joke, don’t they? When we start living here full-time, I’d love a few llamas (or alpacas?) running around. Goats too. Goats […]

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  • Humboldt County Fair: Photo Essay!

    [Translate] We went to the Humboldt County Fair last week, just me and the kids. It was our first time and I was utterly floored with delight. It was simply wonderful, peaches and cream, awesome. Really nice people, interesting exhibits (cows!! rabbits! potato art! a flower show with local honey tasting!), nice stuff for sale […]

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  • This n’ That on the Lost Coast

    [Translate] Lost Coast culture seems to be similar to Japanese culture, which reminds me of Minnesotan culture and that’s probably a reflection of Scandanavian culture. Hey, that’s like a walk around the world! In a nutshell, people are friendly and polite and they need TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME to get to know you. And once you are in, you […]

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  • 1st Grader!

    [Translate] I just dropped Micah off at The Best School Ever. The entire school – all 50 people? – had assembled in a circle under the large oak tree. There was a round of introductions, all the kids introduced themselves, the adults too. The principle went over a couple of new things (- like, Friday […]

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  • The Two-Thirds Club

    [Translate] I was just going to dig up an older blog post for the hop this week. I mean, God knows I have a pile of posts about disability and the influence of it on my world, in the world, and so forth. But I realized I haven’t actually written anything about how my connection […]

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  • Summer Blogging Series: It Changed How I See the World

    [Translate] I got up around 5:30 this morning to get this post together, but the highly suck-tastic thing about rural Lost Coast life is that my internet access can literally depend on which way the wind is blowing. Or how foggy it is. It was a no-go clear on until now – and I don’t know […]

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  • Potty Training (with & without Down syndrome)

    [Translate] The Best School Ever said that it’s okay that Moxie isn’t potty trained, they want her (and more stuff like that that has me looking at my toes because I’m always worried I’ll start crying over their total awesomeness). But even with them saying so, I know it’s a good thing to get her […]

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