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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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  • Open Blog Hop

    [Translate] Let’s call the Summer Series Over – I think everyone feels too much of a challenge to follow the prompts and besides…summer really is over, isn’t it? Let’s just have an open blog hop this weekend/week, what do you say? Just share the best of what we wrote this past week, read each other’s […]

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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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  • Disability Blog Hop: What I Will Fight For

    [Translate] This week the OPTIONAL prompt is: What I Will Fight For Like always, you can post a link to your blog post about your visit with Grandma Fifi, your new Instagram feed or whatever else floats your boat (PG and within reason!). Or take an older post and re-purpose it. Before I forget:  THE BOOK I’m […]

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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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  • Blog Hop!

    [Translate] Hey! Go ahead and drop a link below to a post you wrote this week and want to share – or follow the optional prompt in challenging yourself to write or present something in a new way (that is, a post in which you do something you don’t usually – be it, vlog, draw, […]

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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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  • Waldorf, Roadschooling & The Best School Ever

    [Translate] The Best School Ever is exactly that because of their flexible approach to education and inclusivity. Let me explain that a little bit. You see, everywhere up until we went there, we met a lot of distance with Moxie. I’m deaf; I see a lot. I saw the way that people’s eyes shuttered with […]

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  • A Golden Moment: Moxie in the Meadow

    [Translate] She is as naked as the day she was born, running through the small meadow, the tall grass swaying in the wind around her. Her hair catches the evening light and a halo is born. She is a small girl, clearly loving the feel of her body, her skin, her world – she twirls […]

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