Asperger’s Syndrome Disorder: Parenting Secrets Revealed

Wanna know a secret? Asperger's Syndrome Disorder was never a topic I wanted to write about. Until my son graduated from high school and started working. That's when I discovered that what's in place for young adults on the autism spectrum transitioning out of  high school into the work place kinda really sucks. That pissed me off. I'd been parenting for almost 30 years. Part of me wanted to stop. Part of me knew that just as my son was transitioning into a new space, I'd have to … [Read more...]

Loss: Words Without End

"Cloudy sky over Canandaigua Lake"

Prayer of St. Francis Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and … [Read more...]

A Rescue Dog’s Story Begins With You.

"terrier mix black dog laying in the sun"

"...when you look at a rescue dog for the first time, don't focus on the story of his or her past. Focus on the most important chapter. The chapter that begins with you."  - Lulu's Rescue blog This is Tessa and, no, she didn't (physically) come from Lulu's Rescue, although if we make a literal assumption - that Tessa represents "every rescue," at least for the length of this post, then, metaphorically symbolically, she could have come from Lulu. The chapter of Tessa's life that begins with … [Read more...]

Sampson: More Than a Dog Show

"Sampson Dog Show Romulus New York"

Busy weekend with Saturday's road trip to Sampson State Park where, during the last weekend in September, everything literally goes to the dogs.  I don't know the history of this 4-day dog show, but, my experience as a spectator began almost 20 years ago. There were years when I attended all four days, arriving early in the morning and staying until well after 5PM. It was manna from heaven - an endless conversation about dogs. And, it was but one stop on the dog show circuit that stretches … [Read more...]