Month: February 2014

True & Absurd

I’m in the middle of a very smart crime novel which contains this line: “Most things are both true and absurd.” (Norwegian by Night, Derek B. Miller) Do you agree? Discuss. I think that most of life feels very solidly real, even when one wishes it weren’t quite so solid. And I agree that it can be truly ridiculous at…

What NOT to Say to Special-Needs Parents

In the spirit of full disclosure, this post gets a little angry. It’s pretty heavy on the snark too.  You have either decided to stop reading now, or you are curiously waiting for the rant to begin. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I often leave conversations with other special-needs parents with a bunch of new stories about weird/unfortunate/insensitive things…

"It Folds Up Into a Spear"

Jack’s bedroom has become a wasteland. It’s the tundra of our home, at the top of the house, with nothing there except a mattress. And the Jack Cam taking it all in. There is no bed in his room because Jack has taken to using his bed frame as a battering ram. When he gets mad, he slams it into…

Dinner Time Without Footmen

A Rare Jewel: Eating Together The past two Sunday evenings, we have seen the miracle of the entire family sitting at the table to eat dinner together. It’s something that practically never happens here, not because we don’t believe in family meals together or because we don’t eat home-cooked food. We are believers in dinner-table culture. We do cook at…

No Comment

Whenever I read the comments attached to one of my articles, I think to myself “Stop reading the comments attached to your article, dummy!” Also, “You know this won’t end well sister.” And I would be wise to listen to my inner warning bell. But I pretty much always read the comments anyway. I read them because, like several of…

Extremes

Best quote I encountered this week: “Boredom is what happens to people who have no control over their minds.”  (Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead) Most satisfying recent conversation: Explaining to our bishop about Jack’s disastrous church behavior and having him just get it.Tastiest part of Valentine’s Day: Vast quantities of Reese’s chocolate and peanut butter hearts, unequivocally. Unintentionally funniest kid…

What Motivates Us To Begin?

“Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.” Alain de Botton I found this quote yesterday in an Atlantic article. Apparently Monsieur de Botton knows a thing or two about writing, procrastination, and the psychology of genius vs. work and failure as key components of creativity. He nailed it. The blank page…

Jack Speaks

Last week Jack’s daily note from Ms. Sue described the following situation from school during which Jack uttered a complete sentence: During Smartboard time, Jack said, “Kayla?” (the name of one of the classroom aides)Kayla said, “What?” Jack replied (clear as day), “I’ll kick you.”Kayla asked, “Do you need a break?”Jack responded by picking up his card that says “I need…

Whineypants Snaps Out of It

When I walked downstairs this morning, I spied a pearly sky with wispy layers of pink clouds hovering above Mount Timpanogos. It was an auspicious start to a Tuesday that bloomed with blue skies (at least for a few hours) and temps in the low 40’s. That was the first lovely thing. The second lovely thing was a link that…