Month: June 2018

Book Babe: I’m Baaa-aack

Listen, you guys. Here’s the thing. Books are my sanity. They just are and ever will be. I’ve realized (and embraced) this, particularly as I live in and consider our social media-saturated culture. When I am in the thick of a book, I am less restless, and more curious. I am actively participating in a story, rather than blandly consuming…

Rocks Into Gold

Once a week this summer I get to hang out and play with my cousin’s three little kids. It’s super fun for my two younger boys, and for me. I have an excuse to do things like make chocolate chip cookies at 9:30 in the morning, watch The Muppets (is there a better musical number than Life’s a Happy Song?),…

What’s Happening With Jacky

Allow me to update you on Jack and his felony assault charges. After meeting with the probation officer and communicating with the public defender, we provided both people with Jack’s treatment plan as outlined by his caregivers, with a psychological evaluation done by the state a few years ago, and with a letter from his psychiatrist. The probation officer and…

The Myth of Being in Control

Is it possible to truly be in control of one’s life? This is the fundamental question asked by two books–memoirs–I’ve recently inhaled. Of course, the short answer (according to me) is that it’s an illusion to think that life is controllable. But it is easy, when things are going swimmingly, to get caught up in the idea that we are…

Vast Purpose

This week, Jeff and I met with a probation officer in the county juvenile court system. This is in response to a court summons and a list of charges, including felony assault, brought against Jack by the special-needs school in the small town where he lived last year. Why did a school whose purpose is to educate students with disabilities,…