Good Dog (or not) – The Importance of Environment

Sitting here on a sun dappled morning looking out over green hills and children and horses playing in the arena – I take a deep breath of gratitude for where and when I live. At my feet is our 13 year old hound mix Tucker.  He’s as devoted a dog as I’ve ever known in my Read More …

Hero Worship

Our favorite stories are  the ones where someone was thought  useless, used up, not worthy and somehow, through trials, they proved themselves heroic. King Arthur, the smallish adopted son, was called Wart – rose to be King. Luke Skywalker, born poor on a desert planet leads the Resistance. These are the heroes we adore. A Read More …

Does It Work?

Ironically, I was asked by an autism dad – a really thoughtful and kind autism dad “Does it work? Can you prove it?” It’s a fair question – especially as a non-profit soliciting for donations and support. People have limited resources and they want to support programs with proof of real results. I talked about Read More …

The Antidote to Bad News

What if I told you that every one of us has the knowledge, the training, the skills and the opportunity to relieve the world’s most crippling affliction? This terrible condition is 100% treatable and reversible.  It won’t require insurance coverage, legislation, staff meetings, specialists or any equipment. You think I’m lying or exaggerating. My argument isn’t supported Read More …

A Very Personal History – And a Chance to Make Change

In 1984 I became a mom.  I was still in high school.  My son Greg was born 9 weeks early and weighed 3 and a half pounds. While he grew in an incubator in the hospital, I finished both high school and my first quarter of college. My son’s learning difficulty started early.  He had Read More …

Beautiful, Rowdy Prisoners

…..Peace and kindness are contagious but must be cultivated. This week, I pushed a student past her limit and she hit an anxiety wall. It wasn’t the end of the world.  This student is unusually forgiving.  Mom was pleased  I’d had the temerity to push her daughter past her comfort zone.  The daughter was able Read More …

Strong Women Aren’t Always Human

When a horse at the ranch dies, It’s my job to help  kids come to grips with the circle of life.  I carefully consider the age and emotional state of each person when I break the news to them. It’s a tricky dance navigating each family’s culture regarding death. This time was different. This time, I did what Read More …