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A Midnight Summer’s Dream Come True

posted Tuesday May 2nd, 2017

The reviews are in for this morning’s eighth grade production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” or, as Sophie kept calling it all semester, “A Midnight Summer’s Dream.” The production was nothing fancy, held in the library of the public middle school Sophie attends, during first hour drama class. Costumes were makeshift, sets pretty much didn’t […]


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Sophie at The Plaza

posted Tuesday March 28th, 2017

    I swear the guy smelled her coming. We had barely set foot in the lobby of The Plaza when he swept up, a slight young man in a dark suit, holding out a small bag of jelly beans. “Would you like these?” he asked Sophie in his best concierge voice. She took the bag […]


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What I Learned at Career Day

posted Tuesday February 14th, 2017

For the first two years, Ray repped the family at middle school Career Day, talking about life as a journalist. It was a good thing. Really, what would you rather hear about — the time Ray volunteered to be Tased at the hands of the Mesa Police Department or the last dozen “now open” restaurant stories I […]


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Sophie and Algernon

posted Thursday February 2nd, 2017

  I got an earful from the social studies teacher today at parent/teacher conferences. Apparently Sophie has had a crush on House Speaker Paul Ryan since the fall, which causes her great consternation as she tries to juggle his appearance (good) with his politics (bad), I was told. Today, when the social studies teacher announced […]


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  I will admit that I was kind of meh on the whole pussy hat thing, but as soon as a post about the brain hat popped up on Facebook I was all over Etsy, looking for someone to make me three. One for me, one for my daughter, Annabelle, and one for my other […]


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Transitions

posted Friday January 27th, 2017

We talk all the time about how tough transitions are for kids with special needs. Hard on all kids, to be sure, but particularly tough when your kid’s brain is hard-wired at the cellular level to refuse to budge when requested. Thanks a fucking lot, extra 21st chromosome. But how about how tough transitions are on […]


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Nobody Puts Sophie in the Cupboard

posted Monday January 9th, 2017

I sobbed my way through three performances of Beauty and the Beast this weekend. “WHO ARE YOU?” my friend Trish asked as I wiped away tears yesterday afternoon. The curtain hadn’t even gone up yet. “I don’t know,” I said, sniffling loudly then flipping her off to confirm I’m still me, still the asshole she’s always […]


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All I Want for Christmas

posted Saturday December 24th, 2016

  Sophie is terrified of Santa Claus. Either that, or she’s completely full of shit. We’re less than a day out from Christmas, and I’m no closer to knowing the truth than I was the day after Thanksgiving. Yesterday we drove around visiting friends — exchanging gifts, admiring trees, sipping festive beverages — and Sophie […]


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Let’s Stick a Fork in the Term Mental Retardation

posted Friday December 16th, 2016

  The other day I took Annabelle, Sophie’s big sister, to a doctor appointment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The doctor recommended a flu shot and, glancing at the consent form, I noticed the term “mental retardation.” In 2016. Look, I get that in the scheme of things this is not a big deal. Frankly, I’d rather […]


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  Dear administrators, teachers, and staff: Before I say anything else, thank you. Thank you for creating an incredible environment for my daughter. Two and a half years ago, I sat in the audience at Sophie’s fifth grade graduation and sobbed, convinced her education (both academic and social) had come to a halt, that we’d […]


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