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Archive for November, 2012

An interview with Jenny Lee Sulpizio about my life as a Writer Mama

An interview with Jenny Lee Sulpizio about my life as a Writer Mama Have you ever wondered how I got into writing, or how I find time to write in the midst of therapy, doctor visits, school homework, kids freaking out daily over every little thing. OK, deep breaths. Today I am over at Jenny Lee Sulpizio’s website talking about juggling life as a mother and as a writer. Here’s a little bit: Realize that to write, at some point you will have to put…

A father stands up for his daughter with special needs at school through cans of food

                  A father stands up for his daughter with special needs at school through cans of food Chad Rogers, a caring father to Emily who happens to have special needs, recently got fed up that she and her friends seemed to be left out of the food drive at her school. The school told the children about the food drive over a loud-speaker, but for kids like Emily and others who have special needs, that information was…

Thankful for special needs adoption

Thankful for special needs adoption (In the midst of all my other writing projects, I’ve been writing down snapshots from Evangeline’s adoption in Ukraine :). Plus, November is Adoption awareness month, which got me to thinking …) In 2009, my husband Sergei, our older daughters Elaina and Zoya, and I all travelled to Ukraine to adopt a little girl we were to name Evangeline, who happened to have Down syndrome like our youngest daughter Polly. Our special needs adoption from Ukraine was a bit different…

A little fiction for your weekend enjoyment

A little fiction for your weekend enjoyment I dabble in fiction, although I am mostly a non-fiction writer. Here’s a piece I wrote a couple years ago about a family dealing with a new diagnosis. It was published in a small journal on-line, but I don’t think it exists any longer. Malcolm “Are we there yet?” “Lucy! You have to wait five minutes before asking again,” Chris said. My husband choked up on the steering wheel and leaned in towards the dashboard. We had been…

Yeah, so, um…

Yeah, so, um… I don’t have any great epiphanies or spiritual truths or big announcements or life lessons to share today. So, usually before my decision to write raw on the blog, I wouldn’t post anything. I’d wait for inspiration, or for so many days that I’d have to post something, and then spend time crafting something acceptable enough for a writer to put on her blog. But I just don’t have the inspiration or the brain power or the energy. So here’s my quick…