Teachers’ day off: A North Bay retreat

I went home feeling both relaxed and rejuvenated at the same time. I think a healthy dose of the outdoors does that to you and hold tight to my beliefs that God created our environment as a natural treatment of man-made stress.
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The Handbook for the Recently Diagnosed with Autism: (Spoiler Alert: There is None)

I’m beginning to understand that Frank will require more intensive care than his brothers and sister. But what would be required of me in my new role? The first step for me is to figure out what he needs and how to get it to him.
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Autism: The next doorway — Pt. 2

Frank has ASD. Also some incredible gifts and some intense challenges. And he probably won’t grow out of it.
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Autism: The new doorway — Pt. 1

Today my son was diagnosed with autism – or ASD. I wasn’t terribly surprised. If anything, I was relieved.
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A Moving Story, Part 3: Moving Day

Robyn Barberry continues her "moving saga" in part three of her blog series.
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A Moving Story, Part 2: Packing Party

As I adjusted to life with the few necessities that would prepare our food, I kind of liked the simplicity of having less.
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A Moving Story, Part 1: The Sign

Sometimes when God gives us a sign, it is literally a sign. At least that’s what happened to us.
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The Hunger

I realized that I needed the comfort of my Lord and Savior more than I needed pancakes to provide sustenance for my journey home.
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Lament of the fidget spinner

This is a response to Rita Buettner’s blog post singing the praises of fidget spinners. Though I’m a huge fan of Rita AND her poem, I can’t stand fidget spinners. Although they are not a problem in my art classes at St. Joan of Arc School, I can’t imagine trying to teach with a whole...
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Communion Prep with YouTube

Even though we’d been preparing for months, Collin was nervous about receiving his First Holy Communion. I would pretend to be the sacristan in front of the kitchen counter, administering unconsecrated Triscuits and water from a Waterford goblet. Time after time he’d forget something when he approached the “altar.” Hands folded in prayer, a bow,...
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First Communion Prep with Pope Francis

There is so much joy to be found in these 40 beautifully illustrated pages.
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Please don’t fine my homeless neighbors

I live in a small city outside of Baltimore called Aberdeen. It’s a modest town, born of the canning industry and railroad, where most people work hard to live peaceful lives in little neighborhoods. Unfortunately, just under two hundred of our neighbors are unable to afford homes for a variety
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