Friday, December 26, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My awesome, awesome kids




I couldn't be luckier.

They are 13 years old, and the joy of my life.

I miss Dylan every single day of my life, and my biggest regret is that I don't have 2 clones who could have helped to make him and his sisters safe at home.

Rachel is most likely the most intelligent person I will ever meet in my life- all of her test scores, workers and teachers and friends agree on that. Life with her is never, ever boring.

Kirsten is now 3 year post-cancer, and doing awesomely. 4 years ago on Boxing Day we had to shave her head because her hair was starting to fall out...damn, she's come a long way since then. Her automatic openness and empathy to people who are "different" from her always put me to shame. I do it from conviction and theory desire, she does it without even thinking of it.

Yes, they're all autistic, and yes, it's difficult for all of us a lot of the time. But we manage to muddle through, and still love each other, and contribute to the world around us, and bring joy to some of the people that we meet (I think that the joy part is inspired by them, not me!) With the help of an absolutely amazing husband, my kids make my life blessed.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

This American Life

This American Life

This week's episode:

370: Ruining It for the Rest of Us

"When they decided not to vaccinate their son against measles, two San Diego parents thought they were making the best decision for their child. But when the 7-year-old came home from an overseas trip suffering from the disease (pictured at left: measles virus), his family’s personal decision became a whole community’s problem. The resulting outbreak infected 11 children and endangered many others. This and other stories about what happens when people's actions and choices infringe on those around them. Including the disquieting truth about Amtrak’s Quiet Car.

If you listen to podcasts at all, you probably already know that This American Life is one of the best around. I'm looking forward to listening to this one.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

What Child is This and Hava Nagila

YouTube - Jingle Cats What Child is This

I'll never cease to be amazed at what you can find online.

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The year 2008 in photographs (part 1 of 3) - The Big Picture -

The year 2008 in photographs (part 1 of 3) - The Big Picture -

"Swiss pilot Yves Rossy, the world's first man to fly with a jet-powered fixed-wing apparatus strapped to his back, flies during his first official demonstration, on May 14, 2008 above Bex, Switzerland. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images) #"

I'm terrified of heights and flying, but I still think that he must be feeling pretty amazing.

Awesome pictures- well worth looking through.

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