Meeting the women who held vigil for me

Meeting the women who held vigil for me

It’s Wednesday here in New Zealand. In 10 sleeps I will be getting on a plane at an ungodly early hour of the morning and flying to Minneapolis, Minnesota to stay with the first mama from my facebook mama’s group.  Not long after Eva died, the group, which is a… Read more

The kids are alright

The kids are alright

I really love my job. It’s not always an easy job. Teaching is hard. More often than not I come home exhausted. I go to bed ridiculously early and wake up with a groan as I drag myself out of bed. Some days I don’t love it. I don’t love… Read more

That old chestnut 

I was reading a special needs mothers’ facebook page today and had to catch my breath for a minute. There was a comment on there  in reaction to a blog post that I felt so strongly about. It wasn’t ableist, or offensive. It didn’t use language that offends in the… Read more

Close Encounters of the Ableist Kind – Heather Kirn Lanier

It was 3 pm but it felt like 4 pm, and we live in Vermont, so the low-hanging sun made it look like 5 pm. Fiona, Petra, and I cast long shadows on the ground. My shadow was in the middle, holding Fiona’s hand on my left and Petra’s hand… Read more

Episode 03: The call is recorded – what an honour

Episode 03: The call is recorded – what an honour

This morning I talked with Natalie Roberts about her journey with her daughter Chiara and her husband Mauro and their older daughter, Grace. I have followed Natalie’s blog Chiara’s Journey. You can read more about them through their facebook page as well.  Chiara’s journey started as a simple treatment for… Read more

No right way to grieve

No right way to grieve

Grief does funny things to almost every other emotion. It heightens some. Happiness feels bigger, brighter. Beautiful sights seem to radiate that beauty instead of merely being. Your favourite song warms you from the inside out. Rain on the roof makes you close your eyes in enjoyment. Sadness is deeper,… Read more

I thought I was the only one

Today I got this message from a woman in a special needs group: “Just listened. This podcast shook me to my core and brought me right back to 9 years ago. Please send a message to Cassie, thanking her for her honesty. Everything she said I felt, I thought I… Read more