Nobody expected to start a new year, much less a new decade, with a pandemic. But here we are, months later, still adjusting and reacting to a global health crisis no one could have ever anticipated or imagined. COVID-19. Social distancing. Wearing gloves and masks. Hand washing for 20 seconds. These are some of the

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One wouldn’t think you need superior negotiating skills to plan a family vacation, but that’s the case when dealing with my husband. I suggest beautiful vacation destinations, with hotels that offer childcare services, only to hear “No way!” And why is that? Because Lorenzo, our non-verbal, young adult son has autism and according to Tony,

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The other day, I was reading a People Magazine article about actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her battle with breast cancer. Fortunately, she’s in recovery and getting back to her normal life. But what struck me most about her article were these comments: “I can’t say it’s a club I ever really wanted to be a

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It’s the end of the evening and you’re packing your child’s book bag for the next school day, when you notice a medium-sized piece of red construction paper at the bottom of the bag.  As you reach down and pull the paper out, a smile crosses your face because of what you find—a little, heart-shaped

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“Maria and Toni are going to be so surprised when they come over. I can’t wait to see the expression on their faces when I tell them the truth.” They think we’re having a barbeque in my backyard but it’s not true. In reality, I’m treating them to a special lunch at our favorite Italian

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Happy Father’s Day! I’m writing this letter to let you know how much I appreciate you and the important role you play in my life. There’s no greeting card that could possibly tell you how much you mean to me. Fathering a special needs child requires inner strength, patience and extraordinary love for one’s son

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The party goods, decorations and refreshments are in the basement.  The customized cake has been ordered.  The invitations for your special needs child’s high school graduation party are in the mail.  And in a few weeks, family and friends will join you to celebrate this wonderful and joyous occasion. Now there’s only one thing left

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Remember your first few Valentine’s days with your spouse? Maybe you went on a special date, got each other gifts, or did something wild and crazy. Maybe you just sat together and shared quality time. [thrive_leads id=’26488′] Now add the years.  Add the kid(s) you’ve had, the bills you’ve gained, the pets and the house.

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