May 2011

A Granddaughter’s Privilege

She is sitting in her rocking chair, in the corner of her room. Are you ready? I ask her She looks up at me, beneath heavy lids, and nods her head. I walk towards her, help her up, hand her her cane. She wants to walk hand in hand down the hallway, and so we [...]

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Dammit, Josefina!

When my grandmother had her stroke the very first day of 2008, we knew we would need additional help caring for her once she came home from the rehabilitation center, especially in the beginning, before we knew just how affected she was going to be. My mom took to her circle of friends and began [...]

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And Then, He Did Nothing. Perfectly.

It’s no secret around these parts that I’m crazy about my boys.  My mom often rolls her eyes when she sees me smothering them with unabashed love and affection.  She thinks I’m spoiling them.  I think she’s right, and I love every single one of  these sappy, eye-roll-worthy exchanges. I often tell Ian (and Andrew) [...]

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On Darkness and Dread

I try to enjoy it, but I can’t. The boys are asleep, and so is my husband, and while I should be reveling in the silence, I feel instead like climbing out of my skin. These quiet evenings, the ones that have me staying up past everyone else’s bedtime, bring anxiety and a sense of [...]

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Can I Get an Amen?!

I consider myself kind of an a la carte Catholic. It’s not always regarded as a warm and fuzzy kind of faith, but the foundation I was given as a child has helped shape me into the person I am today. As an adult, I pick and choose what I want to pass down to my [...]

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Housewarming Party!

Hi everyone! I have been MIA for a couple of weeks, though not because I don’t care about you! I’m so excited to unveil my new website, joashline.com, which is now the central hub for all things ME! Take a few minutes to look around, read some oldies but goodies, and get familiar with the [...]

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Special Needs Mamas: I Need Your Help!

I’m working on a Mother’s Day article for my column and could use your help! (what good is a blog if you can’t use if for personal gain?) Below is a questionnaire.  Copy and paste it, fill it out, and then email it to me at ashline02@sbcglobal.net Not a special needs mom?  Forward this post [...]

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