November 2012

Autism and iPads slideshow: Inspiring young people to make a difference

This Wednesday my young son’s school will be holding a jog-a-thon fundraiser, with 25% of proceeds going towards the purchase of iPads for children with autism. As the head of the parent organization that’s spearheading the fundraiser, I wanted to reach out to the kids at this tiny private school in the heart of Orange [...]

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Elmo Puppeteer Leaves Sesame Street: “A” is for Allegedly Having Sex with a Minor

Kevin Clash, the famous voice behind Sesame Street’s Elmo, America’s favorite furry red monster, has taken a leave of absence from his puppeteer duties effective immediately after allegations he had an intimate relationship several years ago with a then 16-year-old-boy continue to plague him. If the allegations are true – which Clash vehemently denies – [...]

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In Honor of Veterans Day: The Veteran I Almost Knew

I was just a child when I first noticed him, marching up and down my city streets,  saluting cars as they drove by. Sometimes he wore a black suit, dark sunglasses. Usually though, he wore his uniform, pressed to perfection, and I could see the creases from the corner of my eye. His breast was [...]

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Going Viral Can Be Good or Bad, Depending Who You Talk To

Trying to explain to my Polish mother that my recent blog post – Presidential Election: “A Sad and Tragic Day for Our Nation” – has gone viral has been a bit challenging to say the least: “Mama, you know that post I wrote the day after the elections? The one about counting our blessings because [...]

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Presidential Election: “Sad and Tragic Day for Our Nation”

After hearing that President Barack Obama had just been reelected to a second four-year-term as our nation’s president I turned to my laptop and watched as Facebook suddenly became a blur of emotions, with months of political discourse coming to a head and clashing in a sea of  insults and joyous celebration. For perspective, I [...]

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High School Hero Helps Protect Special Needs Girl from Bullies

Carson Jones is a senior at Queen Creek High School in Arizona. He’s got good looks. Lots of friends And he’s the star quarterback of his undefeated football team. Chy Johnson is a freshman at the same high school. She has special needs. She’s spent the greater part of her life as a flashing target [...]

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All Treat, No Tricks for Our Non-verbal Son this Year

Ten years old. And finally, tonight, he was able to independently say “Trick-or-Treat,” thanks to his iPad and Proloquo2Go. We practiced last weekend during a Halloween event at a local zoo and he caught on quickly. The best part – other than seeing the delight on his face once he realized he was able to [...]

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