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Photographing the Journey: Pictures in Storytelling

Sometimes, words fail us. And unfortunately, sometimes they fail when we need them most: to explain the pain or suffering, or exalt in joy. To convey a tenderness or a fragility, a vulnerability or power. Sometimes words, as wonderful as they can be—soothing or life-affirming or hilarious or kind—are fraught with baggage, tone, motives. Or our mental thesaurus goes missing […]

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A Story that Started Right Here: Journaling About Cancer

Writing is something I have always enjoyed (well, with the exception of required research papers.) But a busy lifestyle as a teacher and mother hadn’t allowed time for much more than an annual holiday letter these past years. Being on a medical leave during my breast cancer treatment brought my fingers to the keyboard, though. The intention was to share […]

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Writing: A Process of Healing

It was eleven o’clock at night, everyone else was in bed, the only sound was the steady ticking of the oversized pendulum clock that hung on the wall just over my shoulder. I’d just hit “send” on a mass email I’d spent a couple of hours putting together to update as many people as I could think of with the […]

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Adjusting to Autism: When Your Normal Isn’t Other People’s Normal

In honor of autism awareness month, we wanted to share some of our staff’s personal experiences with their children’s lives with autism. In this post, Darla shares how her son, David, was diagnosed with autism and the impact on which it has had in their lives. “…they say special needs start at birth, but it didn’t happen that way for […]

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