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barry-eva's picture
Feb.06.2014
Today’s guest on a Book and a Chat is Joan Heartwell who under another name is the award winning author of several novels; she is also a freelance writer and editor. She has now produced a “Hamster Island” a memoir in which she chronicles, her unremarkable life as a member of a very poor,...
bretigne-shaffer's picture
Sep.10.2013
  As a parent of a child who has had seizures, it enrages me that there is a gang of people who believe they have the right to deprive other people of potential treatments for their children's debilitating afflictions. It has always made me angry that this gang believes it can dictate to...
bretigne-shaffer's picture
Aug.15.2013
I went to observe a special-needs exercise class today. I’m working on setting up some special-needs classes for children in our area, and I wanted to get an idea of what was already out there. This was a class for adults, and they started out seated in chairs in a circle. A large Hispanic man...
bretigne-shaffer's picture
Aug.13.2013
There was a time when children like my daughter were routinely sent away to live in institutions. To say that they were "cared for" is a gross distortion. They were warehoused until they died, often abused: physically, psychologically and even sexually, and subjected to some barbaric forms of "...
bretigne-shaffer's picture
Aug.01.2013
  There's a poster up at the front of the room with a cartoon mouse painting at an easel, and the words "Express Yourself!"  But every time the little boy in glasses starts to ask questions that stray too far from where the teacher is taking the class, his "aide" shushes him.  It's...
bretigne-shaffer's picture
Feb.22.2013
  I've been following the campaign on Indiegogo for "Itty Bitty Bella", a little girl with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI, or Brittle Bone Disease) who needs money for the medical treatments that can help her to stop breaking bones and hopefully help her to be able to...
bretigne-shaffer's picture
Jan.17.2013
  This is the video I put together in honor of Daniel Rafferty, who died on January 10 at the age of seven.  Daniel had the same chromosomal anomaly our daughter has: IDIC(15), which can cause developmental and physical problems.  On Valentine's Day, members of Daniel'...
jim-defilippi's picture
Nov.30.2010
When Gina Misiroglu of Red Room let me know that AOL was looking for essays by writers who have had “spectacular jobs” on the side, I had to think about it.  My writing (JimDeFilippi.com) and my e-book publishing (BrownFedoraBooks.com) take up most of my time, but like most writers (and actors and...
mona-hartzell's picture
Sep.27.2010
  Well, it's been just a bit more than a month since I last posted anything here. That speaks of one very busy month. I am a high energy woman, rarely bored, who has created a large extended family of my own, five children, and in October of this year I'll have four grandchildren, as my second...
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Jul.14.2010
What I do know Yesterday was a long, long day--one of those days when there is so much packed into it that you can't believe all of it happened in one day, instead of in two. There was work, and a doctor's appointment, and birthday-party-related errand-running, and too much driving in between. The...