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Honor Thy Father: Even if You Never Called Him 'Dad'

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 7:52 PM

The funeral for my 47-year-old husband Fred was on Father's Day, 14 years ago. I've written a lot about Fred and our sons, Nate, who was five at the time and has autism, and Joey, who was 10-weeks-old.

But this Father's Day story is about Jer, short for Jerry....

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Infertility, Miscarriage, Autism, Widowhood -- and other Funny Tales

(36) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 10:40 AM

Yesterday I registered my 18-year-old son Nate to vote. Nate has autism. Nate and voting were two words I never thought I'd use in the same sentence -- until I got a call from his school, The Center for Discovery. It is a school that is the stuff dreams are...

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Online Dating: Lessons Learned and Why "Love It Naughty" Has Nothing on Me

(42) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 10:43 AM

Yes, I know April is Autism Awareness month. My 18-year-old son Nate has autism. So for me, every month is Autism Awareness Month. I will continue to write and blog about autism. But right now, online dating is on my radar because I came across several emails on my old...

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Kids With Autism at a Synagogue on Purim? Not a Prayer, Right?

(24) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 11:29 AM

I celebrated the Jewish holiday Purim last week at my synagogue. And Purim, along with a host of other Jewish holidays, will never be the same for me.

Though I attend services at my synagogue regularly, it has never once occurred to me to bring along my older son,...

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Joining the Peace Corps (part 2) or, a Buddha, a Belgian Priest (and the Brothel)

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 9:08 AM

At the risk of sounding (only sometimes) about as deep as Real Housewives of New Jersey, here are my concluding memories of my Peace Corps years in Korea, in honor of this Sunday being the start of Peace Corps Week.

A few days ago a friend scanned and...

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Joining the Peace Corps (or How I Learned South Korea Was Not in the Tropics)

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 9:20 AM

I just found out that Peace Corps Week is approaching fast, as March 1 is the anniversary of the day JFK created the Peace Corps. So I'm starting early, as I could easily blog solely about my Peace Corps years and not even get to the story about the...

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A Boxing Broad's Memories Sparked by the Death of the Iconic Angelo Dundee

(3) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 1:17 PM

My brother emailed me Thursday asking if I had seen that the legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee had died. My brother reminisced how our grandpa Abe owned a diner around the corner from Dundee's renowned Fifth Street gym in the years we lived in Miami Beach. My grandpa was the...

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Military Families + Autism: A Recipe for Heartache

(10) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 8:35 AM

As the mother of a child with autism, I know first-hand the importance that routine and consistency play in helping my son learn to navigate the world. Take away routine and consistency and what do you have? Life in the military.

Military parents of kids with autism -- a...

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