Some Christmas Sweets

Like a lot of parents, Christmas mornings every other year mean the absence of feet running down the stairs and squeals of delight when the presents are spied.

Santa has never once been seen in our house on Christmas morning, but he does get to take it easy in those alternate years. He can make a lot of other rounds before circling back to come to us. Continue reading

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Dissent and Autistic Communities

Early on in my career as a fundraiser, I heard about this amazing management expert who thought businesses could learn a lot about managing from charities.

Peter Drucker was his name and there was always at least one slide in any presentation on fundraising way back then that had a quote from him.

The only one that ever really stuck was:

Dissent, even conflict, is necessary, indeed desirable.

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My mother’s example

Today would have been my mother’s birthday.

I don’t expect I could ever forget it, but just in case it’s in all of my online calendars and it’s in my Blackberry.

When she passed away in 2009, there had been many times in my life where it looked like the last time. I almost convinced myself in September of 2009 that despite all of the medical professionals saying it was really the end this time, they would be mistaken one last time.

My mother was a fighter. Nothing came easily for her.

Ruth on her 79th Birthday

Ruth on her 79th Birthday

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