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A prayer for wisdom and serenity

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The Chinese characters on my Spark background have a meaning - Serenity.

Serenity is a state of mind. Calm. Peaceful. Tranquil. Unruffled.

Well, I'm not calm. I am decidedly ruffled right now.

The people we have elected to govern our country are playing a dangerous brinksmanship game with our national economy, and it has to end.

So, here is my simple prayer.

Lord, give our elected leaders in Washington the wisdom to set aside their petty games an do their jobs.
Grant me the serenity to let go of the fear and worry their actions have put on my heart, and trust that my family will thrive, no matter the political landscape.

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HILLSLUG98239 10/8/2013 12:01PM

    A friend of mine once pointed out that we worry because it lets us feel like we're doing something about a situation we can't do anything about. I wish for you peace and faith that this storm will pass.

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You really want to be the greatest country in the world?

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Here's the thing. I believe that in a first world country, every citizen deserves a certain base level of healthcare. Not a certain basic level of health - that's up to individual choices, genetics and random chance - but a certain basic level of healthcare. Everyone should have access to a doctor's office when they feel sick, a hospital when they're injured, ongoing care for chronic conditions, immunizations against preventable diseases, and treatment for catastrophic diseases and events. The USA is supposed to be this shining beacon for the rest of the world, and yet many of our citizens are unable to afford basic health services. People won't go to the doctor because a diagnosis of cancer isn't a death sentence - it's a LIFE sentence. A lifetime of debt paying for treatments insurance refuses to cover.

You want to stop abortions? How about we cover single women's health care when they get pregnant? Guarantee they won't lose their jobs when they take time off for their child? Guarantee they can afford to pay for all those doctor's visits and the delivery? How about we give women free access to whatever birth control they choose and prevent that surprise pregnancy in the first place?

You want to see America REALLY be the land of the brave, self-made man? Tell the guy who is tired of his corporate job he can quit it and start that small business he's always dreamed of, even though his wife has a chronic condition that requires medical care. Don't tell him he has to keep his corporate insurance because her pre-existing condition prevents him from buying private insurance while he starts a new business.

The free market simply doesn't work for health care. If your child has leukemia, you can't go shop for the cheapest treatment. You don't have time to negotiate for the lowest rate on the best chemotherapy. You don't look at your health insurance lifetime limit and decide maybe your kid only needs half the treatment. You give the child what they need and you pay with your credit cards, your house - Hell, you'd sell your soul if you had to.

The Affordable Care Act isn't perfect, but at least it's something. At least it gives that young entrepreneur the chance to start a business in spite of his family's health issues. It gives that parent the breathing room to let their child get the treatment he needs without forever capping his healthcare expenses. It gives women the chance to control their own fertility choices.

But if you want to make America a true beacon of freedom and innovation to the rest of the world for the centuries to come, then let's institute a true single payer system. Let the world's largest economy negotiate with healthcare providers for the best rates. Let's prove to the world that EVERY American is worthy of a standard of care that would be the envy of every other country.

We can do it, so why don't we?

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SOOVERMYSELF 10/6/2013 4:05PM

    You hit every nail on the head! Sure feels like a lot of people don,t want it to work because they are dead set on wanting this administration to fail. Good grief the President could cure cancer and they'd blame him for putting Oncologists out of work!

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SUNSHINE65 10/6/2013 12:06AM

    Your blog is so right on!

Single payor insurance is sooo much cheaper for the country! They can leverage with providers for the bast care at the best price. But the insurance lobby is strong. Capitalism really sucks in the healthcare area.

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BRIDIE5 10/4/2013 5:11PM

  I totally agree with you. Please add mental health treatment to the list of things we need to offer to all for as long as necessary, without caps..

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SHIRLEY721 10/3/2013 7:47PM

    Good job! We should do as you say.The thing is folks believe such garbage.Today at my beautician's.She does great work that at my age if I develoed cancer Obama Care would give me a shot to kill me and that's it.I'm too old to be treated.Second one I've run into in the last 2 months that believes that.She's convinced.That I could never believe.Wonder where that rumor started?

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/3/2013 2:50PM

    emoticon emoticon but i think it should be available to everyone all over the world not just america. emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 10/3/2013 9:59AM

    Money - that's why , its the single common denominator with all mentioned above . We will see what happens.

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You might be a Conservative if...

Friday, August 16, 2013

From my friend SUNSHINE65:

1: You're irate over the president taking so many vacation days on the taxpayer's dime (61 thus far), but you thought George W. Bush earned every minute of his leisure time (196 days at the same point in his presidency).

2: You're happy with your 40 hour work week, paid vacations and company-provided healthcare, but you're strongly anti-union, because those commies haven't done anything for you lately.

3: You strongly support the First Amendment and its guarantee of religious freedom to all, but you don't think Muslims have a right to build an Islamic Community Center in Manhattan.

4: You believe Ronald Reagan was a devout Christian, even though he hated going to church, but any president who spends twenty years going to the same Trinity United Church in Chicago must be a Muslim.

5: You believe when a Republican governor creates a healthcare package with an individual mandate for everyone in his state, that's a good idea. But when a Democratic president does it, suddenly it's unconstitutional.

6: You're so enthused about demonstrating your Second Amendment rights, you can think of no finer place to brandish your pistol in public than at a presidential rally.

7: You believe Bill Clinton was responsible for Osama bin Laden's escape ten years ago, but thankfully George W. Bush caught up with him and killed him in Pakistan.

8: You believe in putting American jobs first, except when president Obama rescued 1.5 million GM and Chrysler autoworkers, because that was socialism.

9: It angers you that you can't communicate with the Mexican busboy at your local Olive Garden, but when you took a vacation to San Francisco's Chinatown, you thought it's quaint that so many Chinese-Americans are holding fast to their traditional language. Because that's America!

10: You deny that the lunatic who tried to murder Gaby Giffords was a conservative, even though he targeted a Jewish, pro-choice, pro gay rights, Democratic Congresswoman.

11: You thought it was perfectly normal that every president in history had an untethered right to raise the debt ceiling when warranted, but when Obama asked the GOP held congress to do it, you thought it only natural that it be tied to cutting Social Security and Medicare.

12: When the new 112th Congress was sworn in, you swooned as they promised to focus on "Jobs, jobs, jobs." But when they pivoted, and went after NPR, Planned Parenthood and gay rights, you cheered.

13: You accuse president Obama of raising your taxes to the highest point ever, even though they're lower today than at any time since 1950.

14: You believe the wealthiest Americans are "job creators," but it doesn't bother you that all the workers in those positions are in India, China and Malaysia, and they're doing the jobs that our fathers once did.

15: You believe gays are anti-American, because their lifestyle is a threat to the children. Unless they're married to Tea Party-backed presidential candidates from Minnesota.

16: You strongly defend individual freedom, but that freedom doesn't include a woman's right to decide her own healthcare needs.

17: You believe corporations are people too, and are deserving of the same rights as the rest of us. Just not the same obligations to pay personal income tax free of corporate loopholes, or penalties for massive criminal behavior and tax evasion. In these matters, corporations are deserving of special rights.

18: And since corporations are now people too, you must believe in their right to a driver's license, the right to marry, to adopt children, etc. These rights shall not be denied to Exxon, Halliburton and BP (but still immune from the right of the People to try, convict and sentence to death any corporation that conspires to commit a felony, because at that point, they're suddenly not people again.)

19: You still believe Climate Change is a myth, and the recent record highs, lows, floods and droughts around the world coinciding with climate scientist's predictions are all an amazing coincidence. Oh, and Al Gore is FAT!

20: You believe when George W. Bush took the national debt from $5 trillion to $11 trillion, it was necessary for him to do so to keep America safe. But when Barack Obama added to it by trying to rescue the country from a second Great Depression, he was deliberately trying to destroy America!

21: You believe America is a God fearing country, and that the Almighty protects those who believe just as you do. But it's never crossed your mind that the majority of tornados, hurricanes and floods all occur in the Bible Belt.

22: You believe that no matter who's in the White House, the office, if not the man himself is deserving of your respect. The only exceptions to this rule, are if his middle name sounds Muslim, and if he's not at least as white as that black guy who works down in the mailroom at the office.

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My review of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth"

Monday, August 05, 2013

As posted on the book's page:

An intriguing and well-written supplement to what The Bible teaches about the man named Jesus, August 4, 2013
I heard Aslan interviewed on NPR a couple of weeks before the Fox News debacle hit the press, and put it on my Library list. When the idiots hit the fan, I changed my mind and bought it on Kindle to read immediately.

As a Christian, one of the things I find most intriguing about the story of Jesus is the inherent conflict between Jesus the man and Jesus the son of God. In the Gospels, Jesus himself struggles with his burden. Up to the last minute before his trial, begging "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." (Luke 22:42 NIV)

Yet, in most Bible-based teachings, and indeed in the books of the New Testament following the Gospels, that aspect is ignored in favor of Jesus the God. Jesus the man is forgotten.

Reza Aslan's book resurrects Jesus the man - Jesus the human person, born of Mary, nailed to a cross, killed for his people. Whether you believe those people are all believers of his time and those yet to come, or you believe those people to be the Hebrews locked in conflict with the Roman Empire, that doesn't change the courage and conviction with which he acted.

I find Jesus the rebel troublemaker so much more appealing than the glowing holy infallible Jesus burned into stained glass windows and untouchable by the masses.

If you love Jesus and want to understand the story of the man before he was known only as Jesus the God, this book is well worth your time. I also recommend you check out Kissing Fish: Christianity for People Who Don't Like Christianity for a refreshing viewpoint on the religion of Christ.


In a nutshell, I liked it. The right wing fervor over Aslan's Muslim faith is completely unfounded. This book is in no way an anti-Christian book. It's an examination of how a man from a poor Jewish family in 1st Century Palestine would have lived, preached and died, based on a reconstruction of the times from such written histories as exist of the time.

If your faith is so fragile that it can't stand the existence of this book, that's not Reza Aslan's problem - it's yours.

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BRIDIE5 8/7/2013 4:13PM

  Sounds intriguing Myrea..It's on my fall reading list already.

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MYREALANA 8/6/2013 8:21AM

    If you only ever read books you already agree with, you will never learn anything.

The term "zealot", in Hebrew kanai (¸­ÓÚ, frequently used in plural form, ¸­ÓÚÝ (kana'im)), means one who is zealous on behalf of God.

Nope - doesn't describe Jesus at all. emoticon

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SAMMIESMOM13 8/5/2013 7:18PM

    I haven't read it so can't comment on the book. But the title rather turns me off. Zealot is a negative term generally. I don't think it's so much worrying about our faith as what it is/may be teaching those who may not be of our faith.
Just my 2 cents worth. Personally I won't buy it because of the title, I would feel like I may be enriching someone who doesn't believe in my Lord to spread negativity. There's always the library.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

They called him worthless.

They said he didn't belong in school. He would never be like other kids.

He would never pick up social cues. He would never be able to make friends.

He hid under desks. He hit. He bit other kids. He had tantrums.

Autistic kids don't get better. Maybe we can manage the symptoms, but he'll never be one of the "normal" kids.

He can't go on field trips. He won't be able to make his own decisions.

"He'll never learn to ride a bike. He doesn't have that kind of coordination."

They tried to kick him out at Kindergarten, 1st grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade and 8th grade. His counselors tried so hard to manage expectations.

"Don't expect him to take hard classes. Focus on life skills. He won't do well in Calculus (B+); he won't be able to do Physics (A); Don't let him sign up for Organic Chemistry (B+)."

"He won't get into college." -- He starts his Biochemistry program in August.

"When he finishes high school, celebrate his Certificate of Attendance - he won't graduate." -- They're all invited to his graduation this Thurdsay.

He'll never go to prom.

They gave me lots of nevers. Never expect too much. Never push too hard. Never fight.

I'll give them two more.
I will NEVER give up.
And they will NEVER be right.

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ADAPTINGANNIE 8/4/2013 10:58AM

    What amazing parenting!. What a fine son! You have turned those "Nevers" into "with dedication, hard work, and perseverance". Bless you.

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LYNETTEMOM 6/12/2013 9:05PM

    Heart-warming. I think that many people take the easy way out, instead of actively working to help kids be the best they can be. It is an issue between a friend and I; I believe that expectations, consequences, assisting and encouraging could result in success. I'm so tired of hearing what sound to me like excuses.
And the time to start is NOW: even if the skills weren't learned at the regular sign-posts, doesn't mean they can never be achieved.
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    Thank you so much for sharing your story, I am sure it will be a huge encouragement for many parents. Your blog brought tears to my eyes... Good for you! Good for your son!

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2ABBYNORMAL 5/29/2013 12:48AM

    Never say never and never accept never. What a wonderful story.

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MAPLECANDY3 5/28/2013 10:30PM

    So glad i read this, the world needs more parents like you!!

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LOVEPURPLE2 5/28/2013 2:46PM

    As a mom, I understand your devotion and love to your son. Reading your blog brought tears to my eyes. Very inspiration.

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    It's amazing what can be accomplished when someone has confidence in you. You gave that to your son--and look at what he achieved. You are an awesome mom with an even more awesome son. WAY TO GO!!!

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JIBBIE49 5/24/2013 6:50PM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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LESLIE56 5/24/2013 4:33PM

    I have a sixteen year old grand son, who has autism. He is high functioning. He is the funniest guy. He just knows everything about movies and can tell you pretty much what you want to know about different movies, or different actors. My son and daughter-in-law are excellent parents, and Jake is given every opportunity to expand his horizons. I'm with his Mom, You never give up, on these kids...they will surprise you in the end. emoticon emoticon

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ZOE13O 5/24/2013 2:26PM

    As I sit here with tears in my eyes all I can say is WOOHOO to you as an amazing mom who never gave in to everyone's "nevers" and to your son for pushing through and striving to such amazing goals!

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BUCKEYEMOM8 5/24/2013 12:46PM

  You unconditional love and support for your son are beautiful reminders of what it means to be a good parent. Your son is an inspiration. Wishing you and him abundant joy. Thank you for sharing the message that we are our children's best advocates and must stand up for them in the face of institutional and societal roadblocks to their leading fulfilled lives. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLAME42 5/24/2013 12:35PM

    Congrats to you and your son. We have a granddaughter with autism, she has made so much progress with encouragement too. She is a freshman in high school and this year she was one point away from going to state tournament in forensics. She was marked down for limited eye contact, wish the judge had understood what it takes for an austistic child to stand in front of people and perform. She has also had a part in 2 of the high school plays. These children need all the encouragement and support possible.
A friend hooked me up with your blog after she read it, knew I would be thrilled to read it.

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CRYERMAMA 5/24/2013 12:28PM

    I just sent a copy of your blog post to my daughter. She has a 6yr. old little girl that she is adopting that has autism and 18Q- Syndrom. We were told that she was deaf. She isn't. That she would never talk. She talks. And a huge list of other "NEVERS" that we refused to listen to. You and your son are an excellent example of what our hopes and dreams for Lizzy are. Thank you so much for showing us what her future can be if we keep believing in her and never accept never as an answer. emoticon emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/24/2013 7:34AM

    that┤s great and i know exactly where you are coming from.i had to fight hard to get my oldest into main stream school but unfortunately in the second year lost the fight to keep him there carried on fighting and now next year for his high school have managed to get him back in having the opposite battle for my 4 year old trying to get him in a special kindergarten in the hopes that the more intensive theraphy┤s there will help him get in a main stream school when it is time to go to school.problem is there are too little places for too many children especially since they have closed the hearing and speach school which is what he really needs(through lach of funding)he doesn┤t quite fall into the other special school direct catorgury┤s so it is hard to get a place we are in the middle of fighting to get an assessment appointments.his presant kindergarten say┤s if he stays there he will never get into normal school as they haven┤t got the facilties he needs and his speach theraphy that he has been under for two years says even if she was to give him extra sessions a week(he has two a week at the moment)it wouldn┤t be enough as he needs it on a more permanent basis so the fight is on again but in an oposite direction.i want my son to have the more intense theraphys now well he is at this formative age so that he will be able to go tio a normal school when he is 7 which is when they start school here.i don┤t believe them when they say he won┤t ever speak probably,he wont be able togo to a normal school etc,etc.your blog has just given me extra motivation to keep on fighting like i have theese last 4 years with my 10 year old and now with my 4 year old.thanks for posting this at a time i really need son hasn┤t got a place this september for the special school but he has got on the waiting list.i have also signed him up for a preschool course that involves alot of extra work on my side but i am willing to put in the time and effort and i think it will help him in the long run and with his concentration.i hope one day to write a similar blog to you of my son┤s graduation.know you are a fantastic mom and should not only be proud of your son but of yourself and your own efforts. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/24/2013 7:03AM

    Thanks for sharing such a great story!

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TDEMAIO2 5/24/2013 5:48AM

    Your an amazing Mom : ) the power of love and belief has no boundaries!!!!! one of the best blogs EVER!

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JUNEAU2010 5/23/2013 8:23PM

    Tears of joy! My older brother was autistic and I remember hearing all those things. Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to have a graduation and a future. He died at age 14 by saving another boy's life.

I am so thrilled at your son's success!

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KIPPER15 5/23/2013 8:04PM

    I have 3 nephews with various forms of autism. Their mom won't believe in "never" either. Great job mom! emoticon

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ALIHIKES 5/23/2013 7:32PM

    Wow what a powerful and amazing blog. And what a remarkable young man. I am so glad you fought for him -- and that he fought for himself too!

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STONECOT 5/23/2013 6:09PM

    I have never had an autistic child, but, I have never given up on myself, despite having several bad prognosis from the so called 'experts', so I would never give up on anyone else either, let alone a child.It's amazing what a difference love and patience can make.

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CAMAEL100 5/23/2013 4:37PM

    No one has the right to set limits on anyone's capabilities!

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HOOSIERNATIVE46 5/23/2013 3:56PM

    School can be so demeaning for some students. I am so proud of you for not listening.... or at least not being controlled by the mind games. You and your son are to be honored.

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WALKINGCHICK 5/23/2013 3:51PM

    Wow! What a guy! Fantastic to see, and you have done a great job in supporting him through his life. emoticon emoticon

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BOPPY_ 5/23/2013 3:18PM

    Congratulations to you and your son.

Keep pushing!


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GODS_TEMPLE 5/23/2013 3:00PM

    NEVER tell a loving parent NEVER!

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MANILUS 5/23/2013 2:14PM

    Congratulations on never accepting low expectations and fighting judgement. You are a great mom!!!

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  Amazing story!

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FIRECOM 5/23/2013 11:16AM

    An absolutely great blog. Tunnel vision is easy, to look outside the norm takes courage and immense strength.

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RENATA144 5/23/2013 10:52AM

  We have learned to Never Listen to nay sayers. You are a Great Mom. God bless you & your son & Family as those who did hel you both.

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 5/23/2013 10:03AM

    I'm getting so many positive e-mails from my students. Thank you for letting me share this with them.

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KNYAGENYA 5/23/2013 9:57AM

    As a social worker who had a caseload of mostly autistic kids this made me feel very good. Thanks! Congrats!

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INGMARIE 5/23/2013 9:03AM

    emoticon Awesome ,to the whole family.and a big Congratulations

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ELBEE80 5/23/2013 8:26AM

    Fight like a tiger for your kids. As a teacher, I have found that the main indicator of a child's success (any child) is how involved their parents are and how willing they are to fight for their child's rights. And I'm not talking only in public. I am sure you have had your private battles to be patient, to keep believing, to just keep going. Cheers to you. Cheers to your gorgeous young man--the world needs people like him and you if we are ever going to survive. When you look at the biographies of all the "greats" most of them had something special, some sort of challenge they needed to overcome, and they did!

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KAB7801 5/23/2013 8:11AM

    Good for you!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 5/23/2013 7:53AM

    You deserve a lot of hugs & praise for recoginizing that your child is WORTH it!!
We all are!
I'm thrilled for him, that he has succeeded despite the challenges life threw at him.


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MITCHARVEY 5/23/2013 7:50AM

    Autism is just Gods way of choosing the special ones.

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FRUITY76 5/23/2013 7:26AM

    emoticon He's worked hard and done so well. There are more great things to come. emoticon

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BUFFYSUMMERS81 5/22/2013 9:23PM

    People often underestimate the ability of children. They call some "special needs", "normal" and some ADD. However, children can do anything, when people actually believe in them. Never give up and never surrender. emoticon

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NEWTINK 5/22/2013 4:12PM

    OMG that is so beautiful ... I am beyond words emoticon

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N8UREBABE 5/22/2013 12:44PM

  Well done! Congratulations to both of you for all your hard work & perseverance.

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SUSIEMT 5/22/2013 12:07PM

    What a wonderful blog! Thank you!

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