Inclusive Education

Our son has Autism. This fall, he transitioned from an ECP (early childhood special ed) classroom to a typical Kindergarten class. We did so for a variety of reasons, one of which is the theory that Inclusive Education is beneficial for both the special-needs student and his classmates. PBS released a really great article about this today. We never really …

The Swell Season: Strict Joy

What can I say about these guys? Does this album compare with the Once soundtrack? Probably not. But if Strict Joy had a movie as awesome to go along with the music… it probably would be just as meaningful. We’ve been anxiously awaiting this one at our house and I’m certain it’ll be on “repeat” for at least a month… …

Evangelicals for Legal Pot

I almost always love the Diane Rehm Show. Last week I caught a really interesting segment in which she and her guests discussed medical marijuana. If you’ve got time I’d really recommend listening. Apparently I got cancer in the wrong decade… Throughout the segment though, it became very clear just how unclear this issue is… really murky and muddled, even …

Declaration of Dependence

Don’t forget to hit “Play” on the Strong Odors playlist -> Winter 04-05 there were 2 albums that I always (always) had with me… basically a soundtrack to the season. One is the Garden State soundtrack, and the other… Riot on an Empty Street by Kings of Convenience… Trudging through knee-deep snow from my house to my office each morning, …

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Goodbye

Lost someone today. You could lose half a day if you happened to sit down in the room with Tom. He loved theology and loved sharing his discoveries even more… Nothing really made him happier than talking about new things he was learning (regardless of whether you cared to sit and listen). As he leaves mortality behind, I can’t help …

Broccoli-Cheddar Stuffed Chicken

You know that Kraft Food & Family magazine that comes every so often? (I guess they are charging for subscriptions now) It’s pretty much a 20-page advertisment, but every once in a while you can find a real keeper in there… I don’t even like broccoli (even though I eat it almost every day), but I like this. It’s pretty …

Ringo Starr is the One

After a round of Beatles RB the other day, I asked my right-brained first-born what her favorite Beatles song is (of course Abbey Road is her favorite album)… I wouldn’t have guessed “Octopus’s Garden,” but I guess it makes sense since that Ringo tune has been entertaining kids for a long time.