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In our house, we are both rabbis. We knew we would soon be called to minister to our colleague and friend S, who had struggled for months to live fully despite her cancer.  The call came at 6 am: S had finally […]

Caroline McGraw is currently serving as Program Director for L’Arche in Arlington. A graduate of Vassar College, she writes about ‘disability as opportunity’ at A wish come clear; her book of the same name is forthcoming. She is pictured with husband Jonathan […]

Being the mom of a child with autism can have its challenges, to be sure, but I am constantly amazed by the wonderful blessings and lessons learned from my very special daughter. For the last ten years or so, each […]

For those of you keeping track at home, I usually run the Perfectly Human posts on Wednesday afternoons. But I’m posting Mica May’s reflection about her son Jackson today because it is Jackson’s second birthday! Happy Birthday Jackson! my jackson. […]

 Over the past several weeks, we have been highlighting writings by adults with Down Syndrome and the book Writing Our Lives by those same adults, edited by Mary Ann Jansen. This week we have a collection of poems and an […]

Last week, “Perfectly Human” featured a reflection by a Mary Ann Jansen. She described the process of leading a writer’s circle for adults with Down Syndrome. Today, Mary Ann agreed to share some of the reflections these adults offered to […]

    A few months back, I stumbled upon a book entitled Writing Our Lives, edited by Mary Ann Jansen of the Women Writing for a Change Foundation. This book contains selections from the first ever 2010 Writing Circle partnering with the […]

“Can I hold my daughter please?” My wife Margie delivered our daughter Chloe on May 16th, 2003. I was in my twentieth year as a Police Officer, and I knew there was something not right in the doctor’s look and […]

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly […]

My sister Kate was asked to contribute a photo and inspirational story for a new magazine, Serendipity. She chose to write about Penny, and I asked her if I could reprint the photo and story here. Thanks, Kate! I took […]