Monday, December 31, 2012

You Get to Decide!





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Sunday, December 30, 2012

No Vision for Public Education

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Guns and the GOP



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Why We Hate the UFT and the Unity Party: They're SELLOUTS!



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Saturday, December 29, 2012

The 13th Day of Christmas with Food Allergies


Does having food allergies in the family make you bitter?

I'm digging really deep for gratefulness this year. I have no problem when it comes to my nuclear family. I am so grateful for the gift of my husband and children, and for this time over the Christmas holidays to see at least a little of them.

But I also feel that, every year around this time, I need to get away from the getaway because my extended family can be so frickin' NUTS.

The thing is, I don't even have it as bad as most of you. One side of my family is just great about the allergies. My own sister and mother are fantastic. But my brother and sister-in-law don't believe in the allergies, so they (subtly) don't support them.

This year, when I asked about ingredients and what they were serving, my brother aggressively declared that he "pretty much" knew what my son could eat so I didn't need to check everything. But then, inevitably, came the email: "can he have soy protein isolate?" Nope. He can't. Tell me how I trust anything after that email.

We get to their house and there's a list of all the things they think are safe for my son. Bean dip is the first item on the list. Nope...still allergic to beans. Seventeen years he's been allergic to beans. They've been given lists of the allergens, we've talked through it numerous times...but they can't or won't remember, so everything he puts in his mouth, the entire night, is suspect.

When I ask about labels, I'm pointed to the garbage. There's nothing that says Christmas like poking through the garbage for a half hour.

We do have ways around this. My mother understands the situation and always ensures she brings a few things so my son has some choice. My husband (who somehow seems less bat-shit to them than me) questions them about ingredients for the things we think may be safe. My son knows to stick with the items that have simple and as-vetted-as-possible ingredients. BUT...everything he puts in his mouth, all Christmas Eve long, is really a crap-shoot. It's hard to relax and enjoy the holiday, knowing that there's a real possibility of going to the ER.

I actually started this column last January because of the stress from Christmas. When I go back and read that first post, I was even more wigged out and angry than I am now. I know that talking about it (and writing about it) does help some to defuse the stress and resentment, but it's also like constantly licking the wound, over and over.

I want to be grateful. I do try to look at the other side, which is that they're doing their best, even though their best is dangerous and half-assed. But there's a little voice in my head that says they're not doing their best: they're acting out their passive-aggressive judgments about me and my kid. They're screwing up ingredients, not because they're not capable, but because they really don't believe it and want to see what will happen. They're willing to play Russian roulette with my kid.

Family is so important. We've held it together for 17 years now, Christmas after Christmas. Through crazy, behind-the-scenes review of ingredients and sheer dumb luck, we've never had a problem. But I remind myself that it also means they're taking more care about ingredients than it may appear on the surface because he's never had a problem. 

So, during these 12 days of Christmas, I am praying for the grace to be grateful. To see the good instead of the bitter. I'm only four days in. By the 13th day of Christmas, I hope to be back in the Christmas spirit.

Just in time for the next (last) round of FAHF-2 food challenges.


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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Cram Them, Jam Them, Ram Them, and Slam Those Tests Down Faster and Harder!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Student Blog about Hampden Event 2012

I have been volunteering with Easy Ayrshire Alzheimer Scotland since September and as part of that I have been involved in their football reminiscence group in Kilmarnock. Through going to these monthly groups I have met some wonderfully interesting men and their wives. When the session starts I find that there is a transformation in the men, they are not just a person with a diagnosis of a dementia at a group but a football fan debating with their peers about the best players, their favourite teams and the best goals. I find it amazing that something like football can bring together a group of people and evoke such passionate memories of the game they loved growing up and still love now. When we took the group to the second day of the memories fc conference at Hampden you could see the spark in their eye as they walked round the museum seeing the players they watched from the stalls and the team strips they respected so much. We had the pleasure of having a former player who is part of our group attend the conference with us. The respect and admiration of the other men we met at the conference towards him was amazing. He was treated like a celebrity and listening to the men speak about him, recounting the tales of how he played the game and his accolades I can understand now why he is in the hall of fame and so respected. Being involved in Memories FC and football reminiscence groups has helped me learn that even though these people have a diagnosis of dementia they still feel the passion and count themselves as a fan of the football team they grew up supporting.

Jennifer Love (Year 2 Mental Health Student)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Beautiful SAGE Photo Story!

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Ladybug on dill flowers.
Photo by: Hannah M.
This summer we were contacted by an amazing local high school student, Hannah.  She's a local photographer who had learned about SAGE by participating in the Parks and Recreation's Youth Volunteer Corps program a few years ago.  Hannah wanted to use her artistic talent to share with folks the story of SAGE produce; where it grows and where it goes.

Check out her photos and story here:
http://www.hannahmcintoshphotography.com/sage-photo-story.html

Hannah also does wedding photography, senior photos, family portraits, etc.

Thanks Hannah for helping share SAGE's story in such a beautiful way!

Lillie (summer garden intern) and Deanna (garden manager)
being goofy. Photo by: Hannah M.
     

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Money, Money, and Evern More Money

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Meet Yout Education Policy Makers . . .



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They're Creepy and They're Kooky, They're Really Kind of Spooky

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Treasure Me! Don't Measure Me!

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Special Education Reform Is Not So Special!




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Now You Have Other Things to Think About!

Reflecting upon your studetns has now been crowded out by more pressing issues
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Walmart and Education?



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Don't Bother Reflecting Upon Your Practice When You Have Other Things to Think About . . .



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One Little APPR Point



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The Absent Voice of the Vulnerable



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