Leaving Washington DC

Washington DC can be a cold and indifferent place …if you felt claustrophobic during COVID-19 lock-downs imagine how it would feel if that was all you had, all the time, with nothing to look forward to, adding in the necessity of drugging your son to help him get through the reality of his daily life and his very real feelings of being in his words ‘left behind.’

Meditations on Moving House and Reaching Your Destination

We have arrived at our destination. Just short of three years after we left Washington DC, we completed purchase of our permanent ‘second-hand’ home here in Zichron Yaakov. Fun fact: while in the US it is common to buy an existing home in a desirable location, here in Israel many people buy real estate ‘onContinue reading “Meditations on Moving House and Reaching Your Destination”

My Dad’s 3rd Yartzheit

Whatever our own talents and accomplishments we stand on the shoulders of giants, including our own parents. While we consider Abraham and Sarah the first Jewish Patriarch and Matriarch, in actuality it was Terah who first pulled up stakes and started the journey.

Practicing Radical Acceptance: 5 Minutes at a Time 

Radical Acceptance aims at removing the judgment from things in our lives that are not working, to make it easier to accept painful realities. The bottom line is that only by accepting the reality as it is and not as we wish it to be can we reduce suffering and to find peace.

Parenting 360 – Take 4: Critical Importance of Medication Review

Reviewing medications on a regular basis is incredibly important. If you don’t feel comfortable doing the necessary research yourself, ask a pharmacist, psychiatric nurse or physician. But get it done.

Parenting 360 – Take 2

When our children were young – with or without special needs, for the most part we had the luxury of not worrying about the day to day lives of our parents.  Now as we ourselves enter our Second Middle Age, in many cases our special needs children need us now more than ever, with less or a roadmap to successful parenting.*  If we are lucky, we find ourselves playing the role of parent to our own mothers and fathers.