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Big Transitions: My Top 5 Tips

(A Big Change) A few months ago, the adult decision was made to sell our home. Brian (former husband, confidante + co-parent) and I made this decision together. At the forefront of our decision making was: what would be best for our family, and especially for our 12 year old daughter, Arizona. Here’s a fact: […]

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Jump with RJ

  (Air ZO!) “Jumping helps many kids with autism regulate their bodies and this special sensory night was all about them…!” Thank you, HollyRod Foundation for partnering with SkyZone and Outback Steakhouse to host a SENSORY FRIENDLY night exclusively for autism families in the most DELICIOUS of environments : lots of jumping fun, ease of […]

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2018 : Surrender

(Playa del Carmen : getaway with my girl) Certainly, the New Year 2018 is well under way. After a 3 week break from school, Arizona finally returns tomorrow. We’ve been on a few trips during this hiatus, a mix between work and play. Oh: and let’s not forget about my unexpected bout of shingles (SHINGLES?) […]

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Speaking Topics : 2018

(Susanna Peace Lovell : Speaker, Writer, Coach, Advocate!) Happy Holidays! I have enjoyed, so much, speaking about my experiences, sharing resources, uplifting my community with stories I have lived through .. it is truly a blessing to LIVE such a rich life of fulfillment and purpose. I’m looking forward to engaging with more of you […]

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The Good Doctor

Shaun Murphy has a pet bunny as a young boy. It serves as an emotional support to him; he holds it tight and cuddles with it when he is having big feelings. Then, there is an accident. The bunny doesn’t survive, and Shaun is left wondering how he could have fixed his broken beloved. So […]

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Planning for Special Needs Families

(Speaking at Bernstein Global Wealth Management Firm in Century City, CA : Planning for Special Needs Families) Last week, I had the honor to speak as a panelist on : Planning for Special Needs Families at Alliance Bernstein’s Los Angeles office. I joined Jim Huyck, Consultant and Advocate, Karen Park, Principal at Bernstein and Andrea Ross, […]

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Noah’s Ark

(Surrounded by LOVE) A few days after I graduated from UC Berkeley back in the late 90s, there was a freak rain storm and lots of flooding around the university. I was renting a basement apartment in a family home and awoke to sounds of trickling water and a trash can floating by my bed. […]

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What’s Wrong With Her?

(Shine bright, baby girl!) In the very early days of Arizona’s journey with doctor visits and assessments, it was  hard to explain to outsiders (family and close friends included) what exactly was going on with her. I was confused by the wide range of diagnostic terminology used to describe Arizona : auditory processing disorder, sensory […]

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Peaceful : Restful : Rejuvenating

(Sweet Dreams) Years ago, as I was entering into the deep dark depths of postpartum PURGATORY, I suddenly lost my ability to sleep. It’s like, as soon as Arizona started sleeping through the night, I stopped. I remember how it all began, distinctly. Brian (my husband), was starting to feel less wary about leaving me […]

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Kahlil Gibran : On Children

(Bedtime cuddles with Arizona and Hendrix) On Valentine’s DAY – here is the perfect ODE to my baby girl. I couldn’t express it better than you,  Kahlil Gabrin. Thank YOU, Arizona Ray, for choosing me to be your mama … I will be forever blessed. ON THE CHILDREN, by Kahlil Gibran Your children are not […]

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