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Hope, Resilience and Thor

By Michelle K. Wolf

May 4, 2014 | 12:26 am

Can resilience be taught? As a parent of a teen with significant developmental disabilities, I don’t feel like I have much of a choice but to be resilient, but it turns out the answer is... read on

  • Bravo to the Quiet Room at the Wallis

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 20, 2014 | 7:30 pm

    Thanks to a generous friend, my husband and I recently enjoyed an evening piano concert at the brand new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills that opened in late 2013; it is a beautiful venue, built around re-purposing the historic post office with two... read on

  • Everyone has Special Needs at Passover

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 7, 2014 | 8:04 pm

    The Passover seder can be an anxiety-producing holiday for many parents of children and teens with special needs. Often there are family or friends present you haven’t seen for while, and they may not understand the accommodations your child needs to feel comfortable and fully... read on

  • If It’s Too Good To Be True…

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 26, 2014 | 11:24 pm

    A few months ago, my 91-year-old Dad called me up and said he received a letter announcing he had won a Jamaican lottery for $250,000, which was strange since he didn’t remember ever purchasing a lottery ticket. The letter asked him to send money over Western Union, to cover the... read on

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  • Removing the Smoke from Medical Cannabis

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 18, 2014 | 11:09 am

    When you walk past any of the numerous medical marijuana “caregiver” stores in our Pico-Robertson neighborhood, it’s hard not to think of hippies, rock concerts and Cheech and Chong, but there’s huge potential for a real medical use of marijuana, if we can get just get past all... read on

  • Including A Loved One with a Visual Impairment at Your Seder

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 9, 2014 | 12:14 am

    As we get ready to start cleaning our houses (ugh!) and eating up all the crackers in the very back of the pantry, there’s something else to think about—ordering a free large-print Haggadah for an elderly relative coming to your seder whose vision is fading, or a child or teen who... read on

  • The Joy in Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 27, 2014 | 10:18 pm

    I’m writing this blog post with the strains of “Hava Nagila” coming from the TV where my son Danny is about to watch his fourth viewing of the eponymous film, an uplifting, entertaining documentary about how the song orginated, it's international history, and why we all love to... read on

  • Cruising Away

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 20, 2014 | 12:00 am

    Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary by taking a short cruise to Mexico. With my past history of seasickness, I have stayed far away from any vessel that wasn’t the submarine ride at Disneyland, but reconsidered after hearing from friends and... read on

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