Jewish Journal

Health Insurance Wars

By Michelle K. Wolf

August 19, 2011 | 7:35 pm

People buy health insurance (or their employers purchase for them) for just one reason –to get help when they are sick. Why else should you (or your employer) pay monthly premiums? For... read on

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Parenting a Child with Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 11, 2011 | 11:25 pm

    I have always liked monkeys. As a child, my “lovey” wasn’t a bear or a doll – it was a sock monkey I named “Judy” after the chimpanzee in my favorite TV show, “Daktari”, which was a short-lived television series in the late 1960s about a veterinarian who ran an animal... read on

  • A Road Trip Without Roads

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 2, 2011 | 5:36 pm

    Our family does many things differently from other families.

    This weekend, my husband (who used the money he earned as a Torah reader in his teens to pay for flying lessons), flew the four of us to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and then to Sacramento in a rented 4-seater Cessna182 RG... read on

  • Wave Your Freak Flag High and the American Disabilities Act

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 26, 2011 | 12:44 am

    “We spend our whole lives wishing. We weren’t so freaking’ strange.
    They make us feel the pain. But it’s they who need to change”
    —Gingy (The Gingerbread Man) in Shrek, the Musical

    This week we are celebrating the 21st anniversary of the American Disabilities Act (ADA), the... read on

  • Disabled Parking, Andrew Bynum and a teachable moment

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 20, 2011 | 1:14 pm

    A small news item on LA Observed caught my attention this morning:
    “Lakers Center Andrew Bynum was videotaped parking his BMW across two marked disabled spots at the Bristol Farms store in Westchester. Joel Grover of KNBC has posted stills from the video, which the stations says was... read on

  • Put down the Medicaid Political Football

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 13, 2011 | 11:47 pm

    Since Danny is still at Camp Ramah, I’ve had a little more time to read my email inbox, and it is buzzing about all the proposed Federal cuts to Medicaid, (called Medi-Cal in our state) and how those cuts would impact families taking care of a child or adult with developmental... read on

  • 26 Nights Off

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 7, 2011 | 9:13 pm

    For the past two weeks, our household has been strangely different – no puzzle pieces or Lego toys strewn around on the floor and poking up from the sofa, no strains of the “Macarena” and “Theme from Rango” can be heard coming from the Ipod, and the only movies playing on... read on

  • Tracy Morgan and Attention-Getting Behavior

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 30, 2011 | 12:47 am

    As a parent of a child with special needs, we have been warned by many behavioral experts about not giving into “attention getting behavior
    such as when Danny takes off his seat belt in the car or purposely spills an ice-cold drink at the table. The typical parental reaction,... read on

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