Jewish Journal

  • The nightmares of reality

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 10, 2011 | 12:21 am

    I don’t spend much time worrying about vampires, mutant aliens or even earthquakes (okay maybe a little) but the fear monster that lurks in the back of my head is: will someone else ever be able to take care of our teenage son Danny with multiple disabilities as well as we do?

    ... read on
  • What if you had to prove your child was intelligent?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 2, 2011 | 9:43 pm

    In the Jewish community, there’s a certain jockeying among parents (at least among the moms) about whose kid spoke first, or who said the longest sentence, or who asked the best question. And while an early verbal ability often equates to high intelligence, what about the kids who... read on

  • How the “F-word” can trump the “R-word”

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 26, 2011 | 11:23 pm

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, than one video (or two) must be worth even more. This week, I watched two short videos (yes, the links are coming) on the subject of how people perceive people with special needs.

    The first was a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) produced... read on

  • Pinch Me: We are hearing HaTikvah in the White House

    By Sally Weber and Michelle K. Wolf

    May 20, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    Michelle: The email invitation came on Friday, May 6th while I was at the pool for Danny’s weekly swim lesson. As I watched him laughing and kicking around with his long-time swim instructor, I read over the text a few times. It read: ”Attached is an invitation from President and... read on

  • Wake Up and Smell the Ensure!

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 13, 2011 | 12:35 am

    Everyone I know seems to be taking on a new role these days – taking care of aging parents or grandparents.

    I spent an emotional hour with one of my dearest childhood friends at a restaurant last week, helping her adjust to her new full-blown responsibility as a caregiver for her... read on

  • Counting the Omer and our annual IEP

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 8, 2011 | 1:57 am

    This year, for the first time in my life, we are “counting the Omer”, the 49-day period between Passover and Shavuot, which is traditionally considered to be a period of spiritual elevation and self-fulfillment. Every morning, Danny takes a marble from a large container and moves... read on

  • Mother’s Day, Phoebe Snow and Mama Lions

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 28, 2011 | 11:32 pm

    Phoebe Snow, the pop-jazz singer-songwriter whose single “Poetry Man” climbed into the Top 5 in 1974 died recently and her obituary in the Los Angeles Times prominently included her role as mother and caregiver to her daughter, Valerie, who was born with brain damage in 1975.

    “It... read on

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