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How to make your own kid-safe eco weed killer (and some reasons why you should)

A few weeks ago while I was mowing the lawn, I saw my next-door neighbor walk in my direction wearing a big backpack-style tank sprayer. Weeds are a silent point of contention between us. I have them, he doesn’t. He believes in hiring a lawn service to spray his weeks, and I don’t. Lucky for me, because of “landscape registry,”… Read more »

The four most important reasons to stop spraying your lawn

Raise your hand if you have applied weed & feed, roundup, broadleaf herbicide, or any other chemical weed killer to your lawn this year. Was it worth your time? Worth your money? Worth the risks to living things and our environment? I know what you’re thinking: not another soapbox preacher! I am so tired of people telling me what to… Read more »

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Kyle finds his voice with assistive communication technology

When Kyle was a baby, I took him to a disability fair at our library. The communication aids clinic brought various devices to demonstrate assistive communication. I remember being fascinated, but in my typical fashion, I figured we would never need something like that for Kyle because surely he would be able to talk at a young age. However, it… Read more »

To parents considering Down syndrome termination

Down syndrome termination

The effect of medical professionals’ bias means life and death for parents considering Down syndrome termination. Newly pregnant with my fourth, I sat with the developmental pediatrician discussing my oldest child. As my younger son with Down syndrome squirmed on my lap, I told the doctor my pregnancy news. Without even desultory congratulations she asked, “You’re getting the [genetic] testing?”… Read more »