The Hugging Quilt: Weighted Blankets for Autism

“He’s twenty years old, and my wife still tucks him in at night, offering a little prayer, making sure that a comforting weighted blanket covers him, and always getting his biggest smile for her effort.”   -Timothy Fountain, Raising a Child with Autism At age twenty-five, it should have been easy.…

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Mary Jane McLeod Bethune: Paying It Forward

“I started a school with a dollar and fifty cents, five little girls, and faith in God.”  – Mary McLeod Bethune History and Philosophy of Education was a class that was never dull. Although the teacher’s name escapes me, the stories he told of early educators enthralled my imagination and…

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The Other Mothers in the Village

“A child born to another woman calls me mommy. The magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me.”                                                                              -Jody Landers Another parent-teacher conference ended with the stars twinkling in the night sky, and me scuttling to my Saturn in a nearly empty…

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