Author Archives: carl

David Update

We get regular calls and updates regarding David. Seems like he is still stealing everyday.  But now when he gets caught, he is becoming verbally aggressive toward staff. I have a theory about that. He steals from everybody, but only gets verbally aggressive toward those he knows will return to him each day.  As long… Continue Reading

Boycott Ann Coulter – Hold her to the same standard as Michael Richards

Dear Miss Coulter, Even the least educated among our population know that there exists in the language, a number of words that aren’t used in conversation.  Typically this is because, over time, they have become derogatory in nature. Some key words that are considered derogatory: Retard Nigger Which of these words have you used in… Continue Reading

a new plan. 504

One of our kids has asthma.  It is severe enough that she regularly misses school when she needs to stay at home and do her breathing treatments. It is bad enough that she has missed 9 days of school this year.  She keeps up with the school work, and doesn’t hesitate to stay late when… Continue Reading

Another look at the boxes…

Hopefully you have read my previous post about boxes. If not, click here. In life, we all have boxes that are different shapes and sizes.  Can you imagine if every box looked the same? Now, you might not appreciate all of this talk about boxes.  Let’s look at it from another perspective. How about if… Continue Reading

community engagement – Thank you Optimists

Today, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of optimists.  The Optimist Club of Bismarck kindly accepted my request to speak to their group.  It went well for my first engagement as a speaker. I spoke about our Family Voices of North Dakota organization.  I answered questions regarding special health care needs and… Continue Reading

According to David…

We had the monthly staffing for David today at the residential facility. Evidently there are some things about our family that I didn’t know. We have three or four horses. We have a maid/servant that sees to our needs. Does laundry, cooks and cleans the house. I sleep in David’s bedroom not to keep track… Continue Reading

Causal Leadership Summit

Last week, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend a seminar called “Summit on Causal Leadership.” It was an incredible experience to be in a setting with agencies, both state and non-profit, talking about leadership.  Not just any type of leadership, but leadership that helps achieve goals for kids with special healthcare needs. I… Continue Reading

those special phone calls

Just got off the phone with David. I love it when he calls.  He sounds so, so loveable. I don’t know any other word to describe it.  It makes my heart soar to hear his voice. I confess, I miss him. I don’t miss his behaviors though. Tweet #fighting4answrs Continue Reading