Accessibility · Adaptive Adventure

June 28 Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Blog: Universal Design All Things Great and Wide

One of my husband’s best friends is getting married next month on Lake Winnipesaukee. Knowing the hotel, they reserved rooms that would sell out quickly, I had a lovely conversation with the owner. She was eager to meet our accessibility needs. They, of course, had a ramped room available, but when I asked about the… Continue reading June 28 Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Blog: Universal Design All Things Great and Wide

"No Child Left Inside" · Conversations with Kids · Education · Growing Up New Hampshire · Nature-Based Learning · Through the Power of Sport

For the Lady who Complained Our White Mountains are “Disgraceful,” We Beg to Differ…

    Dear Mary Altz-Smith of Birmingham, AL, Recently, The Union Leader published your letter to the editor expressing your disappointment in the conditions of our White Mountain trails.   Respectfully, many of us who actually live here actually got quite a kick out of your complaints, including this incredible group of girls we have… Continue reading For the Lady who Complained Our White Mountains are “Disgraceful,” We Beg to Differ…

"No Child Left Inside" · Books · Conversations with Kids · Family life · Growing Up New Hampshire · Mom is Doing Her Best

For a Daughter, Age 6

Dear Daughter: Today, we visited the pediatrician for your “well child visit.”  When she asked what kind of books you liked to read, I expected you to say Fancy Nancy or Junie B. Jones as that is what we are reading together. But no, you quietly responded, “Fiction,” as if being interviewed by The Yorker… Continue reading For a Daughter, Age 6

Conversations with Kids · Family life · Growing Up New Hampshire

Dear Puppy Brie…

Dear Puppy Brie, You were a most special 7 year old puppy; you and Carver were “puppies” together; you were our children’s first love and first pet despite living twenty minutes away with your parents, their grandparents, Phil and Joyce.  Just this past Saturday, you chased a bunch of laughing six year old girls around… Continue reading Dear Puppy Brie…

Conversations with Kids · Education · Growing Up New Hampshire · Local

Guest Blogger, sophomore Kai Goode, Shares on Behalf of Rotary’s Interact: Youth Making a Difference both within our Community and the World

I’m excited to feature a guest blogger today in the form of Kai Goode, a sophomore in high school whom I’ve known since she was a very little girl.  She is the daughter of Maxey and Pat Goode and sister to Brendan and Dylan. Kai Goode, Charmaine Chau, Delaney Pickering, Jasmine Hand, Kaitlyn and Jillian… Continue reading Guest Blogger, sophomore Kai Goode, Shares on Behalf of Rotary’s Interact: Youth Making a Difference both within our Community and the World

Adaptive Adventure · Adaptive Parenting (an adventure itself) · Family life · Growing Up New Hampshire

June 9: Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Blog: Celebrating Ten Years of Marriage Matters

Published first at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Blog on June 9, 2017 https://www.christopherreeve.org/blog/life-after-paralysis/celebrating-ten-years-of-marriage-matters This black and white memory was captured just after our wedding in front of the church ten years ago by our friend and photographer Ken Watson. Sitting in the front seat of that light green 1965 Imperial, we could not… Continue reading June 9: Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Blog: Celebrating Ten Years of Marriage Matters

Conversations with Kids · Education · Family life · Local

For all you Graduates Today: Tear Jerkin’, Balloon Poppin’ Pomp ‘n Circumstance

Kids LOVE a good countdown, especially to one’s own graduation.  These two pictured above are a long way away from a milestone like the one our seniors counted down with balloons, popping one a day for the last couple of weeks.  Yesterday, you strolled in your caps and gowns down through your elementary and middle… Continue reading For all you Graduates Today: Tear Jerkin’, Balloon Poppin’ Pomp ‘n Circumstance