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07 Apr 20:00

Felling Hard

by admin

03 Feb 13:30

A Complicated Girl

by (Rob Rummel-Hudson)
This week at Support for Special Needs:
Schuyler's evening was complicated. That much I can say. It was complicated for all the reasons that are obvious, and for all the ones you never think about. It was complicated because she looks like any other fifteen-year-old girl dressed to the nines at a high school dance, and it's complicated because she's not like any other girl there, or most places. It's complicated for the things she understands about her peer relationships, and it's complicated for the nuances that escape her. Her feelings about boys are complicated, and her inability to adequately express or process those feelings are also very, very complicated.
14 Jan 20:23

“Yesterday I found a penny in the park, and now it’s in my...

“Yesterday I found a penny in the park, and now it’s in my pocket.”

29 Dec 15:00

The Grief of a Special Needs Parent

by Cristal Grogan

helping hand    Most people associate grief, especially complicated grief, as something only experienced after the death of a loved one. However, many people fail to understand that complicated grief isn’t just about death.      In an article entitled Complicated Grief, the Mayo Clinic states: “While normal grief symptoms gradually start to fade over a few […]

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15 Dec 22:00

Nice Disguise

by admin

04 Dec 17:13

This is awkward…

by admin

10 Nov 08:11

Picture Of Me

18 Sep 14:35

Jonathan Dwyer Is Today’s Woman And Child-Beating NFL Player

by The Superficial
Jonathan Dwyer Arizona Cardinals

The NFL had just finished sweeping Adrian Peterson under the rug yesterday when barely a few hours later Jonathan Dwyer was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife (twice) and 18-month-old son because it was only a matter of time before Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson formed their own fucked-up Voltron. TMZ Sports reports:

According to police, the 25-year-old allegedly roughed up his wife at their home in Phoenix on July 21st and again on July 22nd.
Shortly after the incidents, cops say, Dwyer’s wife left the state with their child.
Cops list 2 victims — a 27-year-old female (his wife) and their 18-month-old child.

Amazingly, the Cardinals immediately suspended him instead of waiting for pressure from corporate sponsors who have to be going, “Goddammit, AGAIN?!” by now. That said, let’s make sure we still have a rational dialog about this because football is serious business. Okay, so we all agree beating his wife is wrong (provided there’s video), but was the one-year-old perhaps in need of a whooping? Because we should probably take that into consideration before condemning a grown 25-year-old professional athlete for physically assaulting an infant. Hitting an adult is one thing which is why we have crimes against it, but don’t nobody tell no one how to raise their kids. All clear? Good. Now let’s move on to Stat Man which is what I’m calling this special brand of commenter that popped in our threads under the name “teddy r” while someone by the name of “GMAN” made essentially the same bullshit argument on TMZ’s Dwyer story:

And still compared to the national average of men in the same age range, NFL players commit far far less domestic violence and overall crime. TMZ would never report this because it doesn’t jive with their agenda. But the stats are out there for anyone to see.

If you’re scratching your head, that’s because this shitbird is literally arguing that because the NFL has a lower crime rate than the national average, the media should really be reporting on how awesome football players are instead of focusing on the times they finally manage to get charged with domestic violence and/or child abuse. It’s not like these guys are ducking arrests skewing those statistics or held up as role models by schools, parents, and hundreds of every other institution in America that over-glorifies sports, so let’s let ‘em off the hook for beating the shit out of women and children. They seem like good people.

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05 Sep 12:00

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Stanley the Builder, by William Bee (Peachtree, 2014)

by Fourth Musketeer
Recommended for ages 1-7.

In this delightful new picture book series from British author and illustrator William Bee, Stanley the hamster is very busy--building houses,  working at a garage, even running a farm.

In Stanley the Builder, Stanley is building a house for his friend Myrtle the mouse.  He'll need his orange bulldozer, his yellow digger, and his green crane. Step by step, he prepares the land and then builds the house. Together with his friend Charlie, he finishes the project by painting the house in Myrtle's favorite colors--red, white, and blue--before returning home for supper, a bath, and bedtime.

In this series, Bee uses very simple vocabulary and minimal text together with very appealing digitally-created images to craft a story that is equally appropriate for two distinct audiences:  toddlers/preschoolers and beginning readers.

There are so many things to like about this book, but first and foremost are the illustrations, with their clean black outlines, flat bright colors, and simple shapes (not to mention adorable hamsters...)  Bee's U.S. publisher for this series, Peachtree Publishers, has kindly provided some artwork so The Fourth Musketeer's readers can get a better sense for Bee's unique artistic style.  I was especially interested to note that Bee trained as a designer (check out his quirky website, which gives little information on his books but tells you all sorts of interesting trivia about his passions for vintage cars and the Queen).  His design flair can be seen in everything from the endpapers (see first image below) to the font chosen for the text.

While this series is a sure-fire winner with toddlers and preschoolers, it's also ideal for beginning readers, with simple sentences and minimal vocabulary.  Even with the limited vocabulary, Bee uses correct words for different tools and parts of the house, such as "shingles" for the roof, thus providing a rich use of words for the earliest readers.  The book will also allow young readers to practice sequencing, since the steps for building a house are clearly delineated, and they can even re-tell the story using just the pictures as well.

Highly recommended!

For more on Stanley, please see the following blog tour stops from earlier this week:
Wednesday 9/3- Chat with Vera

Thursday 9/4- Blue Owl and Kiss the Book

For a chance to win a copy of Stanley The Builder, courtesy of Peachtree, please leave a comment below (include your e-mail address so I can reach you!)

27 Aug 14:57

An update on United We Stand

by Clare
A few of you have asked how the lady and her baby from “ United We Stand ” are. The baby is 3 weeks and 5 days in the picture and doing well!Read more
12 Aug 20:43

"What happened to your arm?""I was walking down the stairs and...

"What happened to your arm?"
"I was walking down the stairs and looking at the stars."
(Amman, Jordan)

31 Jul 10:11

United We Stand

by Clare
I began my day like all others, sitting down with the gynae who had just completed the previous 24 hours, sipping a black coffee and going over the previous shift’s admissions. It’s a sort of handover, debrief and case discussion rolled into one. Sharing the joys, and inevitable frustrations of... Read more
20 Jul 22:05

“My grandmother always told me: ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re...

“My grandmother always told me: ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re crippled, blind, or crazy. All this world cares about is how you survive. As long as you don’t do drugs or go to jail, you’re gonna be fine.’”
“What do you mean by: ‘The world only cares about how you survive?’”
“The only thing people care about is if you’re working, and if you’re paying your taxes. I worked for the city for six years. During the time that I was working, I was Mr. Matthew Phillips. The moment that I wasn’t able to work anymore, I became a social security number.’”

09 Jul 03:03

US rushes to secure 6 glass vials of deadly smallpox found unprotected in cardboard boxes

by The Associated Press
The samples were rushed under FBI protection to the CDC in Atlanta for testing, which could take a few weeks. After that, they will be destroyed.
04 Jun 17:20

Link: Cancer | A Blogger and a Father

by blurb

This is the BLURBOMAT feed

I don’t know how he did it, but this is an amazing piece of writing in the face of the worst news a parent could get regarding their own health. Sending all the best energy I have to Oren and his family. Cancer | A Blogger and a Father: “”

The post Link: Cancer | A Blogger and a Father appeared first on BLURBOMAT.

21 Apr 10:00

Spiced Sweet Potato Muffins

by Natalie | Perry's Plate

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Paleo-friendly Cauliflower Fried Rice. Guest post by Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate, recipe submitted by TK member Dani of Expat Cucina.

We’re huge fans of sweet potatoes at our house. And muffins. And Indian food.

When I saw this muffin recipe and noticed it had garam masala in it, I made a weird face. That’s the honest truth.

If you’re not familiar with Indian spices, garam masala is a spice blend commonly used in curries and other Indian dishes. Not something you’d find in a muffin, that’s for sure.

It sounded odd to me, but I really, really wanted to try it. (Story of my cooking life, much to my kids’ dismay.)

I won over all three of my picky little girls with these muffins, though! Spiced Sweet Potato Muffins, submitted by Tasty Kitchen member Kristin, are an exotic spin on a simple sweet potato muffin. They’re not only gluten-free, but they’re grain-free as well and easily made dairy-free!

And they have chocolate chips. Maybe that’s why they liked them so much?

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Paleo-friendly Cauliflower Fried Rice. Guest post by Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate, recipe submitted by TK member Dani of Expat Cucina.

OK, let’s gather ingredients. You’ll need cold, mashed sweet potatoes, almond flour, real maple syrup, nut butter (I used almond), chocolate chips, cinnamon, cocoa powder, garam masala, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and vanilla extract.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Paleo-friendly Cauliflower Fried Rice. Guest post by Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate, recipe submitted by TK member Dani of Expat Cucina.

Here’s my garam masala. You can find it in most grocery stores nowadays in the spice section. I ordered mine online a while back and have been refilling this bottle with a homemade blend.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Paleo-friendly Cauliflower Fried Rice. Guest post by Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate, recipe submitted by TK member Dani of Expat Cucina.

First crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and loosen them up with a fork.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Paleo-friendly Cauliflower Fried Rice. Guest post by Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate, recipe submitted by TK member Dani of Expat Cucina.

Add the sweet potatoes, nut butter, and maple syrup.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Paleo-friendly Cauliflower Fried Rice. Guest post by Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate, recipe submitted by TK member Dani of Expat Cucina.

Mix it up until you get something that resembles pumpkin pie filling. Speaking of pumpkin, you could totally use canned pumpkin in place of sweet potatoes in this! Just add an extra splash or two of maple syrup.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Paleo-friendly Cauliflower Fried Rice. Guest post by Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate, recipe submitted by TK member Dani of Expat Cucina.

Add the almond flour and the rest of the dry ingredients.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Paleo-friendly Cauliflower Fried Rice. Guest post by Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate, recipe submitted by TK member Dani of Expat Cucina.

Mix it well, and then fold the chocolate chips into the batter. The nice thing about not using wheat flour is that you don’t have to worry as much about over-mixing and ending up with cone-head muffins!

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Paleo-friendly Cauliflower Fried Rice. Guest post by Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate, recipe submitted by TK member Dani of Expat Cucina.

Scoop the batter into muffin molds. I used a silicone muffin pan, but you can use any type you like. I would recommend using paper liners if you don’t use a silicone pan so they come out easier. And in one piece.

Throw them in the oven …

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Paleo-friendly Cauliflower Fried Rice. Guest post by Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate, recipe submitted by TK member Dani of Expat Cucina.

… and out they come! I’ve consistently gotten 11 muffins out of this batch, and I’ve also double and tripled this recipe before with success. They also freeze and reheat nicely!

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Paleo-friendly Cauliflower Fried Rice. Guest post by Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate, recipe submitted by TK member Dani of Expat Cucina.

These tasty little grain-free morsels have become a staple in our muffin collection! I thought the spices blended beautifully with the sweet potatoes. And the chocolate chips were a nice touch. (They usually are.)

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Paleo-friendly Cauliflower Fried Rice. Guest post by Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate, recipe submitted by TK member Dani of Expat Cucina.

Before you go, stop by Kristin’s TK Recipe Box as well as her blog, Tastefully Gluten Free, for more delicious recipes!

1. I omitted the yogurt to make them dairy free. Because it was only one tablespoon, I didn’t think it would make a big difference if I left it out.
2. Garam masala is a potent blend, and after making this recipe several times, I decided to cut the amount down by two-thirds. Any more than a 1/2 teaspoon gave the muffins a strange, “am I eating curry or a muffin” flavor. Perhaps my spice blend is more potent because I make it myself? Try it and see what you think!


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Spiced Sweet Potato Muffins

by Kristin @ Tastefully GF on October 9, 2013 in Breads, Muffins October 9, 2013 BreadsMuffins
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A healthy and gluten free baked good that’s perfect for fall.


  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 cup Sweet Potato Puree (fresh Is Best, Or Canned)
  • ¼ cups Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Almond Meal
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1-½ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cups Chocolate Chips Or Cacao Chips

Preparation Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the two eggs with a fork until they are a bit frothy.

3. Stir in sweet potato puree, peanut butter, yogurt and maple syrup.

4. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the chocolate/cacao chips. Once all the dry ingredients are combined stir in the chips.

5. Line a 12-count standard size muffin pan with muffin liners (I used silicone muffin liners, which I love), and fill each muffin tin. These muffins expand some, but not a lot, so you can fill them almost to the top.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. I rotate the pan once, halfway through the cooking. Remove pan from oven and set on a rack.

7. Let muffins cool in the pan before serving.


Be sure to check out Natalie’s own beautiful food blog, Perrys’ Plate, where you can see her growing collection of lovely recipes. There’s always something new to see there. Go visit now!


10 Mar 13:00

Women's History Month Book Review: Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holliday and the Dog Who Loved Her, by Amy Novesky (Harcourt Children's Books, 2013)

by Fourth Musketeer
Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Amy Novesky's most recent picture book, Mister and Lady Day, an ode to jazz great Billie Holiday and her pet dogs, just arrived at my library in time for Women's History Month.

This is Amy's fourth book on prominent female figures in cultural history; she has also penned Me, Frida (on artist Frida Khalo), Georgia in Hawaii (on artist Georgia O'Keefe), Imogen (on photographer Imogen Cunningham).  She is currently working on a picture book on sculptor Louise Bourgeois.

Billie Holiday's tragic life. which included working as a prostitute, living in a workhouse with her mother, drug addiction, a prison sentence, and more, might not seem like a natural fit for a picture book for young children, and indeed, this side of Holiday's life does not appear in Novesky's book.  Novesky focused instead on Holiday's love for her many dogs, and in particular for her boxer named Mister.  Love for a dog, of course, is a theme that children identify easily with, as do many adults (OK, I'm a sucker for a good dog story).

We first meet Billie Holiday as a young girl, dreaming of being a star, singing on a borrowed gramophone.  Illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton, whose charming illustrations are done with gouache and charcoal with collage elements, depicts Billie in a beautiful setting on a fancy chair, dressed up with a bow in her hair (perhaps a bit fanciful given the realities of her childhood!).  The next spread shows her already a star, the great Lady Day. (Illustrated 2-page spreads from the book can be seen on Novesky's website).   Novesky introduces a note of melancholy in the text from the beginning, by explaining that even stars need someone to listen to them, and that's the role Lady Day's dogs played.  We meet her small dogs, chihuahuas Pepe and Chiquita, her big dogs (a Great Dane named Gypsy, and finally her favorite dog of all, Mister, who we see in a fabulous illustration, walking with Billie on a leash wearing matching mink coats.  Instead of a sidewalk, they are walking on a piano keyboard, with the buildings of New York in the background.  Mister had the life of a star himself; he was so pampered he got to eat steak while she was performing in glamorous clubs, and he waited for her while she performed, even serving to keep eager fans at bay.

Novesky tells young readers that "Lady got into trouble. She had to leave home for a year and a day. And Mister couldn't come."  In an afterword, she explains that Billie Holiday was in fact in jail during that time for drug possession.  When she returned, Mister was there to welcome her, and even accompanied her to a grand concert at New York's Carnegie Hall.  The story ends on a hopeful note, with Billie singing her heart out, and Mister listening in the wings.

An author's note gives some more background on Holiday's life, appropriately omitting some of the uglier facts, and provides additional sources and a web resource.

There's no CD with the book, but readers could easily find CD's of Holiday's unique singing style at the library or on YouTube, which would enrich the story.

This is a moving yet charming book about a difficult subject, and could be integrated into units on Black History Month, Women's History Month, or jazz.
20 Feb 09:00

baby names 2014

Today on Toothpaste For Dinner: baby names 2014

Read Drew's blog: The Worst Things For Sale.
12 Feb 19:45

Your Afternoon Happy Cry: Long Lost Twins Are Reunited

by Phoenix Tso

On February 1, 2013, actress Sam Futerman got the most astonishing Facebook message. A French fashion designed living in London named Anais saw her in a Youtube video, and realized that they looked exactly alike. While messaging back and forth, the two also found out that they were born on the same day and in the same city in South Korea, before Sam was adopted by an American family, and Anais by a French one.



22 Jan 21:55

Male privilege

Being a man is a good thing when getting a job, they don’t get periods, they don’t take as long to get ready, and they very rarely get kidnapped and raped. 

21 Jan 09:00

new media

Today on Married To The Sea: new media
04 Jan 13:43

Cybils and Reading Challenges (cont)

by (Alex Baugh)

First up...
The shortlist for the Cybils was announced this week and it is going to be a hard decision for 2ns round judges.  All the contenders are just so good.  This year, I am happy to be a 2nd round judge in the Middle Grade Fiction category and I am looking forward to [re]reading the books that were chosen by the 1st round judges.  You can view the complete list of all the books in all the categories on the Cybils website.

I wished it and now my wish has come true - Alyson Beecher has announced the 2014 Nonfiction Picture Book Reading Challenge but with a twist.  This year you can read not just nonfiction picture book, but also middle grade and YA nonfiction.  If you would like to know more about this or if you would like to participate, you can find the details over at Kid Lit Frenzy.  This was a fun reading challenge last year and it got me to read more nonfiction than I usually do.
30 Dec 15:30

Am I a spy?

by admin

28 Dec 05:44

take this thing please

Today on Married To The Sea: take this thing please
22 Dec 23:28


Basically, Tess Derbyfield’s life was one middle finger after another.

23 Dec 18:39

So now what?

by admin

17 Dec 18:50

George Zimmerman’s Painting Was Copied From Shutterstock

by The Superficial

With George Zimmerman free from domestic violence charges thanks to his girlfriend changing her story so they can reunite and continue trying to find ways to get paid for TV appearances, he now has time to return to his true passion: pulling a gun at the drop of a hat painting! Apparently George Zimmerman is quite the artiste and his newest painting is already just shy of $100,000 on eBay because America is a shithole full of dumb and guns. And while I was at first happy that a moronic husk of humanity would be down $100 grand in three days, Mediaite reports that the “painting” was clearly Photoshopped from a Shutterstock stock image which could potentially negate the sale:

The best guess is that Zimmerman wanted to paint an American flag, so he searched for an image of one on Shutterstock or another site that features that company’s images and then just painted over it. While there’s no big art rule that says use of multimedia or even tracing is inherently “bad,” Zimmerman does not disclose the use of the foundation image, calling the piece “original” and “hand-painted.”
Seeing as Shutterstock’s images are copyrighted and are not free to use, things could potentially become legally complicated if Zimmerman did, indeed, crib the image from the stock photo company.

George Zimmerman has reportedly agreed to private negotiations with Shutterstock, but as of this post, all that could be heard from the room were a series of loud bangs followed by the sound of a window being opened. I’m sure it was nothing.

07 Dec 21:26

Existential philosophy

I have written papers on existential philosophy that is easier to bullshit which by the way is basically a class about a horny French philosopher by the name of Sartre who wanted to basically justify all the stupid shit he has done in his life.  

08 Dec 21:06

Electronic submission

I didn’t realize that when you said to email you our essays you didn’t want them written as an email.

04 Dec 04:32

Krampus in America: 5 Places to Meet the Christmas Devil

by Christine

"Maybe in Portland, Krampus throws hipsters in his basket and takes them back to their crappy Midwest hometowns."

By now if you are a grumpy American who hates happiness, joy, and Christmas, you’ve heard of Krampus.

Wait! I haven’t. But I do hate all those things. Tell me more.

Krampus is the shaggy-haired. horned sidekick of St. Nicholas, who whacks bad children with this bundle of sticks, throws them into a bucket and takes them to…I’m not sure where exactly Krampus takes them to, and as long as it’s not my house, I really don’t want to know.

When does Krampus come calling?

December 5th is Krampusnacht, the night St. Nicholas and his pal parade through town scaring the bejeezus out of children. While a tradition in the Alpine countries, Krampus is relatively new to the United States. But he’s gaining popularity, which cheers my black little heart.

I have some rotten kids I need to shuffle off on someone. Where can I meet Krampus?

Here’s a not-totally-comprehensive list of krampuslaufen in the United States:

The third annual Krampuslauf Philadelphia encourages revelers to dress up like other terrifying pagan figures such as the Yule Lads. Here’s a bit from last year’s lauf (although I don’t think any of these kids look properly terrorized):

There were a few more screamers at last year’s Krampus Night in Bloomington, Indiana:

Then again, I don’t see any children at The PDX Krampusnacht Ball. Maybe in Portland, Krampus throws hipsters in his basket and takes them back to their crappy Midwest hometowns.

Speaking of which: you can also eat Breakfast with Krampus in Rochester, New York. I’ve long suspected that Krampus takes all those rotten kids to the Rust Belt, so this doesn’t really surprise me. You’re invited to bring an unwrapped toy for needy children, but “if it’s crap, Krampus is going to harrass you and drag you straight to hell.”

Last but not least, Krampus Los Angeles goes large: there are multiple events throughout the city during the month of December. Also: don’t miss The Truth About Krampus by Krampusfest LA director Al Ridenour on Atlas Obscura.

Any Krampus events near you? Let us know in the comments!