1. Year of Wonder


    January 7, 2018 by whirlyjoy

    This summer we officially joined our families by moving in together. We adopted the Wonder Dog to fulfill a promise and overcome some understandable teenage mutiny around sharing a smallish townhouse between four full-sized people.

  2. A Really Excellent Fantasy


    December 1, 2017 by whirlyjoy

    My role then is simply to take awe and delight in watching these gorgeous people grow.

  3. Writing her own life

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    November 10, 2017 by whirlyjoy

    My Dragon Lover and I were sitting up in bed, watching the election results on Tuesday evening, when my iPhone …
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  4. Abuse in the form of a hamburger


    November 3, 2017 by whirlyjoy

    This past summer we experienced one of those incidents with Aida’s supported living situation that I live in fear of …
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  5. Business casual and beyond


    September 18, 2016 by whirlyjoy

    This year Aida has started a pre-vocational program as part of her school day. It’s in the mailroom of the district’s main …
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  6. Driving, driven, and staying the course


    September 4, 2016 by whirlyjoy

    I kept waiting for someone, one of these many experts, to realize how very much in-over-my-head I was, how utterly ill-equipped and unsuited to this role of coordinating Aida’s care between a small jumble of barely overlapping spheres of expertise.

  7. Heaven by way of the swimming pool


    February 22, 2015 by whirlyjoy

    She looked tiny under the sheets of her deathbed, this woman who for most of my life was a towering, outgoing and whirlwind presence, fully able to live up to the strong promise of the size-12 Irish peasant feet that carried her as she strode through her days.