Volcano — Discover

“…after all that, you couldn’t not be in a little bit of love.” From “Volcano,” an excerpt from The Narrow Door, a memoir of long-term relationships by Paul Lisicky.

via Volcano — Discover

Such a magnificent read! I recommend this to visit and read on your downtime.

Caring For Children With Down Syndrome

Andrea and Keston are both surrogate parents to Delaney, their two-year-old toddler that was discovered to have Down Syndrome as early as 12 weeks during an ultrasound in Andrea’s womb. Andrea agreed to be a surrogate mother for her two friends, another lesbian couple that was having trouble getting pregnant for six years, but when the lesbian couple heard the shocking news about Delaney they suggested Andrea to terminate the pregnancy.

Making a life changing decision, Andrea decided to go through the pregnancy, with the total support with Keeston and their family. The link below is the full story of Andrea and Keston journey with Delaney. Below the story are several links on children with Down Syndrome, and how to care and raise them as normal, loving children. I own no rights to the story or the links supplied below!

The story of Andrea and her lovely daughter Delaney: Surrogate Mom Who Kept Baby With Down Syndrome

“The first years of life are a critical time in a child’s development. All young children go through the most rapid and developmentally significant changes during this time… Children with Down Syndrome typically face delays in certain areas of development, so early intervention is highly recommended… Because of specific challenges associated with Down Syndrome, babies will likely experience delays in certain areas of development. However they will achieve all of the same milestones as other children at their own pace.” — Therapies & Development: Early Intervention

“As a parent preparing to have a child with Down Syndrome, you are likely adjusting to a reality that you had not envisioned. You will find that parenting a child with Down Syndrome can be as joyous, rewarding — and of course challenging — as parenting any child. Down Syndrome is a chromosomal condition that leads to a combination of birth abnormalities (normally occurs when a fertilized egg has an extra chromosome)…” — Parenting a Child With Down Syndrome

“Including children with special needs into the mainstream classroom can be a healthy experience for all students in the class, though it may require extra attention from the teacher! Teaching students with disabilities requires a lot of creative thinking among other things. Using Turning Point in the classroom can benefit both you and your students. Shy students and students with disabilities that are fearful of answering use clickers, which allows them to answer the question without the fear of being ridiculed for incorrect answers and it encourages them to participate more…” — Using Turning Point Student Response Systems for Students with Disabilities


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Sleeping in the Pines

There’s no denying that Kurt Cobain’s story is both sad and unsatisfying. Unhappy in life, he seems ungrounded in death: his accomplishments, convictions, and musical legacy scattering like ashes to the wind.

Despite his own difficulties, including an unfortunate tendency to land himself in prison for attempted or actual homicide, the end of Lead Belly’s story is rather different. Stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Huddie Ledbetter died in New York City in 1949.  He was buried near the place of his birth, Mooringsport, Louisiana, in the Shiloh Baptist Church cemetery.

Huddie Ledbetter Biography