–by Laura Dennis I don’t know about you, but parenting a child who has suffered trauma and been diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder can bring out a side of me no one should ever see. I’ve yelled far more than I care to admit (it’s a miracle I still have a voice with which to speak) and I’ve locked myself up to cry. I’ve revved up to fever pitch, then just as quickly shut down.
Dear educator: My kids have been blessed with many amazing teachers. I have many friends and family in education. They put in many hours and pursue continuing education to become better. Most deal with students from a wide variety of backgrounds with varying abilities, skills, weaknesses, and experiences. It is difficult to learn about every special need, disability, trigger, culture or background that might impact the students you work with. I totally get that. I,
By: Julie Beem Once Upon a Mountain is a great title for this documentary, which is so full of the ethereal beauty of Jasper Mountain. Heck, the children even get to live in a castle. The dormitory building was designed to look like a castle, at the children’s request. And as Jasper Mountain’s director, Dr. Dave Zeigler points out, the castle symbolizes both a place where childhood imagination is sparked and a fortress – a
By: Julie Beem Brave is the only way to describe this film. My first brush with this bravery was in New Orleans over two years ago, where I met Tif Junker, Faith’s mom and attended a film festival where My Name is Faith was one of the featured contestants. Although the audience was small in number and almost exclusively independent filmmakers, the impact of this documentary was huge. The audience nearly exploded during the question