Apt. 11D

laura mckenna
Education, Kids, Politics, and Life
Created 28 Nov 2020
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  • The House Elves Strike Back
    19 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    It’s no surprise that a female writer, not a male one, imagined that a system of house elves who prepare meals, clean robes, sweep hearths — all the annoying, time consuming, boring, but essential tas...
  • Islands of Difference
    12 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 2
    One week past “peak foliage,” yellow leaves still clung to the trees, but a cold blast of air from the North made us up flip up the collars of our coats. In that western edge of Massachusetts, Steve a...
  • Lessons from Nov. 2
    05 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Greetings from the Berkshires on the Western edge of Massachusetts! We came up here to check out an autism school for Ian and decided to turn the trip into a mini-vacation. On today’s schedule is a to...
  • Down the Rabbit Hole
    29 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Sipping the rest of my white wine from dinner, I logged into Zoom for a webinar “The Basics of SSI and Medicaid.” Two experts — the director of an advocacy and support group for disabled people and th...
  • How About Them Apples?
    22 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Before Steve and I got married we visited Father Ashley for pre-cana classes. He asked what we expected to be doing five years from now. We were both in grad school in the early stages of dissertation...
  • Remote Education Sucked. Now What?
    20 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Research shows that 18-months of remote education was disastrous for kids. So, those who claimed that “kids are resilient” were just plain wrong. Politicians, who chose to close schools and kept the b...
  • The Fall of the Gatekeepers
    15 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 1
    Jonah is the grips of a high octane college semester as he packs in his final class requirements and catches up on all the college experiences that he missed out during COVID, like intramural soccer, ...
  • From High School to College to Job
    08 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    If there’s a good kind of autism to have, Ian has it. His IQ for nonverbal tasks, like pattern recognition and visual spacial reasons, is off the charts. He taught himself to read at age three, looked...
  • America's School Buildings Are Crumbling
    01 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Congress is currently in a death match trying to decide how big Biden’s Infrastructure bill should be. Should government spend $1 trillion on rebuilding America’s roads, bridges, and buildings? Or sho...
  • PTSD, Autism, and Overcoming Our Demons From the Past
    24 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    “Sir Top - Sir Topham Hatt, he's the head of the railway! There is no doubt about that, controller of the line!” - Song from Thomas the Tank Engine He's Rolie Polie Olie He's small and spurt and round...
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