Author: kmantoan

{SQT} Eight Years Of Blogging Love

Today marks EIGHT years since I started my blog. ***E.I.G.H.T. *** I know that doesn’t seem like much to some people out there, but in an era when many websites come and go, eight years is actually like, 56 years on the world wide web (is anyone still calling it that?). Seeing as today’s Quick Read More

Reader Interrogation Time!

Happy St. Valentine’s Day, or happy feast of Sts Cyril and Methodius! I’m going to celebrate by performing in my church’s dinner theater production! While I expect everything to go well, and for the show to be well recieved, I will be glad to be done. I’m ready to have my weeknights back. I love Read More

Self-Care for Special Needs Moms

I was supposed to have my revised manuscript turned in by January 31st, but as you can guess, that didn’t happen. The upside to my release date being pushed out is that I easily got an extension to continue working on the revisions. The downside is I really just want to be done and not Read More

{SQT} NYC Takes

Coming to you from the NJ Transit waiting area at Penn Station in New York City, it’s Quick Takes! I just attended Jennifer Fulwiler’s comedy show (part of her Naughty Corner Tour) at an intimate venue downtown (or was it uptown? or on the West Side? I have no idea.) I wasn’t sure it would Read More

Seven Quick Reasons

BOOK EDITS, BOOK EDITS, BOOK EDITS! PLAY PRACTICE, PLAY PRACTICE, PLAY PRACTICE! NO SLEEP! This week’s Seven Quick Takes are being hosted by my friend Jen at Meditatio. Swing on over and link up beginning at 12 a.m. EST. More from me at some later date. Thanks Jen! Read More

{SQT} Being Small Time Famous and The Ripples We Don’t See

Another week, another post about approaching deadlines. Okay, not just deadlines, I’m also writing about a funeral so, good times all around. 1.In order to make sure I’m making progress on my manuscript, I’m back to writing every day, ideally for at least two hours, while the boys are at school. Since that’s a large Read More

{SQT} My Family Tree, Stomach Bug Free, and Kids With Greed

Back this week with some original scented Quick Takes. Almost got the title to rhyme too. 1.Last week my sister discovered after several hours on Ancestery.com that we’re 1/16th Jewish. Russian Jews to be exact. Tony casually wondered if that degree of Jewish-ness was enough to get one killed under the Third Reich, which led Read More

2020 Vision

How is it already time for another New Year’s Resolutions post? I blinked and 2019 was OVER. Time to reflect, choose a new beast, and think about what I want to accomplish this year. Previous years posts: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Last year at this time, we had just closed on our Read More

{SQT} Home Movie Edition

Merry Christmas!!! I can’t believe it’s already been a week since I last promised you some late Quick Takes. But never fear, I’m delivering this week in the form of a video. I wanted to make a better effort to shoot some pictures and videos of our family’s holiday celebrations this year because it’s our Read More

{SQT} I Don’t Even Remember What’s Going On Anymore

Happy Feast of St. Lucy! I hope your day included fresh baked goods, whether from a can that explodes when you open it, or mixed from scratch. Maybe you had a daughter in a crown that served you, or maybe you munched down on St. Lucy cake piecemeal among school, sports, and family commitments like Read More

Tiny Tim and the Blind Boy: Why the Types of Stories We Tell About Disabled People Matter

Earlier this week, a new acquaintance, who’d just learned about my background as a special needs parent and my writing on the subject forwarded me an email message he’d received from a friend. He thought maybe I would want to include it on my blog or in my book. He was right. I do want Read More

{SQT} Thankful

Last week was the grumpy Takes post. This week, I didn’t want to subject y’all to that again even though Teddy developed a stomach bug on Monday and is still sick as of this post. (Thankfully, Fulton had no more symptoms and is still healthy.) But yesterday was Thanksgiving, and Sunday starts the new liturgical Read More

{SQT} Over It

***SIGH*** 1.I know I’m supposed to be a pro with this whole special needs parenting thing, and if you want advice on in-patient hospital stays, I’m your gal! But frankly, I’m just over it right now. Even when you have a routine down and the hospital staff all recognize you, it’s hard. I don’t like Read More

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