I am so excited for the relaunch of An Intense Life. Over the past month, I’ve been collaborating with other people involved in gifted advocacy and writing, putting together a team of contributors for this blog that I am truly excited about. For today, I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to each of them:

Christine Fonseca – 

Christine Fonseca is a critically acclaimed author of educational titles focusing on the social and emotional needs of gifted children and their families, including Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students and 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids. Trained as a school psychologist, Christine uses her expertise in the field of child development and education to bring stories and advice to her readers.

Donna Leonard – 

I am a: Writer, reader, knitter, crocheter, mom, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece (Not necessarily in that order).
I am enjoying my journey toward the goal of becoming traditionally published. I have come to appreciate and relish the sometimes meandering side trips I continue to take along the way.
You can find my regular blog at: http://manicmeanderings.blogspot.com/
3 kids: Twenty-year-old boy/girl twins, and a ten-year-old girl.
3 cats: Eleven-year-old female, a year-and-a-half-old male, and a nine-month old female.
3 rats: all female, all about a year-and-a-half-old.

Jen Merrill – 
Jen Merrill is a Chicago-based blogger and writer. After years of jamming her twice-exceptional son into various school settings that didn’t quite fit, she’s also now a new homeschooler and couldn’t be happier. Well, she could, but that would involve a lengthy vacation with frou-frou drinks and nightly turn-down service. When she has something to say, Jen says it at Laughing at Chaos. When she has even more to say, it is shouted into the book she is writing (about raising 2e kids without losing the funny, out Summer 2012, and if you have a title suggestion, she is listening).

Kate Arms-Robert – 

Kate is a Toronto-based writer, though she has hailed from various locations in the U.S. and U.K. before landing in Canada. She blogs regularly atwww.katearmsroberts.wordpress.com and is currently working on a fantasy novel for teens.

Identified as a gifted student as a teenager, Kate is learning more about what that really means now that she is parenting four gifted children, including a set of triplets and two homeschooling, twice-exceptional kids.

Lisa Rivero

Lisa Rivero lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she is a writer, college teacher, speaker, and parent. Her published books include Creative Home SchoolingThe Homeschooling Option, A Parent’s Guide to Gifted TeensThe Smart Teens’ Guide to Living with Intensity, and a work of historical fiction for children, Oscar’s Gift: Planting Words with Oscar Micheaux. Her online home is http://lisarivero.com and she also blogs for Psychology Today.

Thomas Furman

Tom began lecturing nationally over 15 years ago on the topic of Giftedness with Learning Disabilities/Twice Exceptional (gld/2e).  He incorporates the notions of Flow (Csikszentmihaly), Multiple Intelligences (Gardner), Entelechy (Aristotle) and other timely educational issues and developments while entertaining audiences with his stories about growing up undiagnosed.

Edith Johnston – 

Edith Johnston is a Missing In Action multi-talent that has various degrees and lots of different jobs to follow her interests and passions throughout the years.  She enjoys providing tools for others to understand, overcome, develop, express, and connect their multi-talents and all the facets of being yourself with exuberance.

You can learn more about her journey and the tools she has gathered at



So there you go, an introduction to us. We all hope that you enjoy the future posts and let us know what questions you have or what else you would like to see!


7 thoughts on “WELCOME BACK!

  1. Looks like a cool team line-up! Best of luck on the collaboration. As a former early elementary special education teacher, I’m all for more helpful material for these kids and their parents. Hoorah for the “square pegs!”

  2. thanks for gathering this wonderful team! i can’t wait to read future posts and gather all the information i can. as a mother of two GT children and one LD child (who i suspect also has traits of GT) this blog will be a great resource to me 🙂

    1. I think you’ll find a lot of great info here, Amie. Many of the contributors have faced things similar to your issues/concerns etc

  3. I’m excited to read from all of these new contributors. You do so much for gifted children and I cannot wait to see all the help and support this collaboration will bring to parents of and children who are gifted!

    1. I am thrilled as well! This is an amazing team and I think everyone is really going to like what they have to say.

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