I think this summed up the intensity of giftedness in a nutshell. The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend … Continue reading The Crippling Intensity of Being Gifted
Gifted children (and adults) are often not understood by most people. It’s very similar to an invisible disability in a way, especially when the gifted one keeps it a secret as long as possible. There is a connection between invisible disabilities and giftedness. When I started writing about being gifted and learning disabled back in … Continue reading Invisible Advocate
When I was a kid, I went to public schools, but they did me no service. I was not diagnosed as having a learning disability until my senior year of college. I knew our girls had strengths and weaknesses, and they needed to be addressed. Unfortunately our experience in the public school realm displayed a lack … Continue reading Homeschooling and LD and Falling Through the Cracks Oh My!
I read. I read books and blogs and articles and I am pulled into the miasma of it all, overwhelmed, adrift in the sea of words and caught up in the ebb and flow of …everything. It’s amazing. I love it and yet it makes me doubt myself even more. My self-doubt of why my … Continue reading Finding a voice
Resilience [ri-zil-yuh ns, ri-zil-ee-uh ns] the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed or stretched; elasticity. ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy. what I wish I had all of the time I don’t and just want to curl up and take … Continue reading Resilience vs Inner Drive
Not long ago at a seminar I attended, I did an exercise that asked everyone to draw what they wanted to be as a child. We shared our drawings with the group I was in. Some drew cowboys, others superheroes, and I drew a knight slaying a dragon. At first I wondered the relevance of … Continue reading How the heck do I nurture my soul??
Wow, creativity. The thought of forced creativity is scary for me because it’s like saying, “You’re a funny guy. Say something funny.” I have a hard time being creative on the spot. My daughters have no reservation when it comes to being creative though. And now that we are homeschooling, I get to see creativity … Continue reading What does creativity look like?
I didn’t post in January, but I really wanted to. I just couldn’t announce publicly that we were pulling our kids out of school and starting our homeschooling process. It’s been a really hard decision for my wife and I because we both believe so highly in education. Our 2 in school were facing very … Continue reading New Beginnings and Jumping in with Both Feet
I let my wife know I was struggling with this month's blog post and she had my back. She had written something a while back and when I told her I was having a hard time with this blog, she shared it with me. She said that even though it might not fit in with … Continue reading Love Rollercoaster
“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.” ― Elie Wiesel I didn’t grow up knowing I was gifted. I didn’t grow up knowing I was learning disabled. I grew up scrapping for any bit of knowledge … Continue reading A Need for Selfish Gratitude