Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

A Time for Thanks & Maybe a Time to Pray: I Know It Is Not Politically Correct These Days to Say This, but I Have Never Been Accused of Being "Politically Correct" So I Will Say It Anyway. in These Times of Great Challenges, Do You Think It Is Wise to Cast God Aside and Ignore Him?

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

A Time for Thanks & Maybe a Time to Pray: I Know It Is Not Politically Correct These Days to Say This, but I Have Never Been Accused of Being "Politically Correct" So I Will Say It Anyway. in These Times of Great Challenges, Do You Think It Is Wise to Cast God Aside and Ignore Him?

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As we say goodbye to 2013 and welcome in a New Year, I wanted to take a moment to tell each of you how grateful I am for the opportunity to work and be a part of the special needs community. While it has always been the goal of Exceptional Parent (EP) magazine to provide useful, pragmatic information to help you with the challenging, sometimes daunting task of caring for loved ones with chronic lifelong disorders and special needs, the truth of the matter is that I, and all of us at EP, have learned much from each of you every single day.

Your courage, passion, dedication and commitment to make the lives of your families the best they can be fills me with a range of emotions that are difficult to put into words. But it is not so much your courage in the face of extreme adversity that is so impressive. It is your willingness to reach out and help other families faced with similar challenges. The dedication you show to each other by sharing ideas and experiences, or just lending an attentive ear is truly remark-able. You are a source of motivation and inspiration for me and for the people at Exceptional Parent I am so privileged to lead.

You are all truly exceptional. And your exceptionality and resiliency will be put to the test again in 2014

All of us face significant obstacles in 2014, make no mistake. There are difficult times ahead as we try to reconcile and come to grips with a new law and health care system few people really understand. Then too, we are still a nation with high unemployment, a stagnant economy despite the rhetoric out of Washington, and an incomprehensible level of national debt now in excess of $17 trillion, and rising, which, if left unchecked, will eat at the fabric of our nation for years to come. Donations and sponsorships for worthy causes are more difficult to come by and it seems every day we learn about some new scandal that has rocked our government. And, we are still faced with the scourge of terrorism not just from abroad but also right here at home. These are difficult times indeed.

I am by no means a saint and I can assure you that there will be no movement towards my canonization. But I grew up Roman Catholic and I try to practice my religion every day. Now, I know it is not politically correct these days to say this, but I have never been accused of being "politically correct" so I will say it anyway. …

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