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Conflict Resolution
February 22, 2016 11:05 AM by Devon Alley
In case you haven't noticed, I've been lagging behind in the blog, lately. Most of this has to do with personal issues - with my mother's ongoing battle with cancer, and my grandmother's failing health, I haven't had very much in the way of "free time" Read More...
Her Podcast Debut
May 4, 2015 9:33 AM by Devon Alley
Recently, A. was a guest for my friend Elle’s podcast: Into It. True to the overall theme, this episode focused on one of A.’s very favorite subjects: Pokemon. I’ve mentioned Elle on this podcast before. A. is her goddaughter, and she’s been a close friend Read More...
Another Renaissance Fair
November 25, 2014 10:39 AM by Devon Alley
One afternoon, A. brought home a small flyer that one of her teachers had given her at school. It was an advertisement for a new East Tennessee Renaissance Festival that was beginning to get its legs in the region. The festival would take place in Harriman, Read More...
Celebrate the Awesome
October 16, 2014 10:10 AM by Devon Alley
I've been really terrible about writing over the past couple of months. Mostly, it's because I haven't managed to sculpt out a new daily routine that allows for the time I need to devote to the art. Caring for an infant is time-consuming and often very Read More...
It's Easy Being a Mom
September 17, 2014 8:28 AM by Devon Alley
Now that I have a two month old at home, I've been thinking a lot about motherhood, lately. It's interesting, because I think when you are new to motherhood, you spend a lot of time thinking about what kind of mother you are going to be - what sort of Read More...
Daughter of the Ocean, Queen of the Sky
August 6, 2013 12:20 PM by Devon Alley
If there's one thing A. enjoys, it's a trip to the beach. So, for our family vacation this summer, we traveled to Perdido Key, Florida, to spend a week on the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. Needless to say, A. had a blast. There's a lot to be said for Read More...
Using New Tools
December 19, 2012 11:53 AM by Devon Alley
Trying to help A. find a way to streamline her chore list has been a little bit of a struggle. It's the thing she most often gets in trouble for -- forgetting to do specific chores, or only doing them halfway. She has a habit of lying about doing her Read More...
She's A Little Rock Star
August 30, 2012 1:31 PM by Devon Alley
I know that A. really enjoys singing. She wanted to sing in the talent show last year, but the acts were cut due to time constraints. If you're upstairs while she's on the computer, her voice fills the house. The issue is that she generally sings the Read More...
Helping Your Autistic Child Deal with Young Peers
March 7, 2012 1:38 PM by Devon Alley
My daughter, A., is an only child -- at least, for now. While for a brief period of time she really wanted a sibling, she has now decided she is better off without one, and dislikes the fact that Thomas and I are considering trying for a baby sometime Read More...
Vacation Part One: Weathering the Storms
September 15, 2011 11:38 AM by Devon Alley
This is part 1 of a 3 part series on our summer vacation. To read part 2 click here . To read part 3 click here . So, the first week of September, we had a Big Alley Family Vacation. This was A. and I's first time participating in this time-honored tradition Read More...
The Silver Lining
March 7, 2011 7:47 PM by Devon Alley
This past Sunday, I was teaching my 4th & 5th Grade Classroom about Resiliency as a tool from the Unitarian Universalist Toolbox of Faith , and I led them through an exercise on resiliency that I actually found on the Fishful Thinking website about Read More...
It's Not A Bribe
January 31, 2011 12:09 AM by Devon Alley
Every night, when I tuck my daughter into bed, I always ask her if she's had a good day. Occasionally, I'll even ask her what her favorite thing was about the day, especially if she seems to be having a difficult time finding something good about the Read More...
November's Been A Good Month
November 30, 2010 9:35 PM by Devon Alley
A. brought her mid-term report card home last week. She's making all B's and C's, and she's actually making an A in Work Habits. It's really amazing the progress that A. has been making in school ever since she moved to the CDC classroom. There have been Read More...
In Celebration of the Good Days
November 13, 2010 8:54 PM by Devon Alley
While I was at work Friday afternoon, I received a phone call from A.'s teacher. Initially, I was concerned -- perhaps she'd fallen sick, perhaps she'd had another uncontrollable meltdown, perhaps there was some other crisis that would require my intervention Read More...


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