Life With A Side Of Autism


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Unfriended For Good

We haven't been face to face in years
In these days of technology and social media
We don't have to be anymore
And maybe that computer screen
Makes you feel safe to spew your hate
In this election season
With words like ni**er and bitch
And the ironic use of the word "pray"
In that same sentence
You're unfriended now 
Because you don't have a damn thing to say
That I'll ever want to hear
But I will say this to you:
With hate like that, you're not much of a friend to lose
Not a friend to the country you so claim to love
And certainly not a friend to yourself
Letting that ugliness take root, grow and flourish
I pity you
But not enough to put up with you anymore
Even through a computer screen

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

How Star Trek Helped Me Explain The Way My Autistic Son Communicates

I had the supreme pleasure of hanging out with an old college friend (not that I'm calling you old, Shawna....we're just old friends. And I promise to stop saying "old"). I was trying to explain to her the way that my son speaks,  with repetitive phrases and chunks of movie dialogue. 

The movie dialogue is often used contextually, but unless you know exactly which movie he's referencing, and how he's tying that into whatever he's trying to get across, it can seem really odd. "It's like Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra," I told her, knowing that Shawna is as big of a geek as I am and would instantly know that reference.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Heartbreaking Post I Read Last Night

I'm sharing this Facebook post today because it needs to be shared, as many times as we can share it.

The post, written by a man named Bob Cornelius, begins:

"For those of you who don't know, my youngest son, Christopher, is on the autistic spectrum. I went to his back to school night on Thursday and took a picture of one of his projects displayed on the wall, one of many cute little cards that all the kids in his class had filled out. It asked him to list his favorite foods, sport, TV shows etc.

I took the picture hurriedly, and didn't notice all the answers he had filled out at that time. It was only after I got home that something stood out upon closer review."

Once Upon A Time – Season 6, Episode 1 Recap: Saviors And Villains

We begin tonight with the iconic opening of thundering hoofbeats as a horse races across the desert, and the smartly generic, “Many Years Ago…” except this horse is being chased by a flying carpet. The rider dismounts at a house to beg a savior for help, but it’s too late.

The carpet has landed and in strolls Jafar, portrayed by Oded Fehr, one of the members of my personal ridiculously oversexed fantasy harem. He's deliciously oily and condescending.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Fun On A Friday: All Signs Point To STUPID

Happy Friday and welcome to a very special edition of Friday signs. In this week's episode, we're going to concentrate on signs made for and by morons. This is quite a lengthy list, so let's get started:

Well, DUH.
Thanks, I'll try to remember that.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Temple Grandin Has A New Book - "The Loving Push"

Once again, a big thank you to reader Janice, for alerting me to Dr. Temple Grandin's latest book, "The Loving Push."

Dr. Grandin, if you're unaware or not part of the autism community, is on the spectrum herself, and renowned for developing key strategies in animal science. She is also a champion of numerous autism-related initiatives. Her biography was made into a major motion picture just a few years ago.

In her latest book, Dr. Grandin discusses the need and the benefit of pushing an autistic child outside their normal comfort zone (gently, of course), and why that can make such a difference in their lives.
I cannot agree with this enough. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: The Adventurer

First day of fall
After a summer of adventure
She ziplined in Costa Rica
She camped the woods of Pennsylvania
She rode rollercoasters and walked through history in Virginia
She bodysurfed some killer waves in Maryland
She sledded white sand and walked through ancient pueblos in New Mexico
She hung out with friends
She slept in every chance she got
She put off her summer homework until the night before school began
Because she was too busy having a summer
And living it large
Now we settle in with our sweaters and leggins
Our pumpkin spice and hot apple cider
Taking a breath and charging up
Next summer will be here before we know it
And she'll be off
And loving it