Life With A Side Of Autism


Monday, May 30, 2016

Always Remember Those Who Gave Their All

"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example."

  ~Benjamin Disraeli

Friday, May 27, 2016

Signs Point To Friday! Let's Have Some Fun!

It's Friday, and I'm ready to laugh my way into weekend. Join me, won't you? 

These guys have a simple plea:

Are you kidding me???


Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Husband Learns That Poop Is Inevitable When Parenting

He was incredibly proud of the fact that poop had never touched his hands.

While other people bragged about their new baby's cuteness, or intelligence, or the fact that they clearly inherited both from only one side of the family, my husband chose to brag about the fact that he'd been changing diapers off and on (mostly off) for fourteen months and had not ever, not once gotten any feces on his hands. He was fiercely proud of it, too. As if he had some poo-repelling gene or some Daddy superpower that other men would surely trade a part of their souls to have.

He should have known better than to mock the excrement gods.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: He Wants To Write His Own Story

Mom, are you still going to write a book?
Yes, David, I write books. I'm working on a new one.
Is it about me?
No. But I've already written a book about you, remember?
Was I a hero? Or a villain?
A hero. Definitely a hero.
Was I super? 
Like, did you have super powers?
Sort of. You're just really good at being you.
I think I want to be invisible.
So I could fart more.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It Takes All Kinds Of People To Make History - And We Need To Know Them All

I've always been fascinated by history. I've said more than once that if I weren't a writer, or an actress, I would have loved to have been a cultural anthropologist. Those three things are related, as far as I'm concerned. Think of all the stories that anthropologists and archaeologist unearth! And they get to tell them, reimagine them, disseminate them. It's just fascinating.

Of course, much of that comes from the written word, wherever it has survived. The only problem with that is that history is often recorded by the winners. It's susceptible to the same journalistic slants and prejudices we have today, but back then, there was no internet around to substantiate or refute anyone's words.

And being a man's world up until the most recent of times, much of that surviving history was written by men, and about only men. History only recorded the women if the men hated them severely (like Cleopatra or Boudica) or loved them passionately enough to erect a monument or write a sonnet about them.

I got to thinking about this when I read the story of Lhakpa Sherpa, the most successful female Everest climber of all time (with an astounding six ascents) who is now living as a housekeeper in Hartford, Connecticut. Nobody outside of a tight-knit group of Everest climbers knows her name.

I don't know if history will remember her or me in a thousand years. Maybe that's why we as women work so hard to create the best lives for our children. They are the messages we send forward. They carry us with them, for good or for ill, and pass down the lessons learned from us and in spite of us.

A world full of people, and a history full of their stories. I just wish we knew them all.

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Different Kind Of Special Forces: Meet The Soldiers Of Ro'im Rachok

In Israel, military service in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) is compulsory after graduation - unless you are barred by disability. Autism falls under the disability category, and for many young adults on the spectrum, their inability to serve hinders them in many ways.

Service in the IDF is a rite of passage, a way to bond with your peers, learn valuable skills, and a bridge into a future career once service is completed. All of this was out of reach until recently, when a special unit was formed.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Happy Friday - Time To Get Your Laugh On!

Hallelujah! Friday!! And it finally stopped raining (at least until tomorrow, when it's supposed to come back. What the hell, Pennsylvania??) so I'm in a good mood. Good moods can be contagious, and so can laughter - so I'm going to share some things that made me happy or got me to laugh. 

We'll start with this one: Dad asks his baby daughter "Who's your favorite?":

Prepare yourself for the epic cute of "Meatball on the carousel"