Life With A Side Of Autism


Monday, January 22, 2018

Lunaria Adds Another Superhero To Its Comic Book Lineup - And This One Has Autism

Liam Keegan Murray and Brandon Scott Jensen wanted a different sort of superhero - one you don't see often in the world of comic books. They wanted a hero on the autism spectrum, and BLACKOUT brought that dream to life. 

Produced by Jensen Entertainment, BLACKOUT is set in the universe of Lunaria, a new superhero serial starring Willa McCabe- a young news intern who is moonlighting as a costumed vigilante called "Lunaria." She's super-powered and she's ready to kick ass. But after the death of a great super-hero, she must be prepared do something she's never done before- team up with other vigilantes, in order to solve a greater mystery. 

You can order your own copy of BLACKOUT here, or visit the Lunaria Facebook page for more info about the series.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Time For Another Edition Of "What Did I Just See?"

You never know what you're going to find trawling the back alleys and musty corners of the internet. A whole lot of it is stuff you wish you hadn't seen, but once in a while you happen on something relatively tame viewing-wise that still leaves you scratching your head or recoiling in fear and confusion.

So here's my latest collection - enjoy!

Ain't nothin' like a belly of bees to announce your happy news:

For those truly special occasions:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

10 Kids Who Know How To Make Homework Fun

Ah, school days. Endless monotony broken up by bouts of fun and frequent moments of sheer frustration. Homework was never much part of the fun, was it? But these kids know how to rock an assignment. Check out the stuff their teachers had to keep a straight face through! (You can click on any of these to enlarge if you need to)

It pays to know your history:

Monday, January 15, 2018

Autism Barbers Assemble Gives Autism-Friendly Haircuts To Kids On The Spectrum

James Williams (known professionally as "Jim the Trim") is a barber from South Wales with an impressive resume (BBA British Barber of the Year for 2017) who is in high demand for his workshops on haircutting and coloring techniques. He's got a lot on his plate between travel, teaching and special appearances, but somehow he found time to use those skills for some solid good.

James is somewhat of an autism whisperer when it comes to haircuts. A haircut can be a difficult thing for children on the spectrum. They have to sit very still, cut hair can be very itchy (which is a sensory nightmare), the clippers may buzz too loudly near their ears, the smell of disinfecting solutions and hair care products can be overwhelming - in short, it's like navigating a minefield for a child with autism.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Having A Long Commute Is Kind Of Nice, Actually

I drive eighty-two miles each weekday. Forty-one miles up. Forty-one miles back. I have coworkers who find that insane, and I have coworkers who make a scoffing sound and then tell me about their hundred-plus mile commute. I guess it's all a matter of what you can tolerate, or have to tolerate.

It's a "have to" in my case, unfortunately. I live in a rather rural area beyond the western suburbs of a big city (I like to call it "Pennsyltucky") and I love where I live. My neighborhood and town and school district are pretty great. The only downside is the pay scale. When I was last scoping out the job market, I began my interviews as close to home as I could get. We have a moderately-sized city just up the road, and lots of industry around us, and my skill set can work in a large variety of corporate environments. I thought it'd be a cake walk finding something close to home.

I found it, all right--at $15-$20k less a year in salary than I'd had in my previous jobs. If I wanted those salary levels, I had to move into the suburbs closer to the big city. So I settled on a good company with outstanding benefits that was forty-five easy cruising minutes down a major highway that's relatively uncongested out my direction, and eight years later, I'm still making that commute.five days a week.

The truth is, I don't mind it much.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Time For Another Dose Of Bathroom Humor!

I suppose you're all wondering why I called you here today . . .

That's right! Time once again to visit the auspicious chamber that houses the porcelain throne. My travels through the internet have brought me to this place, and I'm taking you down with me as we circle the bowl. Check out these interesting venues!

For when you're expecting company:

If you need just a tiny bit more privacy:

Monday, January 8, 2018

Ky's Story: Kids With Autism Grow Into Adults With Autism

Hugo Weaving is an actor known for his roles in The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings series, but did you know he has a family member on the autism spectrum? Hugo would very much like you to meet his nephew, Ky.

The point Hugo and Ky are trying to make is that kids with autism become adults with autism. They have lives, jobs, and challenges that are unique to them which make those lives and jobs more difficult to flesh out for themselves sometimes.

Let's use some understanding and some patience, and let everyone have a shot at a good and fulfilling life.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

This Is NOT How I Wanted To Start My Year

Yep. That's one shredded tire. And while it is an utterly lousy thing, at least it happened driving down the street I live on last night and not on the Pennsylvania Turnpike during my morning commute in 5 degree weather - and traveling 70+ mph.

So, there's that at least.

But shredding the hell out of a tire a week after Christmas? When I'm dead broke? When my daughter is scheduled to take her driver's license test in this vehicle in two days? And we scheduled 6 months ago and barely got a spot so if we reschedule it could be a looooong wait and let me tell you - she ain't happy.

I would joke and say "Things can only go up from here" but in the grand scheme of things, a shredded tire is far from being the worst thing that could happen to me. I've learned not to ever think I'm at the bottom, believe me.


Sorry for the rant. This is just really, really crappy timing. I had a post all played out in my head for today about my goals for the new year, but right now, all I can do is grumble and eat cinnamon rolls. AND I DESERVE THEM AND I'LL HIT YOU IN THE FACE IF YOU TELL ME ANY DIFFERENT.

Back to normal tomorrow, I promise. But for now? You can have my cinnamon roll when you pry it from my frozen, tire-scuffed fingers.