godspell, again, still, more – part two

godspell, again, still, more – part two

Learnin’ every line and every last commandment May not help you but it couldn’t hurt First ya gotta read ’em then ya gotta heed ’em Ya never know when you’re gonna need ’em Just as old Elijah said to Jezebel You better start to learn your lessons well Lyrics, Learn Your Lessons Well, Godspell As … Continue reading

godspell, again, still, more

godspell, again, still, more

Brooke at her first performance of Godspell, a dress rehearsal* at a local theater. She is holding her Jesus doll so that he can see too.  I almost don’t want to write this. I’m afraid that somehow the words won’t be big enough or that the joy will escape before I can figure out how … Continue reading

trade ya

{image is a very silly photo of Brooke and Katie. at the zoo a couple of years ago. I think Katie is trying to kiss her sister, though one can never be entirely sure.} A note to my more literal-minded friends: The following is drenched in sarcasm. I assure you that no one in my … Continue reading

love shows up – a circle 5 years in the making

I wrote the following post in May of 2010 for a website called Hopeful Parents. Yesterday, I found it in my Draft folder. Sometimes, for all the miles we travel, we find ourselves right back where we started, the lessons once learned patiently waiting to say, “Yes, still.” – When I was thirteen, I broke … Continue reading

save draft

save draft

I spent some time yesterday skimming through a few of the 226 unpublished posts in my drafts folder. Half-told stories, overly flowery drivel from my I’m So Poetic phase, even some rather Proustian stream of consciousness crap. A little something for everyone I suppose, and most of it right where it belongs (in post purgatory, never to … Continue reading

zero tolerance for intolerance

. {image is a photo of a woman’s feet on a coffee table next to a teacup. Borrowed from here.}  . As many of you know, I have what I like to pithily call a “zero tolerance for intolerance” policy on Diary. That seems to confuse some folks, so I thought it might be helpful to … Continue reading

what’s gonna work?

what’s gonna work?

{image is a photo of the Wonder Pets, under which the text reads, “What’s Gonna Work?” (The next line is the song is, “Teeeeeeamwork.”} The other day, I posted a story about a lovely conversation that I’d had with Brooke’s SLP about her IEP (Individualized Education Plan.) The truth is, I’ve grown hesitant about writing … Continue reading

to the autistic people in the crowd

to the autistic people in the crowd

I had made a decision. Before I said anything else, I would say this. Even if it were technically only addressed to 3 out of the 240 people in that room, it mattered. And it mattered that the other 237 hear it. This is what I said. Ed note: I did my best to transcribe the words … Continue reading

what i learned in (very) northern maine

what i learned in (very) northern maine

On Saturday night, I had the honor and delight of sharing the podium with Michele Gauvin at the Aroostook County Autism Support fundraiser. A few notes on Aroostook, or, “The County,” as I’ve learned to call it … It’s in Northern Maine. What you’re now thinking? Further North. Nope, further than that. It’s North of … Continue reading

writer’s block, by katie

writer’s block, by katie

Katie’s English assignment was to write something using all of the following vocabulary words. Provocation Feeble Ruthless Livid Umbrage Tirade Commence Altercation Formidable Pensive Resilient Reverent Tranquil Succinct Acquiescence Uncouth Impassive Ramshackle She was struggling with where to start. I told her to start in the middle. “I hate that advice,” she said. It finally … Continue reading