Posted in October 2008

me and jenny

  So check it out. I’m an official RESOURCE on Autism Speaks. Scroll down to the middle of the page. You’ll find me right above Jenny McCarthy, which I think is kinda funny. What’s that? Oprah on line two? Coming, O …

tell me i did the right thing

. “The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides.”  ~ Henri-Frederic Amiel I just got off the phone with Randy Price, the NBC news anchor here in our city. He called to ask me to film a family segment for a special they are running on the upcoming Autism … Continue reading

kind of like me

. There is a little girl at Brooke’s school who she knows from preschool. Let’s call her Clara. Clara is an absolute delight. She is smart and sweet and engaging. Like Brooke, she is on the spectrum. Also like Brooke, she is a social creature who seems to thrive on interaction. Clara is Brooke’s friend. I don’t mean to … Continue reading

at what cost?

  . “Don’t say that,” she screeches. “Don’t tell me there’s nothing they can do.”  She grabs Charlie and presses his head against her bosom.  “He’s going to be normal, whatever we have to do, whatever the cost.” ~ Rose Gordon (Charlie’s mother), Flowers for Algernon I went to see a speaker the other night … Continue reading

my people

    Cast off the shackles of yesterday! Shoulder to shoulder into the fray! Our daughters’ daughters will adore us And they’ll sing in grateful chorus “Well done, Sister Suffragette!” ~ Mrs Banks, Mary Poppins Last night at bedtime, Katie asked me to name my favorite book. I rattled a few of my old standbys … Continue reading

generalization (or not)

  ***    – Generalization is Not Automatic – * Unfortunately, generalization is not automatically guaranteed * If you don’t do something to intentionally make it happen, you should expect it to not happen * Individuals with autism tend to have a particularly difficult time with generalization * This is true in home life and at … Continue reading

the itsy bitsy spider

  The itsy bitsy spider Climbed up the water spout Down came the rain and washed the spider out Out came the sun and dried up all the rain And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again Two and a half years ago, we went to a town fair. It was a typical New … Continue reading

mama's here

  “I’ve had a wonderful time, but this wasn’t it. ~ Groucho Marx At 4:30 yesterday morning, I heard Brooke crying. This was not a whimper or a cry for attention. This was an all out, can’t breathe, seriously distressed CRY. I ran to her room and opened the door. I searched for her in the darkness. … Continue reading


I had a weekend that I am not sure that I am ready to write about yet. It will likely come out in bits and pieces as I manage to break it down and process small shards of it, but in the meantime, here are some of the basics.                I had dinner on Friday night with John Elder … Continue reading

rainy weekend part 2 – charity begins at home

  The rains continued through Sunday. We had watched a movie, played games, done a puzzle, and stamped out and ‘fed’ an exceedingly long line of play-doh animals. Since I’d spent much of the morning alone with Brooke, I made an effort to devote some special time in the afternoon to Katie.    She’s been asking … Continue reading