Posted in June 2011


* I come home from work with a surprise in my hand. The new Elmo’s World DVD had been leaning against the door when I pulled up. “Brookey Baby,” I sing-song as I walk in the door, “I have a surprise for you!” “You do?” she answers. “Yup, I do.” “What is it?” “It’s a … Continue reading

an honor to be nominated (no, really)

** buzzmommy Buzz Mommy @diaryofamom I sent you an email last night on behalf of Bloganthropy. Did you receive it? It’s important! Via Twitter, June 8 ** I, um, huh? E-mail? Bloganthropy? Think, Jess, think. Oh, wait. Yup. Sure did. And hit delete just as soon as I’d opened it. Why? Because it said “Congratulations, … Continue reading

shouldering the bat – revisited

I’d hoped to write a post today – one that has been rattling around in my head for nearly a week. But writing time just wasn’t there this morning – mostly because when my alarm went off at 4:50, I strung together some phrases that can’t be shared and then reset it for 6:00. So the … Continue reading

what i heard

* Last Thursday evening, I attended a talk at Boston University with Dr. Geri Dawson, Chief Science Officer for Autism Speaks. What follows is the letter that I felt compelled to write to her after hearing her speak.  Ed note: I have written before about Autism Speaks and why I have stuck with them through … Continue reading

someone saw rainman

* The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views…which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering. ~ Doctor Who * There’s simply too much to … Continue reading


* That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity. So to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something. ~ Meredith Monk . Tuesday night My friend sits on my bed, sipping her Skinny Girl Margarita. Luau is downstairs, hosting his Tuesday night card … Continue reading

please see attached

* The following Public Service Announcement is brought to you courtesy of my mom. After reading my post yesterday about the emotional torture of filling out medical forms that doctors don’t seem to have any intention of ever reading, she offered up a sorta brilliant suggestion. As you may remember reading, my mom is a … Continue reading

just a few forms

* The waiting room is crowded and chaotic. We have hurried to get here. Stuck in awful traffic, Brooke and I bolted out of the car, deciding it would be faster on foot. We’d left Luau and Katie to park the car and meet us inside. We had scooted along as well as we could, … Continue reading

dancing in the wind

  ** Diary of a Mom’s Facebook Status – May 28 at 11:48am via Mobile Web: PMS + Autism + Prepubescent Tween + Two Hour Car Ride = God Help Us All. Poor Luau. ~ Diary of a Mom’s Facebook status – May 28 at 12:09pm via Mobile Web: Oh my God. The car air conditioner picked … Continue reading

tornado warning

** For those who may have missed it on Facebook: NEWS FROM NEUROLOGIST – doc does not believe what we’re seeing is seizure activity – EEG clear, looks like a ‘motor tic consistent with autism’. Thank you for your love and your prayers. And to those whose news is different, my heart and my prayers … Continue reading