Posted in September 2011

the conversation revisited

Just before bed last night, I exchanged texts with a friend who has a son Brooke’s age who is on the spectrum. I’ve met her in person once. She was telling me that she had taken her son to see Dolphin Tale and was trying to convince me that I needed to go see it … Continue reading

weekend in pictures – part one and a half

Fire house pictures are next; I promise. But I really, really wanted to share this next group of shots first. They may not look like much to the casual observer, but I know full well there ain’t a casual observer among us in this crowd, so I trust you’ll understand my enthusiasm. While the various … Continue reading

weekend in pictures – part one

On Saturday, I was determined to do something fun with the girls in Daddy’s absence. The day was hot, sticky and overcast and the skies were threatening to open at any moment. Which I realized, in our world, was perfect. The normally packed-to-the-gills orchard would be more or less empty. Because, well, who wants to … Continue reading


Happy Monday, friends. I hope you all had a good weekend. Here at the Diary house we had a pretty spectacular weekend, despite the fact that we were down one Daddy for most of it. Luau spent most of Saturday and all of Sunday up in Vermont running his first Ultramarathon. I have no idea … Continue reading


Katie, September 2008 . When I first approached Luau with concerns about Brooke’s development nearly five and a half years ago, he dismissed them. Back then my argument was based largely on a comparison of her developmental trajectory to her sister’s. “Hon,” he said numerous times, “you can’t compare her to Katie. Katie is an … Continue reading

the next right thing

* A fellow mom asked for my help the other day. She was overwhelmed and needed someone to tell her she was going to get through the place she was in. I’m a pretty good person to go to when you’re in the Land of Overwhelm. I know that place like the back of my … Continue reading

CARA – The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act

Yesterday, after introduction by the Republican majority, the House of Representatives approved HR 2005, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act. The act was approved by Unanimous Consent. The moment would have been cause for celebration, but the vote brought little relief to this community. Because in the Senate politics were, once again, taking center stage. Now, … Continue reading

we both know i’m lying

Survivor, survivor’s, or survivors guilt or syndrome is a mental condition … It may be found among survivors of combat, natural disasters, epidemics, among the friends and family of those who have committed suicide, and in non-mortal situations such as among those whose colleagues are laid off. The experience and manifestation of survivor’s guilt will … Continue reading