Posted in December 2012

stepping into the void

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~ Following the horrific shooting in an Aurora Colorado movie theater in July, Joe Scarborough made the outrageous … Continue reading

responding to fear with facts

~ – Right in the middle of the comments on that post tonight was this one. “It’s not a myth and you know it. It may not be the case with your child but a huge majority lack that feeling for others and themselves while being oddly disconnected and at the same time brilliant. We … Continue reading

the north pole

~ The other night, we went to the North Pole. We rode the Polar Express to get there, and had a quick meeting with the big guy on the way. . He was apparently just as shocked to see us as we were to see him. . We rode some rides, as you do. We … Continue reading

further reading

* Yesterday, since I’d taken the day off of work to host an Aide Appreciation Luncheon, we had the rare privilege of having breakfast together as a family. The conversation went something like this … ~ Me to Luau: I really hope that Ms Bazelon responds to my post. Katie, with a mouthful of cereal: … Continue reading

Dear Ms Bazelon

— THE BACK STORY — * Ms Bazelon, As the mother of an autistic daughter, I watched your TEDx talk with great interest. After seeing it, I have some serious concerns about your remarks. Although I have no doubt that you have the best of intentions and sincerely want to help shine a light on … Continue reading

empathy explored – and ignored

Last Tuesday, journalist and author Emily Bazelon gave a talk on girls and autism at TEDxWomen 2012. The link to the video of her talk found its way into my inbox three different times last week. Each time, the sender asked some version of the same question – “What do you think of this?” Each … Continue reading

the mother of all surprises — or not

It was going to be the Mother Of All Surprises. The greatest present since the day that Katie turned three and we woke her on her birthday, bags packed, plane tickets in hand and said, “Hey, do you want to go see Cinderella?” Yup, it was going to be THAT big. Bigger even. Because if … Continue reading


Yesterday, I wrote a post that said this … (Ed note: If you haven’t read it yet, please click HERE so that the rest of this will make sense) ~ Yes, this life is a roller coaster. A big, scary, exhilarating, exhausting, beautiful roller coaster. And it looks something like this … ~ After reading … Continue reading