Posted in April 2015

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I spent some time yesterday skimming through a few of the 226 unpublished posts in my drafts folder.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

the experts

the experts

{image is a screenshot of Bill and Ted from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure} Dr William Acton. Ever heard of him? He was quite renowned in his day (his day being the mid-nineteenth century.) In 1836, at the age of 23, Dr. Acton moved to Paris where he studied the functions of the generative and … Continue reading

my reading list

I don’t have a lot of time to read. Truth be told, I don’t have a lot of time to do much of anything other than the things I actually have to do (and I don’t really even have enough time for those). But reading is a particularly tough thing to pull off. Case in … Continue reading

familiar

I hear her before I see her. Or at least that’s the way I think it happened, looking back now. It’s the sound, the joy, that I remember first. The familiar squeal, the thrum of her fingers, the tap tap tap of a foot gone rogue. I know the kind of joy that fills a space far … Continue reading