my house

my house

In case you missed it, it’s been a busy few days over on the Diary Facebook page. It started with a celebration of the marriage of these two delightful pensioners, as newly allowed by the Supreme Court decision. Together for FIFTY-FIVE years, they were the first couple to be married in Dallas County, TX. How … Continue reading

a meltdown is not a tantrum

a meltdown is not a tantrum

{image is a photo of a young man curled into a ball, covering his head with his hands} – On the outside it might look like a sudden explosion, but it’s actually the final few minutes of a process that may have taken hours or even days to develop. Bec at Snagglebox, What Does a … Continue reading

dear suzanne – again

dear suzanne – again

Dear Suzanne, It seems we’re here again. I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be having a different version of the same old tired conversation. But I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know how else to counter the harm that you continue to do in the name of some … Continue reading

the color blue

the color blue

{image is a hand painted mosaic rainbow lightbulb and the beautiful, multicolored light which it casts. Click on the image to order one from MoodLights on Etsy, with whom I have no affiliation whatsoever} As many of you know, after years of trying desperately to change the way in which Autism Speaks approaches autism advocacy, I … Continue reading

i like being autistic

i like being autistic

September, 2010 Brooke is seven years old. We spent the day at an “Autism Walk.” Did she hear the speaker that called autism a ‘disease’? Did she hear the young adult standing in front of us repeating over and over – and over – again, “Were at the Autism Walk. That’s for me. We’re at … Continue reading

playing favorites

playing favorites

 I wanted to find an image of an actual Welcome mat, but then I found this and it’s got wellies AND a rainbow, and well, doesn’t it just make you feel welcome? Moving on … I’ve been struggling with something. Wrestling with right and wrong and the rights of the wronged and egos and bruised … Continue reading

no more – a letter to suzanne wright

no more – a letter to suzanne wright

My girl cracking herself up with scripts last night I was once asked, “If you have so much trouble with the fact that Autism Speaks uses the words “disease” and “cure” in its marketing materials, what would you have them say instead?” I thought about it for a moment, and said, “Well, I suppose I’d … Continue reading