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{Image is a photo of Katie, Conner, and Brooke together at Disney World in May. Conner is wearing his Mickey Ears.} By now, most of you know my friend, Conner. Conner is the kind of friend that we all pray to have someday. And the kind of person that we all hope to be. He is … Continue reading

the price of independence – sharing it

{image is a photo of the Statue of Liberty} Until we are all free, we are none of us free. – Emma Lazarus (often misattributed to MLK Jr, who later paraphrased Ms Lazarus) – I have so many thoughts about Independence Day that, quite frankly, really have almost nothing to do with the Fourth of … Continue reading

selling fear

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. – I have been asked numerous times over the last twenty-four hours to write a response to yesterday’s … Continue reading

the power of no revisited

the power of no revisited

text of graphic: Saying No can be a radical act but honoring it when we hear it never should be. . To comply:  to conform, submit, or adapt (as to a regulation or to another’s wishes) as required or requested I’ve been struggling with this post. It’s been swimming around in my head for days, growing … Continue reading

out of the shadows

out of the shadows

– Yesterday, I wrote a post about how a dear friend of mine told her son for the first time that there was a name for the constellation of gifts and challenges that help to make him who he is. I told the story about him smiling at the news that he, in his words, … Continue reading

listening, continued

Part One ~ “The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.” — Arundhati Roy That quote is atop Lydia Brown’s blog, Autistic Hoya. It is, in … 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 point

~ OK, So before all of this Joe Scarborough insanity, I had planned to post about something entirely different. Something light-hearted. Something sort of funny even. Now that I’ve dedicated forty-eight hours to Joe (there’s been FAR more behind the scenes than you’ve seen here on the blog) I know that I desperately need to … Continue reading

to lay the barricades aside

~ And it seems so hard To keep it all together When the walls are fallin’ down On every side Yeah but I’ll be damned If I’ll give up on it easy I’ve worked too hard To lay the barricades aside ~ Pat Green Taunting Boo Radley became passe. ~ To Kill a Mockingbird ~ … Continue reading

Dear Joe

* Dear Joe Scarborough, Autism is not dangerous. THIS, however, is. Ignorance is dangerous. Television newscasters diagnosing people they’ve never met is dangerous. A father of a child with Asperger’s who would jump to the conclusion that (an obviously gravely disturbed) mass murderer is autistic is not only dangerous, but appalling. Assuming that a young … Continue reading