Tagged with mike strautmanis

hot potato

{image is a photo of Brooke, standing on her tiptoes, trying to look over our back fence} Last weekend, a comment showed up on Diary’s “About” page: I have been hoping that one day someone with some following would write about the things that tend to divide the autism community. Honestly I think you’re the one. … Continue reading

one house on the block

— To those of you who read Diary without a further connection to autism, I am grateful. I beg you though, please, please always remember as you read … Our autism is just one house on the block, not remotely representative of its neighbors. Our friends need help. And by God they need it now. … Continue reading


* I don’t know how to do this, guys. I really don’t. I don’t know how to write about my visit with Mike. You see, I come here every day and I tell my story. I talk about other people, of course, and sometimes their stories overlap with mine in such a way as to … Continue reading

where to begin

* I have no idea how to begin to process yesterday’s meeting with Mike, no less write about it. It was monumental on so very many levels. From a personal perspective, I still can’t quite wrap my brain around the fact that I spent nearly two hours (in what was scheduled as a thirty minute … Continue reading

dear mr president

* Precious little in your life Is yours by right And won without a fight   ~ Eleanor Mcevoy, Precious Little * May 3, 2012 President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President, My name is Jess Wilson. I have the honor of meeting with your friend and advisor, Mike … Continue reading

what do you want him to know?

* So those of you who have been around here for a while might remember that around this time last year, I wrote THIS,which led to an invitation to THIS which is how I ended up going HERE which I then wrote about HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and then finally HERE. In the … Continue reading


@diaryofamom jess My kingdom to give various iterations of autism their own names. The spectrum is absurdly broad. #Autism is one word but there is no one autism. . ~ Twitter yesterday, 5pm. * “There isn’t AN autism. There are autisms.” ~ Geri Dawson, Autism Speaks Chief Science officer, June 2011 (full post HERE) * … Continue reading