Friday, October 20, 2017

Why Do People Write? Also, #MeToo…

People write for a lot of reasons. I write because when I don’t, my histories gather together and stick like magnets inside of me. Combined, they’re heavy and awkward and fall down to my feet and then climb back up to churn my stomach, clog my lungs, and hunch my shoulders. I write because while […]

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Dear Kim

(Editor’s note: this is the letter I would write to myself if I were an old lady telling my younger self things would be okay, even after both boys were diagnosed with autism) Dear Kim, Hi hon. I want you to know, I see how exhausted you are. You just got your severely autistic five-year-old […]

Monday, October 9, 2017

Transition

I have to tell you readers, my brain is spinning a bit lately. You see, my son, my beautiful severely autistic son, turned fourteen this spring, which means his next IEP meeting is a “transition” meeting. In an effort to prepare I googled “transition,” and it means “the process or period of changing from one […]

Monday, October 2, 2017

Shades of Gray

It was a simple question, asked at a party of people I hadn’t seen in years. “What grade is Justin in now?” was the query, but the truth is I had to stop and think about it because they don’t really do grades at his private autism school. “He’s in ninth” I replied, and we […]

Monday, September 25, 2017

Dear Soon-to-be-ex-case-manager

Dear Soon to be ex-Case Manager, The call from you came yesterday with that bland generic “my sons’ public school district’s” phone number popping up, and as always, I held my breath. Is Zach sick? Did I forget to send in his lunch (again)? Is Justin’s placement in jeopardy (Dear God no, it’s too early […]

Thursday, September 21, 2017

“Loving Lindsey” by Linda Atwell – A Personal Author Interview and Book Review (OOH and a giveaway!)

I spoke with a mama last night. She’s spent the past seven years, off and on, writing a book. A really great book. “Loving Lindsey” by Linda Atwell – A Personal Author Interview and Book Review (OOH and a giveaway!) First though…some thoughts. Each mama knows that newborn babies who become children (and suddenly teens […]

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Enough

I still remember the day I knew my autistic son would remain on the severe end of the spectrum. Justin was five, and in the last few weeks of his pre-school program before he would transition back into district to his hometown public school. I recall going to his classroom for some type of program, […]