Posted in July 2008

triage

  My friend, Scott called me yesterday.  Whoa! Don’t just keep reading.  Click on Scott’s name and read the story. Please. Pretty please. This is important, folks. This MATTERS. You click. Read the whole article. I’ll wait. “I need help, Jess.” Sometimes, life is a game of triage.     What matters most? What needs my attention most urgently? … Continue reading

the kandinsky is painted on two sides

“Oh, this is a Kandinsky!”  “A double – one painted on either side.”                   “May I see?”                   “Yes, of course.”                   “Extraordinary.” “What makes it exceptional is that Kandinsky painted on either side … Continue reading

top of the world, ma

    “Ain’t no stopping us now. We’re on the move.”   ~McFadden and Whitehead “Coordination disorder” “Motor planning difficulties” “Generalized anxiety” “Brooke at the top of a climbing wall at a local kid’s gym” I’ll take door number four, Monty. Hear me now, folks. Come a little closer. I don’t want you to miss this. … Continue reading

you're gonna miss this

“Before she knows it she’s a brand new bride In her one bedroom apartment And her daddy stops by He tells her it’s a nice place She says, ‘It’ll do for now’ Starts talkin’ about babies, and buyin a house Daddy shakes his head And says baby just slow down     Cuz’ you’re gonna’ miss this … Continue reading

why? because!

Brooke and I were playing with her Dora the Explorer Colorforms the other night. She put a Colorform glass of water on top of the Colorform Benny the Bull. Ooh! The perfect naturalistic opportunity to give a shot at the “WHY/ BECAUSE” that we’ve been working so hard to cultivate. Oh, by the way, pardon the interruption, but I wanted … Continue reading

can you hear me now? is this thing on?

    “I’ll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get … Continue reading

let freedom ring

          Katie and I were holding hands, walking through the parking lot of our local mall this weekend when she broke into song. She’s a break into song kinda girl.      My country, ’tis of thee,  Sweet land of liberty,  Of thee I sing;  Land where my fathers died,  Land of the pilgrims’ pride,  … Continue reading

in how many you go?

    *** Warning!  What follows will have no more than a passing acquaintance with the rules of English grammar and punctuation. It’s 5am and I don’t have the patience to edit. Sorry, Mom. *** We all have challenges. We all have our little quirks and things that we know will be difficult for us. … Continue reading

1,2,3 eyes on me

For a brief period last night, I couldn’t get Brooke to make eye contact with me. Indulge me, if you would. I’m going to take a moment and relish that sentence. Roll it around a little bit. For a BRIEF PERIOD I couldn’t get her to make eye contact. There was another “brief period” a while back where we couldn’t get … Continue reading

we interrupt our usual programming for an announcement

                                       All right, friends, family, and people that I know and mostly like,   Here’s my story (and I’m sticking to it) .. I got an unexpected delivery last night from the Apple store. It turned out to be a brand spankin new 80GB iPod Classic courtesy of Autism Speaks. It was apparently donated as an incentive prize for … Continue reading