Posted in August 2012

pretend play

 ~ Children on the autism spectrum lack the ability to engage in pretend play. Got it? Don’t forget that, ok? It’s important. We’ll come back to in a minute. But first, how about a few pictures from Sunday night dinner? Ashley is thirsty. I’ll give her some Diet Coke. (No, it’s not Diet Coke. No, … Continue reading

a place to dance

Luau’s Facebook Status today … 4 years ago I cried in a parking lot for 30 minutes because I had to pull my little one out of a ballet recital the day before the performance; 2 years later I had to pull her out of another ballet school because the school simply did not have … Continue reading

me too

~ Because it is a sense of community that makes the good times sweeter for the sharing and the hard times more bearable for knowing that we’re not alone. ~ Diary’s About Page The background: I Promise It’s Time: The Story of my Rape — 23 Years Later * I sent the rough draft of … Continue reading

i promise

~ Yesterday I said the following. I have a post brewing, my friends. A big one. A really sort of terrifying one. One that – as desperately as I want to write it THISVERYSECOND – demands, and deserves, far more than the eight minutes that I have right now to write it. So it will have … Continue reading

back to school

* I have a post brewing, my friends. A big one. A really sort of terrifying one. One that – as desperately as I want to write it THISVERYSECOND – demands, and deserves, far more than the eight minutes that I have right now to write it. So it will have to continue to simmer … Continue reading

luck2tuck – hammer down

  Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.   ~William James I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.   ~ Edward Everett Hale Have you ever … Continue reading

they

~ On Sunday morning, Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) told a reporter from KTVI the following: “It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape is] really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.” Congressman Akin sits … Continue reading

touched

~ ~ We are in the middle of a party. People are chatting, swimming, eating, laughing. Brooke is sitting on a step stripping a stick. This is what she does. She forages for bits and pieces of branches whose bark she can pull clean off, revealing the tender wood below the surface. Her fingernails dig … Continue reading

i’d like to thank the academy

; Last week .. * Katie and I are headed out to dinner, just the two of us. She’s been asking for ages for a Mama date and we’ve finally pulled it off. We’re in the car, crawling in traffic. Yeah, there’s a sushi place right around the corner from the house, but that one … Continue reading

rewriting the script

~ Beginning with the degradation of structure at the end of the school year and then again at the end of ESY, Brooke has been scripting and stimming INTENSIVELY. This is a yearly phenomenon – the transition time and lack of predictability / structure take their toll. As her anxiety goes up, so does her … Continue reading