Doughnut Burger

This post is going to be a jumble-potpourri-mishmash of things (sort of like this doughnut burger, hence the title) because too many things are on my mind at the moment. 1) We don't know if Charlie is going to have yet another snow day Tuesday. No word yet from his school as I type this … Continue reading

Off Season? Never Heard of It

Though Sunday was a grey day, we went, as noted above by Charlie, to the ocean. If you've read my blogging from the days when I wrote My Son Has Autism, Charlie is in his natural element at the ocean, near the water and waves and the sand and all that open space and sky. Hence for almost … Continue reading

Off Season? Never Heard of It

Though Sunday was a grey day, we went, as noted above by Charlie, to the ocean. If you've read my blogging from the days when I wrote My Son Has Autism, Charlie is in his natural element at the ocean, near the water and waves and the sand and all that open space and sky. Hence for almost … Continue reading

Chinese American Culture and Autism

Here in the US, when people hear that autism was referred to as "childhood schizophrenia" in the first edition of the DSM (1952), they're often flabbergasted to hear autism linked to schizophrenia. Today we talk about autism as a developmental disorder/disability; as a neurodevelopmental disability. Wary of the "refrigerator mother" theory of autism, we're careful … Continue reading

On He and She and Other News

A little phrase Charlie said to me in the car last night signalled his increasing awareness of a subject he's struggled to grasp and articulate: Gender.  Starting when he was about 5, there've been attempts to teach Charlie the difference between "man/woman," "boy/girl," first with flashcards with carefully selected photos of these pasted on and … Continue reading

Back to the Old Gold Mountain

Charlie has been accepted into the big autism center. We will be meeting with the director and Charlie's case manager next week. I learned about this when I checked the voice mail on my office phone as Jim was driving Charlie and me for a quick diner dinner. I was due at the Newark Airport … Continue reading

Write Your Name

Thank you to everyone for the condolences and sympathy on my grandmother, Ngin Ngin, passing away, early on the morning of October 7. Thursday night I bought my plane ticket to fly out next Friday night for her funeral, which will be next Saturday, the 17th of October. My family, with my dad (he is … Continue reading

Ready, Go! (#609)

On a walk to the train this morning, we heard the sound of barking behind and from above. Charlie stopped stamping chunks of snow and ice flat and turned his eyes backwards, just as a garbage trunk grunted past us with a large brown dog hanging out the right-side window, right at Charlie. “Daddy!” Charlie … Continue reading

Ready, Go! (#609)

On a walk to the train this morning, we heard the sound of barking behind and from above. Charlie stopped stamping chunks of snow and ice flat and turned his eyes backwards, just as a garbage trunk grunted past us with a large brown dog hanging out the right-side window, right at Charlie. “Daddy!” Charlie … Continue reading

Gong Hay Fat Choy (#607)

One of my aunts sent me a Chinese New Year’s email in…….Chinese. I was able to read most of the words without a dictionary: I studied Mandarin when I was in college and Cantonese (which is the only language that my grandmother, Ngin-Ngin, speaks) for just a few months when I was 7 years old. … Continue reading

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