More Choices: When Beads Are Lost and Not Found

It was only after I uploaded today's 'daily (Charlie) photo' into my blogging platform that I saw, just to his left, the words on the advertisement: MORE CHOICES Something that Charlie could always use a few more of, whether in regard to expanding the foods he'll eat or the direction he'll ride his bike, or … Continue reading

Worry Beads, Wise Blood, Weirdness

Charlie got home from his last day of Extended School Year in a cheery mood. While Jim said thanks to the bus driver and aide and wished them a good vacation, Charlie went to the white car, opened the door to the back seat, and took out his things, his worry beads and tschotskes, little … Continue reading

Tragedy Into Comedy

As a final assignment, I asked the students in my summer school class on ancient Greek drama to write about what they understand 'tragedy' and 'comedy' to mean; to describe a movie that they consider a tragedy and another that they consider a comedy; and to write about an experience that could be considered 'tragic' … Continue reading

A Small Communication

The above photo shows Charlie's 'favorite things' as I call them. He refers to this whole set of objects as 'blue beads': Charlie often refers to a collection or a couple of things based on just one item, as if the part referred to the whole. For you literary types out there, this is a … Continue reading

You. Are. Here.

 In A Subarctic Autism Awareness Day Analogy,  Shannon proposes a "new and more appropriate geographic autism analogy" in lieu of Emily Perl Kingsley's Welcome to Holland. That essay, Shannon notes, was written for families with children with Down Syndrome; she proposes   Welcome to Yellowknife!  As Shannon writes: Receiving a child's autism diagnosis is like living in … Continue reading

Yes We Are the Weird Ones

 Many of us who travel in what I've sometimes called Autismland know the story "Welcome to Holland." Raising an autistic child is compared to traveling to a country you didn't expect you'd end up in, and finding the experience, while different, highly worthwhile. Having thought you were going to Italy, you end up in Holland; you are … Continue reading

The Unexpected: Last Day in Athens

 On the afternoon of our last day in Greece, I went on a long walk by myself. Some of my students had gone, via tram, to the beach (yes, three of them jumped in), while others had a leisurely time of it, eating gyros and looking at shops.  My plan was to visit Eleutheroudakes, a … Continue reading

What If’s and What Is: Traveling with Charlie

 As we've been driving around Greece in our purple bubble-gum colored bus, I've been constantly thinking: What would it be like if Jim and charlie were on this trip? A what if scenario floats into my mind: Mom professor takes students to Greece for spring break, husband and son tag along. Son gets a most … Continue reading

Time Well Spent: Onto Meteora & Thessaloniki

Am writing to you from Thessaloniki in Macedonia, the second largest city in Greece. We drove into the city around 5pm and will be here tonight and tomorrow night before a very long (possibly 10 hour) drive back to Athens. We left ancient Olympia with the sun coming in and out on Sunday afternoon and … Continue reading

A bit about motherhood

I told Charlie I'd post a photo of my every day on my blog and am afraid I haven't done that due to technology/internet-access issues (some of the hotels we're at have only one computer with internet for everyone). Here I am standing beneath the Lion Gate in Mykines, which we visited on Saturday, March … Continue reading

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