Spring Break, Day 2: Site Visits

Day 2 of Charlie's Spring Break brought more rain and still more rain, so that the mega-puddle I encountered on my walk from the Journal Square PATH station to my college became a mini lagoon (and I showed up for Tuesday morning classes with dripping wet corduroys thanks to the strong wind that picked up … Continue reading

The Good News Comes in Text by Text

We're in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and listening to our tour guide talk about neolithic artifacts when I hear the little ding ding that means, Jim's texting me.  11.15pm bedtime on Tuesday, 5am wake-up, walk-sprint as the sun was rising.  Potential Stomach Trouble. I texted back that, while it's not out of the ordinary … Continue reading

Up In Delphi

     Up in the mountains where it's cold and the view is almost too grand.   

Walking in Athens, Walking in Jersey

A general strike that cancelled incoming and outgoing flights on March 11, the day my group of students was scheduled to leave for Athens, Greece: Jim came down the stairs Thursday morning with this potentially dire news. My first thought? Another day with Jim and Charlie, ok by me. The next thought was what to … Continue reading

On Seneca Road

Charlie had a good day at school on Tuesday and was amenable to playing a little piano and watching some videos I thought would be good (i.e., videos he could have done without, like this), and assented to a brisk walk that involved slipping over ice and breaking a path through a snowy field. So … Continue reading

Vaccines, Airplanes, & the Past Decade

 The notion that vaccines are somehow a "cause" of autism and "anti-vaccine quackery" as the "worst pseudoscience of the decade?" So proposeth Orac over at Respectful Insolence at and I can't but concur. Charlie being born in 1997 and diagnosed with autism in 1999, the noughties/oughties or howsoever you wish to call the soon-to-be-ending decade … Continue reading

No and Yes

I would wager that Charlie understands the lion's share of what he hears. Jim and I have no direct, actual, literal, "scientific" sort of evidence for this. But we do really feel that, for all we don't (yet; always) know why Charlie does what he does and says what he says, we do know Charlie … Continue reading

On a Pastoral Note

If you just went by what I've been posting here I guess I come across in part as a mother who writes a whole lot of emails and other correspondence to the school district, goes all emotional at meetings with said school district, dashes around to drop her son off at school and then to … Continue reading

Pre-IEP

It's a good life Jim and I live with our most excellent boy Charlie, and going in to fight the good fight's all part of it. As is a fast morning trot through the middle school parking lot to drop off Charlie. As is a late afternoon bike ride (fast-paced, too). As is Vietnamese food … Continue reading

Pre-IEP

It's a good life Jim and I live with our most excellent boy Charlie, and going in to fight the good fight's all part of it. As is a fast morning trot through the middle school parking lot to drop off Charlie. As is a late afternoon bike ride (fast-paced, too). As is Vietnamese food … Continue reading

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