Cultural Activity

Halloween Break

Holidays are tough for Lily, and not that Halloween is a holiday in the same vein as Thanksgiving or Christmas are, but it’s an “event” and there are rules and procedures and “goings-on”.  Still, if there was a holiday for her, a holiday where she is free to move around...

Sometimes You Win One

There are times, and these seem to occur with increasing frequency, that raising an autistic child pushes our parenting decisions into what might be viewed as a “no win.” Certainly we had our share of those decisions with our older daughter too, but it seems as if they’re more common...

Finding Safe and Supportive Spaces Online

Fifteen years ago when my kids were diagnosed with autism, online resources and support were really hard to find. Parents often felt isolated and disconnected from others going through the same challenges. Today there’s the opposite problem – information and support groups are everywhere! So the problem has now become how to find reliable...

The Danger is on the Inside

My family has just finished a hot, exciting, and very dusty summer. We undertook a massive home renovation that included new windows and floors, raising a sunken living room, and gutting and replacing one of the bathrooms and the kitchen. Exhausting as the whole process has been, it’s also been...

Destigmatizing Depression

This month, I intended on writing a post with a lighter, humorous look at living with depression.  But, with the sudden death of comedic actor Robin Williams, I chose to talk about helping educate others about this often misunderstood disease.  We’ve all been there baring our souls attempting to share...

Talking About Difficult Things

My youngest son, Carter, is almost twelve. When I say that sentence to myself, I say it in the deep, reverberating voice of Morgan Freeman, with a little foreboding in it: my son it almost twelve-twelve-twelve.  With 12 approaching, his body has begun to change. Where most parents have trouble...