Category Archives: Family Moments

Renaissance Faire, 2017

At Home in the World

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It is finally here! At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider is a beautiful memoir of a young family traveling the world for 9 months.

It really took me back to our days as a young family: adventures in our own back yard, state parks, national parks, living in Germany, and living in far eastern Turkey.

I wouldn’t trade those days for anything!

Gotcha Anniversary 2

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Wendell Berry

Because this man can say it all in just a few words:

We’ve been talked out of love, mercy, kindness. We’ve got to take those things back.

For any family members or friends who might be “on the fence” about contacting their Senator about Sen Jeff Sessions’ nomination for the Attorney General — He said in May 2000, disabilities protections for students with disabilities was a reason U.S. public schools were failing.

“We have created a complex system of federal regulations and laws that have created lawsuit after lawsuit, special treatment for certain children, and that are a big factor in accelerating the decline in civility and discipline in classrooms all over America. I say that very sincerely,” Sessions said.

As Michael’s mom, I have fought for 20 years for people to respect the dignity of all people. When he was diagnosed I was asked “What’s wrong with him, is he retarded or something.” That stuck in my head and turned me into an advocate and activist. We have left churches because of bullying and belittling.

I ask my family and friends to stand with me and call your Senator to oppose Jeff Sessions. He will not be good for families with special needs.

 

Read about it:

http://www.snopes.com/jeff-sessions-slammed-protections-for-disabled-students/

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In Indiana you can call:

Senator Joe Donnelly (202)224-4814; (812)284-2027

Senator Todd Young (202)224-5623; (317) 226-6700

IN District 6 — Rep Luke Messer (202)225-3021; (317)421-0704

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What I’m reading: Hidden Figures, The Father Brown Mysteries, The Snow Child

What I’m listening to: Harry Potter #2 (yes, again)

What I’m watching: Timeless, The Return of the King

What I’m smelling: toothpaste, coffee with almond milk cream

What I’m pondering: a world in which my son wonders if it is “Safe to have autism.”  seriously , no joke, he’s wondering.

In my house: a new infinity scarf in a lovely dark grey wool that seems like it will never be done, good German chocolate, and chocolate covered almonds back in rotation. A new bed.

Women’s Rally

Why I march . . . “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

I march because I love myself, my sisters, my mother, my aunts, and my daughter . . . and all my “Sisters” around the globe

I march because I love our Planet Earth . . . all her waters, all her mountains, all her woods, all her plains.

I march because all people deserve respect and dignity . . . all people.

I march because to be silent is to be complicit.  I march because that is too high a price to pay.
img_3342img_3345img_3366img_3368img_3392img_3393January 21, 2017 :: Downtown Louisville, KY

2017–starting anew

Our brains have always outraced our hearts. Our science charges ahead, but our souls lag behind. Let’s start anew.

Lee Adama: Battlestar Galactica

This isn’t the first time I’ve used this quote on the blog. It always comes to mind when I’m feeling frayed around the edges; when things haven’t turned out the way I expected; when I sense change. There is a lot of that in the air right now.

  1.  This blog is getting repurposed–again, but isn’t that the nature of a blog written solely to chronicle what this family is up to.  We are not a static set of people and so the blog is ever evolving.  I was surprised to see how happy it made me to remove posts from the blog. The blog will continue to focus on a few areas:  gardening, living simply, living lightly, and family memories.
  2. There is much work to be done on the environmental front, both personally and collectively.  I’m devoting my letter writing and phone call making energy toward this front.  There are so many issues that need attention, but this is a place where I’ve been active for 20 years.  Along with letter writing and phone calls, I’ll be working on a project that Hannah and Kelly have encouraged me to pursue.
  3. Project 2 is republishing some of my Asperger’s essays in a new format.  I wrote nearly 60,000 words on parenting a child/adult with Asperger’s.  People have been looking for those posts, but I didn’t want to keep a separate blog going just for that.  A great deal of writing is coming from the “Aspies”themselves, and I want to encourage that, but I’m hearing that our story — successes, failures — is helpful to those just starting the journey.
  4. I’m stepping back from health coaching and mentoring moms with kids on the Spectrum.  There is so much new science, so many new therapies, and so many new ways to plug into the support system. I don’t have the energy to stay current on all the research and since Michael is an adult most of the therapies are not going to be applicable to him.

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas 2016

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 My favorite two images from this Christmas:  Michael reading by the new tree and an old wreath given new life by the addition of tiny LED lights run off batteries.

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