Month: December 2018

Best Gift

I wrote this piece for Segullah about the best gift I ever got. Please note that it’s not about Christmas shoes, but that I cried a whole lot in the writing of this story. Merry Christmas.

Things I Don’t Do Anymore

Care About Cooking  I used to like finding and trying new recipes. Those impulses evaporated over many years of autism living. There’s no joy in making elaborate food that no one will eat. When your life is circumscribed by various disabilities, there’s also no joy in spending any excess energy AT ALL in making any food, period. The bare minimum…

Snatch that Wonder

Today Charlie, my perennial ballet date, and I picked up my mom and went to see The Nutcracker. I have been looking forward to this afternoon at the ballet, especially as I finished grading research papers yesterday and bid adieu to fall semester. And the Nutcracker is magical. Here’s how the outing went: Autism came along with us, and Charlie…

Ballast

*I gave this talk today at church. And now I put it here.* Whenever Christmastime rolls around, I think of an experience from several years ago when Henry was in fifth grade and got to participate in a light show for the school holiday music program. As a bit of background information, my husband, Jeff, is kind of obsessed with…