This is the second of an ongoing series of posts. The first part can be found here. Mimi could only rely on herself in raising her two boys in the early 1970’s. Her young son George would not receive the autism diagnosis for many years. George could read and tell her how to get someplace, … Continue reading Mimi and George: A Story of Autism – Part 2
The year was 1965 and it was a chaotic time in their lives. Mimi was seven months pregnant when she and John moved from their small apartment to a house that would provide the extra space that would be needed after the birth of their second child. The November move brought with it the necessity … Continue reading Mimi and George: A Story of Autism – Part 1
Yep, that's me. Beautiful morning on the patio. I’m retired. Why do I need a staycation during quarantine? I didn’t need a staycation. I just wanted one. The vacation began when I knew I needed a change of pace after weeks of lockdown. I asked myself what I would do if I were going on … Continue reading Social Distancing Staycation
After sixty plus years of life, I have recently recognized that life is fluid and ever transforming. Throughout my life, my normal has constantly changed. Maybe this indefiniteness of life goes all the way back to Eden, when the pluck of an apple altered things dramatically for Adam and Eve. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines the … Continue reading Normal is Fluid
We all experience social distancing differently. Each person has different emotions. It’s also true for me that my own feelings change from day to day, sometimes from minute to minute. We have been under stay-at-home orders here for four weeks. In some ways, it seems more like eight weeks or maybe even three months. … Continue reading Coming to Terms with Social Distancing
Growing up, I frequently heard such idioms or proverbs as “Waste not, want not” and “Eat all of your food. There are starving people in the world.” As the years went on, these mottos were no longer the standards by which I lived my life. As I am avoiding stores, I am trying not to … Continue reading Avoiding Waste During Covid-19
Sneek Peek - Chapter 1 For Autism Awareness Day, I am sharing the introductory narrative to Chapter 1 in my book, Conversations About Autism. The first chapter is titled Autism Awareness: What do families want you to know? ------------------------------------------------------------ Autism awareness first requires a little understanding about what autism actually is. Awareness, however, involves so … Continue reading Autism Awareness Day 2020
Last Saturday, I was thrilled to attend a virtual WW (formerly Weight Watchers) workshop online. Normally, I would not broadcast to the world that I am a WW member, but these are not normal times. Why was this such an exciting workshop? I learned something new, video conferencing. This is Post Number 2 about things … Continue reading Virtual Meetings with Family and Friends
It is Sunday evening. Only three days since the morning the grocery store was over populated with at risk shoppers at 6:00 in the morning. If the virus gets me, I will blame that morning. That is the day I decided to stop going to public places. Friday, just two days ago, my husband and … Continue reading How Will Quarantine Change Me?
Do you believe that things sometimes happen for a reason? I’m talking about the sequence of events that, though unconnected, seem to be connected. Some people may call these sequences coincidence, synchronicity, a twist of fate, or Godwinks. I do believe things often happen for a reason. Often, experiences seem to relate in unexpected ways. … Continue reading Synchronicity or Godwinks?