I know a lot of you are freaking out over COVID-19 right now. I see my middle-aged buds with no mitigating health issues making trips to Costco like Jesus is coming. I see you. I know something about panic. I’ve watched helplessly as my autistic daughter panics over seemingly nothing for years. She has complete […]Read more "Autism Benefits: COVID-19? Add it to the Pile."
I’ve taken this last week off to read, sleep in and get caught up with my thinking. My work weeks are really busy now as I’ve taken a new position in the disabilities field that allows me precious time away from my phone (I’ve been on call for the past decade). It’s been great for […]Read more "You Gonna Eat That? A 2018 Retrospective."
The holidays are a time for family which is absolutely horrific on the face of it, it’s just a little worse if you have a family member with behavioral issues. Here’s the truth: No one is excited about seeing my adult autistic daughter this Christmas. I’m about to drive over 1,100 miles round trip with […]Read more "Holidays Can Suck it."
A few people are really pissed off by the recent appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. I guess I am, too. But what else could we expect? How much introspection can we honestly expect from a white dude really? The bar couldn’t be much lower for these nitwits and so it doesn’t […]Read more "“Always a John and Never a Hooker…”"
I have had about 12,000 unwanted human interactions as the result of having an autistic kid. Sometimes it’s with a doctor who is asking me for minute details of her development that there is NO WAY IN HELL I will be able to recall, sometimes these interactions are with the police when my child has […]Read more "Are you there, God? It’s Me Autism."
It’s been one year since I moved my then 22 year old autistic daughter into her supported living apartment. As part of the transition, the apartment was set up weeks before she moved. She visited a few times before the move so she had a visual picture of what she new home would be like. […]Read more "A Year Without Autism"
Our adorable albino Ken Doll of a VP Mike Pence claimed this week that the GOP Health Care Bill will strengthen Medicaid. Sure, cuts of $700 billion is a way to strengthen the program. Good job, liar. Why diss Medicaid when it is more cost effective than private insurance right now. Maybe I’m a little sore […]Read more "America First! as Long as You Mean Americans Killing Foreigners"
[a creative nonfiction but that was just rejected for publication] I spent the better part of the last 20 years letting three children suck the life out of me. They consistently depended on my help at all kinds of ungodly hours. Preschool aged mornings were the worst. I had twin girls, one of whom had […]Read more "The Lovely Eggs "
In 1997 I was dragged into the world of Medicaid Service Coordination by my developmentally disabled daughter who desperately needed services. I was yelling and screaming at everyone then and unfortunately haven’t been able to stop since. There have been many roles for me personally and professionally as a direct provider and advocate. I’m not […]Read more "Dying is easy, it’s living that’s hard. "
I had a greatest generation Dad. The kind of guy who worked, went to church and had a chair that was reserved, by law, for him in front of the tv. You didn’t see this type of Dad much unless you were in trouble or he needed a socket wrench. Except my dad didn’t use […]Read more "Dad was Different…."