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Forgiveness

You know it’s really love when…

I tiptoed into the kitchen a little after 6am to grab a quick breakfast before waking Matthew.  He’d been home for a week long summer break, and would be heading back to Camphill California near Santa Cruz, where he lives and works.
“I’m ready,” Matthew said, and I jumped. He was fully dressed and shaved, a [...]

Plaid on plaid on plaid

Autism FAQ: Which battles are not worth fighting?

“I’m ready,” called Matthew from his room, just as our family was getting ready to leave for a “fancy” family celebration. He emerged proudly, wearing garden boots, a nice pair of pants, it’s top button strained by three plaid shirts (one thick flannel) layered and tucked in.
This look was not going to work, but Matthew [...]

Lightening Up

Lightening Up

News Flash! Being the parent of a child with autism can be stressful! You know what I’m talking about. Sometimes you just need to lighten up. My story…
Matthew started making signs when he was 13.
When it was my turn to host the Book Club meeting, he would tape a “welcome book club” sign to the mantle [...]