My youngest landed her first part-time job in retail. Her first week is going by, but as it does, we are learning about how Autism, anxiety and other developmental disabilities can interject and affect the process. My son, who is now 24, is doing well in his second job, but he still has issues related… Continue reading You Get a Job, Everybody Gets a Job!
Lao Tzu's quote, "If you are at peace, you are living in the present." Recently, quite so, I found myself contemplating the level of peace I was feeling. It can be quite a shock to the system to suddenly become aware of the copious levels of anxiety that one is living with at the first… Continue reading The Priority of Peace
A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with, that's poverty, but how efficiently we can put first things first. How varied the definition of simplicity is for so many, don't you think? For the minimalist living off-grid in the depths of nature, simplicity would look far different than it might… Continue reading Stupendous Life of Solitude and Simplicity
Ah, gaslighting. An often used phrase, sometimes overused. However, its ambiguity and ability to confuse and mislead is legendary. To find the roots of this unique situation, one must travel back in cinema to 1944, and watch Gaslight, starring Ingrid Bergman. There is much caution when dealing with someone who is gaslighting you, as it… Continue reading The Gaslighting
When I was first told a long time ago that my youngest daughter's Autism fell into the category of "executive functioning" I was like, um, what? I'd known for some time that Autism is an "umbrella disorder" with a LOT of different variations in its broad spectrum of symptoms and other challenges faced by those… Continue reading Executive Functioning in Autism: When Not Everyone Shows up for the Meeting
I saw a beautiful post on Facebook this morning while sipping my coffee. I found it here. It is a beautiful testament to the unreplaceable bond that children have with their fathers. Now, don't get me wrong. I know it's the 21st century and there are now, and have always been, plenty of mothers, siblings,… Continue reading The Triggers of Time
Ah, 2020, the year of fun times, wild adventures, creativity and scrreeeeeeech, nevermind. That was my 2019 post opener. Here we are, 263 months into 2020 and what a ride it's been. Still in virtual lockdown over here, I have watched as the world around me has slowly returned to some mutated, dangerous semblance of… Continue reading Damned if you do, Damned if you Don’t
A picture depicting the Earth coming down the street with COVID-19 hiding around the corner with a baseball bat. Ahh, September. That wonderful time of year when everyone visits the beach or vacations for the last time in the warm weather. Schools are going back and pumpkin spice everything shows up. Labor Day crowds here… Continue reading Rewriting Reality
446...a VERY scary moment for me as a diabetic. Talk about a wake-up call. When I saw this number on the monitor, I have to admit, I was pretty scared; shaking even. I knew the repercussions of a number this high and that I literally could have a stroke at any moment. This is my… Continue reading Putting My Carbs Where My Mouth is…Just less of them.
Since my teenage years, I have fought a personal war with food, diabetes, anxiety, stress and did I mention food? I grew up in what I refer to as a "typical food existence" in the 70's and 80's. My mother was a homemaker, and she cooked pretty much every day. Meals would include a meat,… Continue reading The Time Has Come For Me to Stop Eating Like a Raging Lunatic