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I Need A Plan

I need a plan. Any plan will do. My life feels out of control, and the solution, apparently, is planning. Plan. Organize. Collect. Schedule. Document. Track. List. Complete. Repeat. This is, generally, a pretty effective strategy for me. I thrive on routine and ritual, provided I am the one who …

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Turning Off

An enormous part of the autistic reality is living with – and living through – meltdowns and shutdowns. They may be triggered by one thing or many things. Social overwhelm, sensory overwhelm, language overwhelm. Too much physical exertion. Not enough sleep. Too much disturbance in routine. Some combination of any …

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I Stand With Compassion, I Stand Against Aggression

I did not see the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism explosion/implosion/drama/discussion that happened this weekend, and I’m glad I missed it. I …

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In Defense of Beautiful Things

Or more accurately: in defense of lovers of beautiful things. No one really speaks out against the existence of beautiful things, but …

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When Platitudes Don’t Apply

Trigger warning: Discussion of mental illness and suicide. Two weeks after Robin Williams’ suicide, the public outcries of “get help!” and “suicide …

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The Tragically Invalidating Response to Tragedy

I can’t just not say anything about this. I can just not say anything about Robin Williams’ death, but I can’t just …

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