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Embracing Autism

My son, Peter, loves music. He’s learning to play the piano and has been taking lessons from a very, very patient piano teacher. While he is with Ms. Kelly, he is alert and focused, listening as she explains chords or what a diminished 5th is. One day, I hope to hear him play Mozart or Beethoven with feeling and heart—-because he loves it.

Peter is autistic. His communication skills are on the level of an elementary student. He talks in complete sentences but on his terms–not yours or mine. As much as I wish he were “normal,” he has brought so much joy to our lives! He along with his brother (who is also on the spectrum) and his sister are all we could wish for.

A disability is not a horrible thing. It’s just a difference.

Here’s to embracing different!

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Interests and Topics

I have a wide variety of interests both in my reading and writing. I tend to be conservative and read conservative publications but I’m not afraid to read opposing viewpoints. I love logic and debate (having debated in college), word origins, grammar, and old books.

I also love British cozy mysteries, British television, action movies, Hallmark mystery movies, old films–especially mystery comedies like “The Thin Man” or old film noir like “Laura,” classical music (especially anything with the violin), contemporary Christian music, and film scores.

THE THIN MAN, William Powell, Myrna Loy, 1934, with Asta the dog


My strengths are curiosity and an interest in the learning. I used to be able to recall anything I wrote down or material I read but after three kids, my brain is too muddled with other people’s schedules to remember things like the page number on which a quote appeared or the website I used as a resource for an article. Today, I have to write things down and use a program to save online references, websites, and books I use for articles.

Come back often for observations on a number of topics including politics, the media, film, and books.




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Technology Challenges

If you’ve read my biography, you’ll know I have two sons on the autism spectrum. Last year, I had just straightened out my website and restored the customization when my middle child spilled water on my brand new laptop. Sadly, the spill fried the motherboard. Then our desktop lost its ability to recognize our password after an update from Microsoft (and we could nothing to bypass this problem). We have truly had some technology challenges this year.

I am writing this post on a brand new laptop and our desktop has been repaired so my hope is we are now beyond any major technological trauma but you never know…

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Due to whole host of issues, I became very, very busy and forgot to update my payment method for my website! And you know host companies have issues if they can’t get their payment– so I lost all of the information and materials on my website. I have to start from scratch but no worries. 🙂