• The Halloween Monster

    It was November 1. Hal-le-lujah, sing it with me. In Phoenix, November 1 is generally met with a sigh of relief. Adios 100 degree temperatures, hello down comforters. But on this past November 1st, in addition to being excited about the cooler weather, I was up and moving because it meant Halloween was behind us by a solid six hours. It meant that I could take down the 1,001 pieces of paper Halloween decorations my son had made and installed on every square inch of our home. My son had traced and cut-out witches, designed paper ghosts with crumpled-paper-ball-heads tied off with string, drawn…

  • Hi Best Neighbor in the World…Do You Need Some Ice??

    Autistic kids can be repetitive, loud, they can make crazy noises or hum for hours on end. There can be never-ending questions (OMG the questions), flapping, balking, beeping and “mom mom mom mom mom…”  We’re being honest here, right?  It can be ANNOYING. Recently, I have read a few stories of people getting past some of these behaviors, and going out of their way for autistic kids and their parents.  I love these stories.  I love them because, duh, my son is autistic, but also because they are a reminder of how seemingly small gestures of compassion often mean the…