Get Off the Rainbow, Autism Is Not All Positive

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I believe in Neurodiversity, I believe there are a lot of positives to being Autistic, but I don’t believe in the gag order some of the Neurodiversity lobby are trying to guilt us into.  Living with a person who is neck deep in all the darker aspects of Autism as  a disorder is hard.

And I am sick of it!

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Yesterday my husband and I engaged in a lively discussion; you know the ones that start with me yelling and end with me crying and take me out of useful work for a minimum 12 hours.  It started with my asking advice about my computer mouse.  Here is a precis substituting autistic for common symptoms that we know we have.

L: ‘Didn’t you say there was a button that could fix this?’

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G: Autistic response with a dash of male.

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L: Anxiety/Autistic Response.

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I know it’s going to be difficult – what can I do about it?

I CAN Be Autistic

holiday stress full page So, I’m a little stressed, thinking about the holidays…

I’m a terrible complainer. That is, I tend to do it, but then I realize how terrible I sound (to myself), and I have to stop. Some people have no problem announcing their woes to the world, but for me, “if I name it, I own it”. If I can see I’ve got a problem, then it’s incumbent on me to do something about it.

Not everybody feels the same way, and that’s fine. everybody’s different. I just have a really hard time living with myself, when I’m moaning about every little thing.

And every now and then, I do.

So, this year, I’m keenly aware of the approaching holidays and how they have affected me in the past. I don’t want to have to go through it all again — and again — and again. Past years have been so…

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Watch the New Anime Prequel to Blade Runner 2049, by Famed Japanese Animator Shinichiro Watanabe | Open Culture

The run-up to Blade Runner 2049, befitting what now looks like the cinematic event of the decade, has consisted of not just marketing hype (though it does include plenty of that) but genuine artistic material as well. Source: Watch the New Anime Prequel to Blade Runner 2049, by Famed Japanese Animator Shinichiro Watanabe | Open Culture

To Improve Health And Reduce Costs For Low-Income Seniors, Invest Upstream

Source: To Improve Health And Reduce Costs For Low-Income Seniors, Invest Upstream As US policy makers debate approaches to curb health care expenditures and threaten cuts to safety-net programs, new research shows that greater access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is associated with significant health care savings for low-income seniors. We conducted research, … Continue reading To Improve Health And Reduce Costs For Low-Income Seniors, Invest Upstream

Remembering Tim Murphy: No Clear Mental Health Champion To Fill Void – Pete Earley

(10-23-17) I’ve always believed what my friend Bryan Stevenson (the hero of my book, Circumstantial Evidence) wrote in his New York Times bestselling book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”  Which brings us to the case of fallen Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Tim Murphy,Click … Continue reading Remembering Tim Murphy: No Clear Mental Health Champion To Fill Void – Pete Earley

…So I Chose You

Poetry Of An Aspergian

THE-BOLD-MOM_sad_paulI needed a soul

To write on

I needed a spirit

To give wings to words

Young and restless

But virgin

Defenseless

To make something

Sane

Out of rotten

Depressed

Mind

Sticking forks

In walls sockets

Asking to die

Pulling out too soon

Someone to burn

The edges of memory

Watch them blacken and fade

Then disintegrate in my anger

The earth knows my troubled thoughts

And the back of her hand

Knows I have the self esteem

To match

Followed her

Into the room

Turned the lights out

Just to slow the headache

Numb the contusion

I didn’t want her to see

How filthy I was

But I know

She already knew

She was me

Everything I wanted

Nothing I needed

You can stick a rod

In every hole

And watch every video

Until you’re raw at 3 am

But if you don’t have hope

You’re nothing more

Than…

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