I made a new blog documenting my attempts to get happier. It's a departure from the style of this blog. Me without the mother side, I suppose you could say. I'm going to have some fun with it. I hope you like it too. The Loser's Guide To Happiness
I didn't fulfil my intention to post regularly throughout July. It was one of the busiest and most emotional months I have encountered for quite some time: Son entered the final month of primary school and the month ran away with us: there were day trips and a two-week transition spell in his secondary school,... Continue Reading →
I have a Happiness Jar. I found this idea on Pinterest last year and decided to put it into practice in 2017. For the first few months I diligently and eagerly wrote down the things that happened that made me happy, things such as creating my blog, publishing my first post, my first like, my... Continue Reading →
Easy one today. Sooo easy. The sun is back! After days of grey skies, cool temperatures and frequent, long showers of rain, we have blue sky and fluffy white clouds and seasonal temperatures. What could be better than catching that warm scent of life and growing things through an open window, the sun shining into... Continue Reading →
Warning: sweary words within. Possibly NSFW. Today I had another one of my small and regular epiphanies. I haven't written anything for over a month because I have been absorbed with a number of personal, "life" issues. Nothing terrible, nothing earth-shattering, but nevertheless matters that required thought and attention and occupied my mind. Issues such... Continue Reading →
Recently I have become very aware of autism as an identity rather than a disorder. From speaking with autistic people and reading their blogs, taking note of the rejection of person-first terminology ("a person with autism") and the preference for identity-first wording ("an autistic person"); the posts listing "that autistic feeling when..."; the visual stim... Continue Reading →
Today (April 2nd) is World Autism Awareness Day. The entire month of April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism blogs are already awash with articles on the awareness/acceptance argument, the evils of Autism Speaks, the tokenism of one day out of 365 and one month out of twelve for building awareness and the pointlessness of blue light... Continue Reading →
Change is coming. The prospect of change is beginning to cast a shadow on our family's life: my son is moving up to High School in September. Thomas has high functioning autism so he is generally resistant to change; his primary school and I have spent some time preparing him for this next step. We've talked about it,... Continue Reading →
A very insightful and helpful perspective. My first reblog.
I left Facebook a while ago because I kept getting sucked into the arguments between parents and Autistic people, Autistic people and the anti-VAX movement, and medical professionals and Autistic people. Today I logged back in and was quickly reminded why I left.
The first thing thing that upsets me is that all of these people think they know more about Autism than Autistic people, as if our first hand experiences are of little or no value. This is often parents but can also be medical professionals and organic health nuts (I eat organic but these people are extreme).
Cure culture fanatics telling us we are sick for wanting to stay Autistic – sick for wanting to stay the way we were born. Parents telling us we don’t understand because we are not like their child (some of us WERE at one point and have worked hard to improve as…
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