Picture, if you can, the nerd sirens going off. I know it's not just me, but sometimes I love learning new things just because I can. [And sometimes I like sitting on the couch watching Mork and Mindy reruns. Go figure. I miss Robin Williams.] I was an English major in college and studied law... Continue Reading →

At the Birdfeeder: Woodpeckers

A few more visitors to my yard. I was thrilled to catch sight of this very shy guy looking for food. Based on its markings, it appears to be a Northern Flicker, and a pretty good-sized bird. It didn't visit very often, and when it did it was very hard to get a photo; it... Continue Reading →

The Stigma of Aggression and Self-Injury

If you have a child with autism who suffers from behavioral symptoms, this post is my way of saying: you're not alone. It is an unfortunate fact that many children with autism exhibit symptoms in three domains: social, language, and behavioral, including aggression and self-injury. "Aggression and self-injury may be associated symptoms of autismĀ and can... Continue Reading →

A Healthier Muffin

My son has all kinds of food texture issues, and refuses to eat all but the most processed and/or familiar of foods. So when I say "healthier," that's my reference. These muffins taste good, and have lots of good-for-you ingredients like whole wheat, unsweetened applesauce, and Greek yogurt. And he'll eat them, which is how... Continue Reading →

Skeleton Flowers

The Skeleton Flower (diphylleia grayi) is found in Japan, China, and the Appalachian Mountains of the US. Normally white, nourishment (rainwater) makes it transparent, and when it dries, it turns white again. Can a person's soul become as transparent as the skeleton flower if it receives the right nourishment? I discovered the flower while researching... Continue Reading →

At the Birdfeeder: May

A few weeks ago, my kind husband put up a backyard birdfeeder just outside the kitchen window, so I could watch as I worked during the day. [Or, maybe, so I wouldn't go crazy working from home alone most of the day. ] Some of the most recent visitors were these two gems, just barely... Continue Reading →

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