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My Mountain is Calling and I Must Go …

Then in 2017, I began running up the staircase. In 2017, the year I turned forty-two, I learned that I have autism.  Continue reading

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Deficient vs Different

I know that I am autistic, not because I am a failure (in fact, I am not a failure, despite society’s definition!) but because I experience, interpret, and perceive the world in ways that are different than how most people seem to do. Continue reading

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Hope and Resilience, Two Vignettes

I started to cry, covering my face with my apron … I squinted my eyes so my room became a swirl of colors. Continue reading

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It Just Doesn’t Occur to Me.

What if we treated physical affection the way we do roller coasters, or, better yet, big cities? Some people love them; some hate them; some think they are a nice place to visit but would never live in one. We can each figure out what is right for us. Continue reading

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How I Discovered I Had Face-Blindness

I am extremely mindful of details and characteristics. I rely on visible clues such as hairstyle, gait, posture, and gestures to recognize people. Continue reading

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“Why Do You Want a Formal Evaluation?”

Despite all of this, I long for a formal evaluation. I have many reasons why. I appreciate formalities. I want there to be no doubt that I am part of this tribe. I would like my voice to have the buttress of an evaluation when I speak to people outside of the community. Continue reading

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Storytelling

Those who are trying to quiet our voices are loud. We can be louder.

Here are my stories about how I perceive, experience, and interact with this beautiful world through my neurodiverse, autistic senses. Continue reading

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