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for today



I just don’t have it in me today. I have a wonderful story to share, but it’s just not today’s story, ya know?

Anyway, I couldn’t leave you with nothing, so I’m going to share some posts that I’ve read in the last week that have either made me think, laugh, or cry — OR — think, laugh AND cry all at the same time. It’s a trick, folks.

So here goes ..


Autistic is Okay by Stimey at Stimeyland (please take heed around kids; she swears – right out of the gate in caps, but the post is awesome so find a quiet minute and check it out.)

For more on person-first language, I also invite you to read my post, the oh-so-creatively named Person First

Edited to add: I just discovered this post on the topic as well and … well, wow … so, yeah, read this too, okay? Disability First: Autism is not an Accessory by Zoe at Illusion of Competence


Wordplay by Alysia at Try Defying Gravity


Autism, Passing, And What It Costs Us All by Linda at Outrunning the Storm


TPGA’s Position on Autism Organizations That Support Autistic People by the editors of Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism


I hope that tides you over for today.

I’ll see you tomorrow, my friends.


Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. 

? Mary Anne Radmacher


Ed note: Late breaking (insert beep beep beep) news. I’m adding one. Cause I can. A Bicycle Built for One by Glennon at Momastery. You’ll know why.

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Employment advice on and off the autism spectrum from Marty Nemko

If you are looking for career advice, and you are free this coming Saturday, September 15, you are in luck.

KALW radio star Marty Nemko (“The Bay Area’s Best Career Coach” — SF Bay Guardian)  will answer your questions about employment for people on and off the autism spectrum at AASCEND’S meeting in their new location.

That’s right. You do not have to be on the autism spectrum to attend! Still, the focus of Marty’s talk will be on how the autism community can build its own employment structures.


AASCEND Monthly Meeting with Dr. Marty Nemko

Saturday September 15, 10-noon


Do you have questions? Contact me HERE and I will do my very best to help.



The Marin and North Bay Autism Lecture Series starts Sept. 19. (more about that soon) but CLICK HERE to learn more and register.

The Morgan Autism Center Conference is coming soon, too. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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Collaboration, Q-ball Style

Without question, my favorite thing about sending my kids to school is their written work. You might already know this if you were around for the Things Come Out of My Brain series of 2010 and 2011 (Part I, Part II, Part III) as well as the many other worksheets I’ve photographed and made you look at.I’m about to do it again. Evidently “collaboration” is one of Quinn’s vocabulary words, which is kind of super awesome. What is even more awesome is his sentence/picture example of the word, which he hasn’t even turned in yet, but I had to take a photo in case it never came home.

This is good stuff, people. Pay attention.

“I’m going to pull your head out of the ground.”

See how those two dudes are collaborating on pulling that upside down guy out of the ground before the fireball crushes all of them?

Coming soon to a dictionary near you.

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Oh, you guys. You may have noticed that my site is a little…wonky. I’m working some shit out. Bear with me. Hopefully I”ll be all up and running smoothly by the end of the weekend. Before that, though, I am running my first race in a decade tomorrow.

If you’ll be at the Kensington 8k tomorrow, say hi! You’ll recognize me based on my Stimeyland t-shirt and my number 238, which is actually a number that has been kind of following me since my freshman year of college.

Two three eight! Two three eight!

You’ll also know me because I’ll likely be in the very back of the pack of runners. And bright red. Wish me luck.

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The Lazy Woman’s Way to Blog

This whole going to bed near 10 pm is killing my blog. I write at midnight. It’s what I do. HOW DO YOU PEOPLE WRITE DURING THE DAY? IN THE LIGHT? WITHOUT WATCHING RERUNS OF TORCHWOOD ON NETFLIX?

Or that might be specific to me.

It is 9:24pm  and I am TIRED. This never used to happen to me. Fuck you, regular sleep schedule.

That said, I’ve only blogged…oh, dear lord, once? this week, so I found some more funny stuff from my kids to entertain you.

This first is a drawing by Jack from last year. I am under the impression that he thought school was hard work. Seriously. That little sketch (it is about an inch square) conveys more feeling than a billion words.

I should take this to IEP meetings.

Then there is Sam. At back to school night, I took a quick spin through his math classroom. On one wall, all the kids had written and illustrated rules. This was Sam’s:

This is a kid who needs to go on a bender.

Speaking of responsible people, next up I have Quinn’s definition and illustration of “responsible,” which is nothing like Sam. In fact, he took it in more of a “I was responsible for killing 16 people” kind of way instead of “I am responsible because I do my homework” kind of way.

“Some guy almost got squashed.”

I’m guessing that Quinn is the guy who is all, “Oops.”

Aaaand there you have volume two of “I’m going to let my kids blog for me this month.”


Also, are your kids the worst? Because mine are. I have laid out eleven reasons why they are.

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Disaster! Catastrophe! Feedburner }:-(

Oh, good morning to my ZERO subscribers.

Evidently Feedburner is kaput. Thanks, Feedburner. You’d think they would have let me know in emails with giant red letters or something. Or they did and I missed them.

This can all be summed up in one word with a lot of letters: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK.

I am considering this a sign from Google that I should switch to self-hosted WordPress. I was afraid to do it because I didn’t want to lose subscribers, but it is hard to go lower than…ZERO.

Until then, I post everything Stimeyland-related on my Stimeyland Facebook page. It’s public, so I don’t think you even have to be on Facebook to see it, but it will just show up in your news feed if you are on Facebook and like the page.

Or Blogger probably has some sort of feed, so some of you may still be subscribed based on what feed you use.

Or just come by here and check for new posts. I hope to have this all sorted out by the end of the weekend. Just what I wanted to do this weekend. If anyone has advice or suggestions, I’d be thrilled to take them.


(confidential to Sherry: See? Like “motherfucker” but more downtrodden.)

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You need a purpose and something to work towards

Just wanted to let you know that my book on Setting Goals “Goal Setting Success Secrets. How To Revitalize Your Life. Setting And Achieving Your Goals The Smart Way.” is available free as a Kindle Edition @ Amazon until september 28/2012.

If you download and enjoy the book I would appreciate an honest review on Amazon in the near future. :-)
I can sure use your help!

Tagged as: Goal Setting

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