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The ongoing journey of life with my son, Jonah, who is 11 and lives in a residential autism facility. He has very aggressive behaviors at times, pretty regularly, so basically this is the blog version of a Lifetime TV movie...

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Latest Blog Posts for Normal is a Dryer Setting

  • mama on the spectrumOf course it really doesn't matter at this point in my life whether I am on the autism spectrum or if I'm just assigning meaning to the random. I guess I just find it interesting that, though I'm no spring chicken, there are still these...
  • the blue shirt rag
    on Aug 15, 2016 in autism behavior Uncategorized rag school
    "Here," he says, making as if to hand me blue rag one. I stare at the goobery mess of it and we laugh. Jonah gets his shit together in the back seat with blue rag two and Andy throws blue rag one to the floor. After this Jonah is fine, as if he...
  • fiveIn five days, on August 16, it will be the fifth anniversary of Jonah’s departure from home. That’s more than a third of his innocent little life, and I sit here and type this through a stormy mess of emotions. For some reason that one co...
  • gypsies, tramps & thievesOther current Jonah favorites include a host of Top 40 selections (it seems Ryan Seacrest is the new Casey Kasum), some rap, and, on nearly every car ride, he requests the beloved immortal classic by Sonny and Cher, Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves.
  • love letter
    on Aug 6, 2016 in Uncategorized
    From Kate Fowler (fowlerxkate@gmail.com) Love is kicking your kid out at age 9. Love is bragging that you love your only kid so much you visit him weekly (!). Sure. Those are signs of love. Not a mom who can’t be bothered to parent and happily exil...
  • tell me something good
    on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized
    Some of the people at the Anderson Center for Autism will email me every so often to check in and see if I have any questions or concerns.  More often than not, I’ll answer with just a brief note of appreciation, but sometimes I will ask a qu...
  • elton jonah
    on Jul 16, 2016 in Uncategorized
    “So where to now, St. Peter?  If it’s true, I’m in your hands I may not be a Christian, but I’ve done all one man can I understand I’m on the road where all that was is gone So where to now, St. Peter? Show me which roa...
  • broken
    on Jul 15, 2016 in Uncategorized
    The months’ events blend and pour together, watercolor spills on pages.  I want the resulting mix to form a picture or a tale to tell, but it’s really just a sloppy mess. That medicine…the Clozaril…it seems to be working stil...
  • boo feels the bern
    on Apr 12, 2016 in Uncategorized
    Jonah was in a happy mood on Sunday, and I caught a lot of it on camera – and video. He’s 14 now and sometimes the teenager in him shows through: After car ride Jonah gently took my wrist, then his daddy’s, and led us both into the...
  • boo feels the bern
    on Apr 12, 2016 in Uncategorized
    Jonah was in a happy mood on Sunday, and I caught a lot of it on camera – and video. He’s 14 now and sometimes the teenager in him shows through: After car ride Jonah gently took my wrist, then his daddy’s, and led us both into the...
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