The Time is Now to Find Your Inner Charles Dickens!

Wackford Squeers? Serjeant Buzfuz? Hiram Grewgious? Diggory Chuzzlewit? Hah! Just to be clear, I am not on the lash and quite sober and my wireless keyboard did not temporarily go wonky. What then, of the above gibberish? Why, they are all characters straight out of a Charles Dickens novel! The Newspaper Press Fund (now calledContinue reading “The Time is Now to Find Your Inner Charles Dickens!”

A Trip Around the Thumb

My daughter has always loved taking road trips. But these excursions are no ordinary road trips, and after many years of trial and error they have become heavily regulated. These rules of travel may no longer be discussed or acknowledged, but they still, in fact, do exist: * Expressways and highways must be avoided atContinue reading “A Trip Around the Thumb”

We Will Always Have The Lazy Hideaway

We have visited Sanibel, Florida many times over the years—my daughter even visited before she was born!—and for about 98% of the time we have stayed at one resort. Five years ago, we decided to locate a different dwelling to rent for our week-long vacation: a cottage with a dock to fish as often asContinue reading “We Will Always Have The Lazy Hideaway”

Pins of Spring

I recently published two pins on Pinterest: one about my favorite sound of spring, the other a nice graphic on the steps to take when one finds a baby cottontail rabbit. I did not realize it at the time of publication, but these pins have an intertwined history—namely, both relate to my time as a wildlifeContinue reading “Pins of Spring”

Reflections From the Countryside-Column 1

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the editor of a local newspaper allowed me to write a fortnightly column with one caveat: I also had to write and submit news stories. The assignments ran the gamut, from covering monthly township meetings to writing about new business openings. This column is oneContinue reading “Reflections From the Countryside-Column 1”

Happy Birthday to My Hero!

My daughter’s birthday is in a few days, and once again I am completely gobsmacked at how quickly time goes by. Yesterday I searched through the hundreds of photographs I have taken of her over the years, and I inserted a few of them into a slideshow. Some were taken during her ABA (for autism)Continue reading “Happy Birthday to My Hero!”

I really DID see it on the internet!

In 2012, Katie’s formal ABA program had ended approximately 14 years before, and I had always wanted to document our experiences. After my daughter graduated from high school in spring 2012, she began classes at a local community college that fall, and I would drop her off and wait in the library until she wasContinue reading “I really DID see it on the internet!”

Hurricane Irma and Island Times Three

Yesterday I posted an image of my upcoming mystery novel, Island Times Three, on Pinterest. I’ve yet to complete the edits, as I am trying to get Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery ready for print. But after I posted the image, my thoughts turned to the time I spent researching the history of SanibelContinue reading “Hurricane Irma and Island Times Three”

The Impact of ABA and Discrete Trial Training

As I noted in my previous post, my daughter and I talked with many Navigating Autism Today conference attendees last week, and some of them were concerned about the use of aversives. I was taken aback by the topic since so much has been written about the fact that aversives are no longer used whenContinue reading “The Impact of ABA and Discrete Trial Training”

What a Day!

The Navigating Autism Today conference is over, and my daughter and I have thankfully decompressed. Unfortunately, I had spent so much time gathering everything we would need for our table that I missed my self-imposed deadline for my next post. At the same time I was trying to think of a topic, my husband askedContinue reading “What a Day!”