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Old People Better Stand Up

Tired of old people, older people, being ignored in the drive to the future. Those of us over 50 have a whole lot to give to our culture and the world. All this focus on K-12, all the rhetoric breathed and theory advanced, well and good, but any society that fails to provide accessible opportunities for continual skills development and general knowledge acquisition to all her citizens is a society […]

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Autistic Inertia

Originally posted on No Longer in a Box:
Autistic Inertia is basically a state of wanting or needing to do something, but being completely unable to do it, almost like a paralysis. There is a good article about Autistic Inertia here:¬†http://archive.autistics.org/library/inertia.html and one of the examples it gives is: -Wants to do math homework -Is frustrated about not doing math homework -make elaborate plans to do homework -STILL does not…

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Suddenly, Medical Care is Different

I posted before that diagnosis of AS was too expensive a service to be provided to the poor. Also, the focus is on children, as if people born with this neurological difference came into existence only after the difference was included in the DSM. It took 17 years to get a correct diagnosis of a family member who was taken to psychologists from childhood. Now that health insurance for poor […]

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Todos los Dias

Every morning, no matter how I try to avoid it, I am forced to listen to the crazy woman across the street rant, rave, and rail at her children. I believe she is mentally ill. She has referred to herself as a time-bomb, ready to explode. I guess these morning outbursts are the prelude to the major eruption. Is this the new motherhood? This household is thug central. Too many […]

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The Morale Officers

Ever met a Morale Officer? It is this officer’s duty to see that the troops are happy or, at the least, not dismally unhappy. To help maintain healthy mental and emotional behaviors while in the midst of struggle, the Morale Officer plans diversions and activities for the troops to help lift the oppression of battle and add a bit of light and levity to an otherwise brutal situation. Once I […]

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Mud Bath

Shirley struggled into her swimsuit and waddled down to the river for a quick dip before the children were up and demanding her attention. She sidled up to the river bank and edged over the rise, descending into a culvert shadowed by tree limbs. Slowly, she lowered her girth into the cool water, careful to avoid the root tangle pouring from the bank. Sinking blissfully into the muddy waters, she […]

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Ruby Dee and all the Saints

Slight in physical stature, Ruby Dee was larger than life to me. With her husband, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee was an activist, a fighter for social justice, an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement. I grew up with her. Losing her is quite a devastating blow even though I never knew her personally. Dee’s acting could be achingly poignant or tongue-in-cheek hilarious. She had interesting diction and could deliver […]

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