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Real/Real

On Thursday, my neighbor of 50 years said to me, “Fuck your mother.” Unfortunately, I wished him the same. However, I think his remark was out of bounds as I only asked him to move his car forward a little bit to make it easier for me to get out of my driveway. We had a screaming fest, heavily laden with expletives, as I mainly parroted back what was shouted […]

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Reflections on Time

60 is fast approaching. I have no idea of what it is I am supposed to do once I meet this fated age. I don’t feel 60. I don’t look 60. I don’t think 60, except for my understanding and ruminating all over history, and my memories of how things once were. What is commonplace that was uncommon back in the day? Violence is still the same, more common than […]

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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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