Blogust: When Your Comments Save Lives

August = Blogust. And Blogust is the wonderful time of year when the UN Foundation's Shot@Life taps members of the social media milieu and Blogosphere, to use our synergistic connectivity to save lives: "Every time you comment on or share the Blogust posts, Walgreens will help provide a life-saving vaccine for children around the world who need them most."That means that every comment -- on this post, or on one of the Blogust14 posts that will be rolling out during this month of August -- is literally a chance to save a life, to get a vaccine to a child who otherwise would not get have that chance. It couldn't be easier, so please comment comment comment and spread the word.Here's more of what Blogust is all about: Image description: tiny beige-skinned girl,age 3, holding an inflated purple latexglove in front of her face ....more

Autism, Staycations, Patience, and Decompression

Image description: a beige-skinnedboy with brown hair, seen from behind,at a distance, swimming in a poolsurrounded by a beige railing & deckwith trees and blue sky behind and above Leo and I have had a lot of together time this week. It's a bit of a staycation. The rest of our immediate family is in Canada, ziplining over 500 ft chasms and watching firework festivals ....more

I Like Smart Smut And I Cannot Lie

I do love intelligent smut. A smart smutty novel is one of my favorite ways to decompress (and mental decompressing is key right now, after the wonderful whirlwind that was BlogHer14). Unfortunately, good smut can be hard to find ....more

Self-Pity Is for Suckers: BlogHer14's 10x10 Project

Image description: Red-headed dork holding papers,wearing a dress, speaking. In front of blue & purple BG.Photo credit: Marla/@DvinMsM This is the prepared text from my BlogHer 10x10 speech. Which went well, I think ....more

Beyond Disneyland: California Destinations My Autistic Son Loves

"We love it when our guests are happy!" That's what the red-coated Monterey Bay Aquarium official told me, as she and I stood next to my son Leo, who was blissfully sprawled out on the the floor looking up at a tank full of sparkling anchovies. I had just explained to her that Leo was enraptured rather than upset or injured, and I hoped it was OK for him to be on the floor since his sisters and I were ringing him and he wasn't in anyone's way. Autism acceptance as guest relations policy. What a wonder. What a gift. ...more
Shannon Des Roches Rosa Laurend1985 Yes, but I really didn't want to say it here.  He's high ...more

BlogHer14

The BlogHer14 conference is in one week, in fabulous downtown San Jose. I am speaking there. Twice! ...more

The Poppy Seeds

California poppies. Growing in my pavers.[Image Description: Bright orange-yellow flowers punctuating a small green bush, with long greenseed pods poking out at intervals, all growing in the seam between dark gray patio paver blocks] If you're a "life's little pleasures" sort like me, then perhaps you'll get why one of my favorite early summer activities is gathering California poppy seeds....more

Join Me in Busting Vaccine-Autism Myths

In less than 24 hours, I'll be the primary discussant in a Voices for Vaccines Conference Call and Twitter Chat about vaccines and autism. We'll be busting those vaccine-autism myths of course, but will also discuss how to be a vaccine advocate without inadvertently steamrolling autistic people like my son.Parents should be afraid of deadly diseases, not autism. Autistic people have always been here (and they deserve to be vaccinated, too) ....more

The Bloody Shirt

Routine FTW [Image Description:Close up of young man with beige skin& curly short brown hair, looking pensive.] We just returned from a San Diego vacation -- essentially Camp Grandma. These visits are generally golden times, especially during the summer when we spend large parts of our days as ocean-dwelling dolphins. My mother kindly lets our crew invade her close-enough-to-the-beach-to-walk home several times each year, so we've established routines like daily morning walks to the three round trip miles Best Coffee in San Diego, where Leo's parents can get caffeinated and Leo himself can get a scone.On our very first day, moments after this happy yellow shirt shot was taken, Leo tripped over a bump in the path ....more

One Healthier Autistic Dude

Last year at this time, Leo met with an endocrinologist to assess his health. Partially due to the medication he takes to help him manage his anxiety, he had elevated blood sugar and triglycerides. The first put him at risk for diabetes, the second for pancreatitis ....more