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Nov.24.2010
I grew up with one sibling, a younger brother, and it wasn't until I was 16 that I discovered I had two half-sisters and a half-brother who lived with our father and his second wife -- just a Greyhound bus trip away. Back then, in the late '60s, when couples with children divorced, custody...
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Jul.20.2010
Because I wanted a peek into my not-so-distant future, I ran over to San Francisco to catch the first showing of Sundance favorite The Kids Are All Right, a film that could be the sequel to my own family's story. Like the movie, my two teenagers were conceived with the sperm of an unknown donor...
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Jun.11.2010
Writing a memoir is definitely not for sissies. My fifteen-year-old son was reading his advance copy of my book a few months ago, and every evening when I walked past him, his long legs sprawled over the arm of the easy chair, I squinted my eyes and asked, “Where are you now?”   “What do you...
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Feb.13.2009
On Valentine’s Day, twelve-year-old Ben races into the house and heads straight to the kitchen. “Are we having Cactus?” he asks Pam. “Yes, you’re having a treat tonight,” she says. “But is it Cactus?” Cactus Taqueria is his favorite burrito restaurant. “You’re having a burrito, yes.” “But is it...
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Jan.31.2009
Here's another excerpt of my memoir-in-progress about working with children on the autism spectrum while raising a son with Asperger's Syndrome. (Part 7)    Prescription Every week, the special education teacher and I spend several hours meeting with parents whose children are struggling in...
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Jan.24.2009
Here’s another installment from my memoir-in-progress about raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome while working as a school psychologist.   Direct Hit             I’m sitting across the table from a kindergarten girl with Down’s Syndrome when she lets go an explosive, uncovered sneeze. The...
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Jan.19.2009
tantrum [tan-truh m]   -noun A violent demonstration of rage or frustration; a sudden burst of ill temper.  A fit of bad temper. Also called hissy fit. Welcome to the world of tantrums At the picture window, Ben waves good-bye to Pam and Thomas in the mornings, and then with the same hand...
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Jan.10.2009
Stealth We have nicknamed our second-born son “Mellow Man,” attributing his easy-going personality to his status as a second child. He falls asleep anywhere and wakes up happy. At eighteen months, he lets me rub creamy SPF 48 lotion on his chubby arms and legs, smoothing it on his soft baby skin,...
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Jan.03.2009
Lovey Boy The first time Ben saw a football huddle on TV, he said, “Kiss, hug.” And the first time he saw a football tackle and pile up, he laughed and said, “Whole family fall down.”   Notes to my Firstborn Liz had a holiday party for the families at her daycare, and when we arrived she showed...
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Dec.28.2008
I'm writing a memoir about working as a school psychologist with children on the autism spectrum while raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome. Thought I'd share a few installments. Here's the first one. Beginnings When I was twenty, I stuck a bumper sticker on my bile-colored Datsun Honeybee that...
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Jul.12.2008
If there’s an award for the most excerpts published from a memoir manuscript, I’m definitely in the running. My memoir, BLOOD STRANGERS, about three generations of adoption and absent fathers in my family, has been excerpted in five journals and three anthologies. One was nominated for a Pushcart...
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