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Back in Berkeley after 27 years
writing :: advocacy :: autism :: disability :: res matris
Interests: Greek & Latin & Classics. music & literature (poetry most of all). writing & translating. ocean. Greece. walking the long road with my best pals jim & charlie
Recent Activity
Charlie is now on Spring Break. Hee's been anticipating it for the past three weeks, with a surge of worry this past week (as manifested... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at We Go With Him
Charlie is starting in the Workability program (last Friday, his job was to clean up the Richmond auditorium). On Monday, Jim texted me (I was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at We Go With Him
After a bike (Charlie's bike, in particular) has been ridden for thousands and thousands of miles, it is inevitable that it shows some signs of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at We Go With Him
Two bike rides is the standard on our weekends. Saturday, over one bridge to Marin County and then over the Golden Gate to San Francisco... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at We Go With Him
Charlie has been named Student of the Month for March at his school! A piece I wrote, Charlie in Autismland: A Lesson in Parenthood, was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at We Go With Him
My son listens to music as much as he can and I'd like to think this is what he hears.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2014 on Win a Precious Little Things poster at intro
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That is Jim's mantra and we put it into operation on a rainy Saturday. It seems our new thing is , in response to Charlie's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at We Go With Him
That's an area we'll have to explore! So far, Peninsula rides have been splendid. Charlie is not into museums. He went to a couple of children's museums when he was younger and liked them enough; just hasn't been interested now that he's older. Will take a look-see at the Coyote Point Museum! And I agree about the Exploratorium; I enjoyed it as a kid but I don't think it would be to Charlie's liking.
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2014 on Feels Like We're On Vacation at We Go With Him
It occurs to me that if you read only the most recent posts of this blog, you'd think Charlie does little other than ride his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at We Go With Him
From the McDonalds in Millbrae, Charlie and Jim went down El Camino Real (the name smacks of the conquistadors but it's all suburban commerce in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at We Go With Him
Three, four or was it more years ago we stopped taking vacations. We've never been inclined to go to any of the Disney parks; our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at We Go With Him
It took almost two months, but the silver car we got after trading in our much used and loved black and white cars to a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at We Go With Him
Back in Jersey City, Spring Break is starting and, five years ago, I was on my way to Greece for the first time ever. Here... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at We Go With Him
@audball. hello! I think the barometric pressure change could have something to do with it! and also, when we lived back East, Charlie often fell apart in February-- all those months of being stuck inside added up! Hope March brings good times for you and yours! @Tim, great to hear from you! Hope it is far warmer, or at least a bit, in Denver now. I have to say, I do not miss snow.
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2014 on February Rite at We Go With Him
Everytime I look at the word "advocacy" I have a brief Latin etymological brain freeze moment, the result of learning Latin at the age of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at We Go With Him
It's February 25 so we've been in California a full two months, 75 inches of snow have fallen in New Jersey and Charlie's IEP is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at We Go With Him
Obviously Charlie has been riding bikes with Jim (at least 55 miles this weekend; rain is expected at the end of this week -- Charlie... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at We Go With Him
I only had to leave two voice mails with Charlie's pediatric neurologist in New Jersey to get a prescription refilled. Yay. Charlie asked me to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at We Go With Him
As I was running back down from the Berkeley hills, I saw a woman in UC Berkeley sweats walking a beagle. I veered across the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at We Go With Him
Starting on the Kalends of February and just as the Year of the Horse began, Charlie had a really tough time of it. (Let's put... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at We Go With Him
It's been raining pretty much non-stop since Friday here. I suspect all this rain (much-needed, given the drought emergency) was a reason for Charlie's week... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at We Go With Him
February is from the Latin Februarius, which is from februum which refers to Februa, a purification ritual that fell on February 15 in the old... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at We Go With Him
I'm thinking time with a non-parent can indeed be very helpful. Charlie went on very few trips into the community at his old school and to places like a movie theater (for a special showing just for kids from his school) or a farm museum (that he'd visited a couple of times). But most of his 'into-the-community' experiences in past years have all been with us. -- We are maybe starting to enter the 'new normal, though I suspect I shouldn't hold my breath!
Toggle Commented Feb 2, 2014 on New school, week 2 at We Go With Him
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at We Go With Him
The weekend involved a solid flurry of emails cc'd to many parties and then I wrote one more on Monday in regard to the sleepy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at We Go With Him