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Leisa A. Hammett
Author, Speaker, Advocate
Interests: Autism, Art, All the Rest of Life
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Art is a window into the beauty and potential of people with disAbilities. It all started over a cup of coffee. This is music city. Hit songs are penned upon scratch paper in coffeehouses across town. Last June, my coffee... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Leisa A. Hammett
In a society increasingly driven by the culture of social media, it’s easy to find ourselves living in a fictitious world of Pinterest Perfect and Fantasy Facebook. You know what I’m talking about. Kitchens that are never dirty, family life... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Leisa A. Hammett
Thank you, Katie, Rena and Mithra!
Descending the stairs of a restaurant this morning, I spotted his scarf. Fuschia, accented by a bit teal, and a thin stripe of Tennessee Volunteer orange. Next I noticed the perfect cut of the man's hair. The first thought that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Leisa A. Hammett
Sssshhh! Can you hear it? Can you feel it? Or, is it just me? This year more than ever, I'm in touch with a stillness this post-Christmas/pre-New Years week. I've named it the "Tween Time." There's a hush in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
May you savor stillness amid the week's rush. May you cherish some nurture to body and spirit. May you be renewed for the opportunities awaiting in 2014. Major changes have taken root here. I'll be sharing them in the New... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Thank you, Bren!
I will no longer shoot peace symbols to people in traffic. Tonight I learned my lesson. About five years ago, I spontaneously started shooting peace symbols to cars in my rearview mirror when they allowed me to cut in front... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Today, Christine Mather, writer and theater educator, returns here, to "The Journey with Grace," sorting aloud "the tragedies and controversies besieging the autism community." Christine thought this post was too off-topic for her blog, Autism Reads, so I offered to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Really? My eyes widen and I freeze frame, attempting to wrap my head around the context and stern request, to no one in particular, that some woman has just made at a gathering, index finger wagging; or delivered as a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
The journey of motherhood is meant to be shared with fellow travelers. I believe that sharing, through community, is essential to thriving as a new mother. Today I'm blogging over at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt about the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Thank you, queen mum, aka: holly lu. xo
The autism community, especially, understands the need for compassion. At least when it comes to our sons and daughters with autism. We're not the only ones with this need. Mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, anyone, everyone, needs and deserves compassion. Apparently... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
"We need to talk." It took a couple weeks and lots of calendar study, planning and a couple of false starts when unplanned events swiped our scheduled phone date. But, Debra Hosseini, founder of the blog/website, books and art networking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Sunday, I cried a lot. Not tears of sadness and pain, but outpourings of joy. The night before, Shimai Pottery & Gifts, in their "Studio Shimai" gallery, on the grounds of the nationally famous Loveless Cafe ,hosted EMERGING: Three Young... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Art is a window to the potential and beauty of individuals with disAbilities. Art whispers, lures, and transforms the heart. Art seduces the eyes then burrows into the heart’s core truth, transcending the societal barriers of stereotypes and labels. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Once upon a time, a three-year-old girl, named Grace Walker Goad, was diagnosed with autism. Her family enrolled their only child in all the typical, standard early-childhood interventions of the late 90s: group, private, and public school speech/language therapies; private... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Growing up, our family was the go-to hosts for our faith community's visiting speakers. Often the guests were international. Many years have passed—three decades—since I hosted international visitors, the last time being in my 20s while I lived in Atlanta.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Thanks so much @Carol and @Walker. You understand! :)
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2014 on "HI HELEN! at Leisa A. Hammett
Seeing pictures of myself at this week's art event, I thought it time to hit "publish" on this post written earlier this summer. Never one to routinely look at others and guess their age, I have begun to spot the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
There's four opportunities to see and purchase the art of Grace Walker Goad this summer and fall. 1) Tomorrow, Thursday, August 7, come see us at the outdoor market of Green Hills' Whole Foods Market, 4-7 PM. We're continuing our... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Life happens to you while you're busy making other plans." ~ John Lennon Whether a mother or father has one child or five, whether their sons and daughters are "typically developing" or have a disAbility, in our culture, we tend... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Have you heard? Nashville loves food! Nashville has become a town of foodies, among other things. Long before national media named us the "IT CITY,"—a moniker that makes us both puff with pride and tremble a little about what we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Yes it was, Mary! And I was amazed that Brigid was balancing all that was on her plate during that season. I thought of you today! How thoughtful of you to comment and express then and now such affirming words. I am honored. Best to you.