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Leisa A. Hammett
Nashville
Author, Speaker, Advocate
Interests: Autism, Art, All the Rest of Life
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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
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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
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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
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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! :)
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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
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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
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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.
A warm-ish late February, 2014, was fading into March when 80 women and one man auditioned for Nashville's inaugural cast of Listen to You Mother. Thirteen of us were chosen to share the stage in voicing our experiences of motherhood,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Thank you, Katie. Glad you do. :)
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2014 on Feel the Heat at Leisa A. Hammett
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Lean into it. One of my former adopted mentors used to advise us to feel our physical pain. She was the leader of a group of women who all were experiencing symptoms of systemic yeast syndrome, which, back then, in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Thank you, Sara Sharpe, dear. I especially appreciate the affirmation coming from you, talented creative one, you. As always, Mary Parker Bernard, thank you. You are so supportive and gracious. Re: this week's blog post on the full circle of family, art & love: http://www.leisahammett.com/2014/06/a-full-circle-of-family-love-and-art.html
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Through the building's glass walls, the greenscape of Atlanta back dropped our meeting. Around the table sat architects, interior designers, builders, and developers. There, in their midst, I had one of those moments: part "AHA!" Part warm fuzzy. One that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Yes, Mary, it can sometimes be an ongoing battle for many of us. I think it starts with awareness and maybe having conversations with our younger loved ones about our own struggles. Since writing this post, ha, I saw some pictures taken of me this last weekend that evidenced how busy I was during April, which meant I chose to eat out every meal. Lunch and dinner! Hello! So, I've been challenged with authenticity to my words. I think the answer often is within loving ourselves, all of ourselves, and remembering our bodies, though they do need to be kept healthy and thus exercised and not over-fed, are just a shell to the real (spiritual) being of the us inside, which is what really counts. It's when we (I include me) get sucked into the cultural mindset that the outer is all we are and all that matters. xo.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2014 on Hello, 54, and Welcome! at Leisa A. Hammett
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One year. Ten years. Sixteen. Eighteen. Nineteen. I remember those significant birthdays of my daughter. But, as a friend suggested yesterday, today's number is pivotal. Not only is my daughter no longer a child, she is no longer an adolescent.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Thank you, Sandra--my friend in high school. Ha. Wow 33 years!
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Thank you, Scarlett and, as always, Mary Bernard.
Wow, Krista. Thanks for the accolades. And I love what you write here: We can use our words for speaking life. Yes! Lovely!
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2014 on Hello, 54, and Welcome! at Leisa A. Hammett
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Recently, I was a part of a good-sized group of women for a fabulous project. We had numerous photos taken of our group and were filmed several times. Which...gave us ample opportunity to do that thing that women nowadays do:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
I love how you teach by example, Tammy!
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A small, rainbow-colored glass magnet attaches her picture to the side of our fridge. The photo freeze frames her donning a graduation hat, perched slightly crooked with a large bobby pin securing a cowlick-y clump of hair near the backside... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Thanks, Scarlett, Mary. It was awesome!
Toggle Commented May 28, 2014 on "Lightening Bugs On Steroids" at Leisa A. Hammett