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Leisa A. Hammett
Author, Speaker, Advocate
Interests: Autism, Art, All the Rest of Life
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Meredith, you are so wise. I always appreciate your kind, gentle, affirming words.
Day two here in Nashville's worst ice storm in two decades. Area public schools are cancelled for the week as we thaw from phase one and brace for two and possibly three more hits of this epic winter event. Early... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Leisa A. Hammett
Patty, Suzanne, Angela, I am moved by each of your comments. Thank you for your graciousness and understanding. Suzanne, your words about Grace are especially appreciated. You get it. Love to all.
Thank you, @Mary. This was a difficult post to put out there. And, @Carol, thank you. Wise words.
"What is it about what I've said that's upsetting to you?" There was an awkward pause in our conversation. I looked up to the ceiling, sniffed, and then reached across the kitchen table and grabbed a tissue to blot the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Leisa A. Hammett
Thank you for commenting, Cathy. I appreciate your kind comments about my post and about dear J'laine. Unfortunately, when my blog changes over to WordPress and it's new design next week....All comments on my current blog platform are going to be lost. Hope to meet you at BAM soon. :)
Potent message that covers a vast arena of problematic cultural issues. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Leisa A. Hammett
Really, now—? Was being a member of the inaugural cast of Nashville's Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) in April, 2014, truly "life changing," as I and others involved had dubbed it? Last week, in an internal dialogue, I pondered the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Leisa A. Hammett
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 Jan 22, 2015 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