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Leisa A. Hammett
Author, Speaker, Advocate
Interests: Autism, Art, All the Rest of Life
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Life is a series of graduations, and motherhood, even more so a myriad. Birth mothers graduate from a less complicated life to nine months of anticipation to caretaker of the minutiae ad nauseum of the newborn delight of their heart.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Leisa A. Hammett
Promise you this: You're gonna laugh. You're gonna cry. And you're gonna be really, really sorry if you miss Nashville's Sat., April 26, 7PM TPAC Polk Theater premiere of "Listen to Your Mother." Nashville was one of 32 cities, nationwide,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
You're invited ~ *Small But Mighty; The Art of Autism: Grace Walker Goad Poston Outreach Gallery, Tennessee Art League, downtown Nashville's 5th Avenue of the Arts Opening Reception: Fri., Apr. 4, 6-8 PM, featuring the work of the **Inaugural Artist's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
He perched there. On my porch. Bulging-bellied lil' feller. His coif an iridescent blue. His body beneath his stunning wings, a downy warm, grey, winter white and dramatic strokes of tuxedo black. Mr. Bluejay. Why had he graced my breakfast... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Mighty. In like a lion. March. Like last spring and the spring before, GraceArt's schedule becomes Mighty-er. So for now, I'm leaving you with this. Now go get your calendar. You're invited" Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Absolutely, Jessica! Thank you for doing your part!
Three-plus minutes. Grab a hankie. This good. This is real. To view on filmscreen, which you'll need to read the captions click on the large, blue words describing the film below: To read how this film came to be, see... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Thanks, Dede.
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2014 on Pining for an Empty Nest at Leisa A. Hammett
Never was I one of those mothers who cried when they sent their baby(ies) off to nursery school. Okay. I confess, I winced a nanosecond, my eyes moistening. I stood on the other side of the open window, the thin,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Okay, Lori, doing that right now. My pleasure!
A sentinel. She stands. Each morning, other side frigid window panes. A single, shriveled leaf borne, sole remains from bounty once red. Grey. Shorn of cover, rising grace. Sharing border of scalloped fence, crammed Cedar triplets, crowned with remnant of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
"A person’s great love and a person’s great heartbreak are almost never the same thing and it seems to me that most people spend a lot of time being protective of the wrong one. Yesterday, I was very sad, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
A band of warriors will ascend Tennessee's Capitol Hill Wednesday. Some would say they are wounded warriors. Many are weary. And, I am one of them. It's annual DisAbility Day on the Hill. Nashville's major daily, The Tennessean, has nobly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
This video by my California friends who founded Celebrate Autism says it all. And, GraceART is featured: And that link, made clickable for your donation is: Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
I know you are there. You see, bloggers don't know who specifically visits their blog, but most "blogging platforms" allow the owner to see where the visitors are coming from (Facebook links, Google searches, websites, etc.,) and at which categories... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Jamie, I love that you all went to Tybee and I love your description. I have found myself wishing I could have ended the holiday there instead of the other way around--starting it out there. I'm still wrapping my head around new paradigms with my spiritual mentor about all of this. Here's a stab: Clear the emotional clutter that holds you back from using your gifts for service. And once you know what it is that you are called to do, surrender to the outcome. Happy New Year, Jamie. I was just thinking of you today and wishing to spend some time with you.
I'm grateful for my former neighbor, the complainer. No, really. I am grateful that every time I rounded the curve on my daily walks and saw her, she complained. Specifically, she complained about the weather. It was either too hot... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Leisa A. Hammett
Today, these last hours of the year, feels sacred to me. I'm savoring moments of quiet and still--part of Winter's gift. And, I'm also looking at the gifts brought this past year and how I can continue to grow into... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Leisa A. Hammett
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Friends. Here's wishing you time to reflect and ponder. To walk. To eat something that satisfies. Plenty of time to be quiet, contemplative. To read a good book. To hug a loved one. To be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Leisa A. Hammett
Winter. She is the finer artist. For her palette, no adornment of leaf. No riches of color. She must etch frozen earth, burn glow of sun onto naked fingerling branches. Some, self-concerned, are blind to her beauty. Trite, yes, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Leisa A. Hammett
Hey, Charlotte! I love that you write about this being a creative time. Winter does inspire me. Just about the only time I write poetry. And I am feeling creative and I am writing. (Blog posts. : /)
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winter sun seeking kisses from a silent soul Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Leisa A. Hammett
Hi, Jamie, the only online method is through and that's an email link to me for cards. We are not e-commerce yet but finally have some more help on that for the new year. I will message you personally. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2013 on GraceArt Holiday Roundup! at Leisa A. Hammett
GraceART is happening all around and about NashVegas and here's some highlights of where you can find the work of Grace Walker Goad, my 19-year-old daughter with autism. This blog post never made it to the light of day this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Leisa A. Hammett
Love this, Charlotte! Tweeting, Facebooking and Pinning. :) Thanks for reminding me about Karen Drucker. Haven't thought of her in a long time. I have two CDs.
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