I’m so excited you’re here! And I’m so excited to finally launch my own blog.
Many of you reading this already know me from articles and essays I’ve written regarding autism, vaccine safety concerns, and the experience of being a mother trying to advocate for both. I’ve spent the past 10 years writing, speaking, and working to improve the lives of affected children and families.
It’s likely you’ve followed me on that journey as a fellow parent, advocate, family member, or friend. Your support has meant the world to me, and your encouragement to write on other topics is what has led me here.
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a writer. Interestingly, however, I never wanted to be formally trained in it. I am not. Writing is the only way I know how to truly express myself, and the idea that someone would teach me the technicalities of it felt like it would ruin it for me.
Sometimes I regret that I didn’t learn the craft more formally, but it was and is so personal to me that making it into a subject to study seemed, well, like a violation of it. It is sacred to me. When I write, it comes from my heart. That’s it. I use fragments, make spelling and grammar mistakes, and often can’t type fast enough to get out what I’m thinking. I like it that way.
That said, words, and all of their marvelous glory, are what I chose to center my career on in college anyway. I majored in foreign language education, specifically the teaching of Spanish. Apparently, there weren’t enough words in the English language for me! I needed more.
No, in all seriousness, I have just always been fascinated by communication. Language and the expression of it is what make us distinctly human. And without trying to sound like a cliché, words really can and do change the world. I am in awe of them and their power.
Which is probably why, at least in part, I was so devastated by my daughter’s autism diagnosis. For several years, she could barely speak, and when she did it was only to get her basic needs met. I ached to hear what was inside of her head and heart, and I vowed to be her voice to the best of my ability. I never lose sight of how lucky I am that she has regained her language skills, or how important it is to continue to speak for those who can’t. I strive to do that daily.
But in case you haven’t noticed, autism is a heavy, heavy subject. It’s shrouded in controversy and emotion, with deep divides, hurtful messages, and downright bullying all around. As a pretty sensitive person who hates conflict (And that’s the truth, believe it or not. I’ll be blogging about it soon.), I often have to find other things to concentrate on just to stay sane. Those are the things I’d like to write about here.
Marriage. Friendship. Family. Personal Growth. Parenting. Spirituality. Society. Self-reflection. Humor. Injustice. Politics. Psychology. Education. Anything really. Including the fact that I am currently in the middle of what I call my "mid-life time out". I'm in a very interesting place in my life right now, and I can't wait to share the good, the bad, and the ugly about it with you. (That will be my very first post Monday, so stay tuned!)
In short, I love to reflect on the most meaningful aspects of being human and the things that matter to me most. I hope you’ll enjoy my exploration of them as much as I will, and that you’ll join me in the comments section with your own ideas.
And speaking of comments, I have a few house rules. Comments will be moderated. I do not tolerate hateful or ugly speech. There is a difference between disagreeing and being disrespectful. Like we teach our kids, if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. To borrow from a fellow writer I adore, please wipe your shoes when you enter my house.
Other than that, I have only a few more requests. First, please be patient. I'm not that technologically savvy. It's going to take me a while to get this running the way I envision it. By all means, if you have any tips or ideas on how to make it better, let me know!
And finally, please share what you like here! I will have a Facebook page for this blog that I would love you to “like” (I'll be linking to that soon), and by all means, if you are a blogger and would like to link to me or my articles, I would be flattered.
Again, to all of you who have hounded and encouraged me for years to get moving on this, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. Check in daily, as I will be updating the content several times a week.
Onward, friends! Can't wait to think, grow, and learn together.