Tonight, I am Playing the Shadow Songs for You

lauranadine/ August 18, 2017/ autism, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 0 comments

Instead of writing a letter to Phoenix, tonight, I will be taking my violin to the edge of the water to play shadow songs to the sunset. Inspired by a student who taught me of the Japanese concept “mono no aware”, the awareness of impermanence (mujō), or transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness at their passing as well

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Time to Be Naked and Return to Innocence

lauranadine/ August 16, 2017/ autism, emotions, Rising Like the Phoenix, Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Dear Phoenix, I posted on Facebook yesterday about the hate and violence infecting the US.  I was moved to post something because silence seems wrong. In my post I had noted that for 22 years, no one bothered the Boston Holocaust memorial. Now it has been vandalized twice in 6 weeks. White-supremacy is not acceptable. Racism is not acceptable. Bigotry

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Finding My Passion for Teaching

lauranadine/ August 14, 2017/ autism, music, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 1 comments

Dear Phoenix, There is a certain kind of giddy I get when I think about the students I teach.  Every one of them brings to me a renewed sense of the world around me. When I first started teaching, I worked as an after school music tutor.  After a few sessions, I knew that teaching was misunderstood as a profession

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Presuming Parental Compentence

lauranadine/ August 11, 2017/ autism, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 1 comments

Dear Phoenix, I am getting ready to talk about us at a conference in San Diego next month. As I was scanning my past presentations, I realized that the gap between parents and teachers are growing, and neither of them are to blame. A quick scan of therapies for Autism, and articles on special education, so much on parental incompetence

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Traveling with Autism is getting harder, not easier. Why?

lauranadine/ August 10, 2017/ autism, emotions, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 0 comments

Dear Phoenix, It is not uncommon to see public spaces with accommodations of various types.  Restaurants have high chairs for little ones who can’t reach the tables quite yet.  Shopping malls have strollers for children and wheelchairs for elderly who find it difficult to walk the entire mall.  Even in states with public smoking restrictions, many of these places still

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Teaching Phoenix to Climb

lauranadine/ August 4, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Dear Phoenix, It has been a few days since I last wrote to you, but something amazing has happened.  I am in Alta, Wyoming attending the wedding of a good friend of mine.  She wanted my shadow songs to accompany her wedding on the top of a mountain facing Grand Teton.  It is beautiful. To arrive at ceremony spot, I

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Today I am Proud of my Autistic Son

lauranadine/ August 2, 2017/ autism, emotions, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 2 comments

Dear Phoenix, I have to tell you today about my son, Jacob.  After years of hard work, struggling with people telling him he would fail because of his autism, and many mistakes, he graduated high school.  He will be 17 on Friday. Like it?  I think his ideas for design are fascinating.  You can see more on his portfolio. Jacob’s

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Monday Grievances

lauranadine/ August 1, 2017/ autism, emotions, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 0 comments

Dear Phoenix, I’m filled with so much frustration over the way things are going for me lately that all of my carefully built filters are burning off.  I am finding it more and more difficult to keep quiet about the things others do that hinder progress, or create barriers.  I wanted to write to you about it today, but your

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