Category Archives: emotions

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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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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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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The Story Behind River Oasis

lauranadine/ July 31, 2017/ autism, emotions, music, Rising Like the Phoenix/ 0 comments

Dear Phoenix, Did I ever tell you about why I wrote the shadow song, River Oasis? I struggle with knowing who my friends are.  People say they are my friends, but I sometimes get confused with the term friends. Everyone seems to have their own definition of what a friend is, so I just really never know, until a confirmation event.

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What You See is Not What I See

lauranadine/ September 19, 2016/ autism, emotions, Uncategorized/ 2 comments

What You See is Not What I See Everywhere around me is music.  I call this music Shadow Songs.  Just as everything around us casts a shadow, everything I see sings its own unique music.  I have published many tracks of my shadow songs. [soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Recently I visited New York City with a good

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Listen to My Voice

lauranadine/ May 1, 2016/ autism, emotions, music, Uncategorized/ 1 comments

Listen to My Voice In an interview with NPR’s A Closer Look, my son, Jacob, and I talk about living with autism. During our interview we talk about many aspects of our lives, but one theme is reoccurring – a sense of belonging.  Jacob and I both speak of not having a place to fit into every day society, and how our

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