Finding My Passion for Teaching

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 […]

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The Story Behind River Oasis

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 […]

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Listen to My Voice

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 […]

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Not Autistic Enough

I have given at least 100 presentations on living with autism to crowds of all sizes.  My most requested presentation is entitled Let Me Fall.  I begin with a preview of a documentary made about me called The Shadow Listener, and then introduce myself as being autistic.   I talk about growing up with autism, […]

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The Tiny Rowboat

Coexisting with my neurological roommate, autism. While traveling with friends this past week, I got to visit a lakeside park in Toronto.  We walked down a gravel path and onto a small beach that was nestled into a sheer rock cliff. The clean, crisp strength of the rock gently draws the eyes around the cove, […]

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Struggling to Understand an Over-Politicized Nation

I do not usually talk about politics, but I find myself in a precarious position today. Many issues we face as humans have somehow become political, when they are ethical, personal, or simply in regard to human survival. I believe these issues are; the arts, the environment, education, and health. We as a society seem […]

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Music Saved My Life

I have had some time to look over what this group is doing for the arts. The Creative Coalition understands the value of the arts in society and in education. Many of you know I had a private violin teacher whom I adored, but I was also trained in the public school orchestra program under […]

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Happy New Year!

Snowflakes 2014 All that could have gone wrong with this film, did. My mic stopped working, forcing me to replace the violin with a midi instrument on the soundtrack. Then, my camera failed, so I had to film the entire thing with my iPhone. Finally, my aging laptop caused iMovie to crash 16 times, and […]

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The Shadow Song of an Autism Christmas

Guest blog post for Awe in Autism I loved Christmas as a kid. The excitement of gifts was a small part of it, but what I really liked was the music, the yummy family cookies, and the Christmas tree. There are so many fond memories of Christmas with family. My dad would string the hundreds […]

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