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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Will you calm down?  I took all my blood to Newman's.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Will you calm down? I took all my blood to Newman's.”

I probably shouldn’t be blogging right now.  My mind is threatening a meltdown.  The upcoming concerts I’m anticipating are wreaking havoc on my ability to remain calm.  My thoughts are running at warp speed, so there’s little chance I’ll stay on topic today.  If glimpsing someone else’s mindmap in raw form disturbs you, this is your signal to bail.  You’re welcome.  🙃

I wish people would add links to their blog on their

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Blog:The Silent Wave- 'Stop caring about what other people think'

Blog:The Silent Wave- 'Stop caring about what other people think'

The title could certainly be construed as advice.  But it’s also a Note To Self.  And it’s one that’s easier recited than actually adhered to.

There’s this Eternal Inner Duel going on within my core.  One side wants to say “screw ’em; who cares what other people think?” and the other says, “but Because The World.  And you have to survive in it.”

Frustratingly, they’re both right, which is likely why neither side has “won”.

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Blog:Life with Aspergers- Mansplaining and other Conversation Breakers

Blog:Life with Aspergers- Mansplaining and other Conversation Breakers

Of all of the bad things that men do to women, Mansplaining is the one that terrifies me the most on a personal level. This is because I believe that I’m essentially a good person and I’m in control of myself. I know that I can easily avoid most mistakes but mansplaining is different.  It’s not so simple to avoid and it is something that sneaks up on me. Sometimes I don’t realise that

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Pobody's Nerfect-Why Perfectionism Isn't a Good Place To Be

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Pobody's Nerfect-Why Perfectionism Isn't a Good Place To Be

Hi! My name’s Alexandra and I’m a perfectionist. That’s good, eh? Well, let me tell you about it…

One of the autistic traits that often crops up in lists is attention to detail. We’re notorious for focusing on the small things, picking up what others often overlook. And then there is the pattern recognition, and seeking order in our environment. I have many autistic friends who excel at Where’s Waldo? or spotting the differences between two

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Blog:The Silent Wave- (My) autism and restlessness

Blog:The Silent Wave- (My) autism and restlessness

There’s something peculiar about summer, besides the obvious concepts of higher temperatures and the longer daylight hours.  There’s an amped-up-ness, a summer zenith opposing the winter’s nadir, a yang running counter to yin.

And everybody “out there”, meaning outside of my apartment, is just a little more yin.  It happens every year; I wonder if they notice the pattern?

But patterns are my job.  I’m a Systemizer, after all.

I’ve often lived my life with

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Just because a hospital gets a grant to study DNA doesn't mean they're creating a race of mutant pigmen.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Just because a hospital gets a grant to study DNA doesn't mean they're creating a race of mutant pigmen.”

I lost my rhythm.  I’ve been silent for a while, processing.  It becomes an all-consuming task when I lose my groove;  (I hate being in this state because it’s so vulnerable.)  It’s like suddenly being thrust back into your five-year-old skillset, while still trying to function as an adult.  I can’t mask my autism or PTSD symptoms from stranger danger when like this.

The universe is reminding me I’m disabled.  It feels like

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- #TakeTheMaskOff: authentic vulnerability

Blog:Mama Pineapple- #TakeTheMaskOff: authentic vulnerability

One of the things I’ve always hated about myself is how easily I burst into tears, and how often I cry.

That’s not to say I’m ashamed of it. It’s my natural reaction to surprise, bad news, overwhelm, discomfort, confusion, and a whole range of other scenarios, situations and feelings. It’s just how I am.

The reason I hate it is not that it shames me, but because it draws others’ attention to me

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “The carpet cleaning is just a means for them to get into your apartment.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “The carpet cleaning is just a means for them to get into your apartment.”

I’m disgusted by the Americans who continue to support treason. Law applies to all or none. If you think you’re safe as houses while this continues, you’re setting yourself up for a horrible surprise. I’m looking forward to seeing Beyoncè perform live next month. After that, I’ll keep looking forward to seeing Fleetwood Mac a few months later. Assuming we’re not all dead or dying from a nuclear tantrum, that is.

I completed

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- The Medicine Merry Go Round

Blog:Pharaohs World!- The Medicine Merry Go Round

“I think you should stop taking it if it’s not working. Slowly decrease the dose and wean yourself off it”

” I’d like you to increase the dose, to the maximum, over the next few weeks”

The first is my psychiatrist

The second is my neurologist

Talking about the same drug.

Is it working ? . May be. Do I feel better ?. Not exactly but the pain is less sharp.

Has my headache gone

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- The Ecstacy and Pain

Blog:The Secret Aspie- The Ecstacy and Pain

“I will always be the virgin-prostitute, the perverse angel, the two-faced sinister and saintly woman.”― Anaïs Nin, Henry & June

I wrote the below excerpt not long after I met R, he has always been my preferred drug. Last night we messaged til midnight. It was only 10 pm in Shanghai but he had not eaten so I said enough. This morning I received good morning messages and it warms my heart that he

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Take My Hand

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Take My Hand

Take my hand.. and hold on tight… for you’re in for a rough ride my dear… but never fear for I won’t let you go… I will chain you to me with your obedience, submission and adoration… believe in me for I will gladly roll your mind and soul.. with your body as my instrument I will play upon You….my delight .. music to your ears… my hands will touch you … bringing a

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Make a Difference

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Make a Difference

Life is about having meaning. It is about feeling worthy as a person and being fulfilled by what you do. If you do not fulfil that part of you what is the point of being here?

Do you go through your everyday life just to earn money or does what you do excite you? Are you passionate about what you do?

It is that passion, that fire, that empathy that you have for others

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Tell Me Your Name

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Tell Me Your Name

Tell me your name and I will write it on your skin in blood…Feed me your pain and I will love you if just for a little while…..Let me shackle your heart to my wrist and drag you to your knees…I will wrap you in my arms and hold you forever…My chains and words will bind you…Whips and floggers hurt you…But oh so delicious would it be…To tantalize and tease you with my lips…My

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Blog:Paginated Thoughts- Julia has a home on Sesame Street, a world that's always tried to include everyone

Blog:Paginated Thoughts- Julia has a home on Sesame Street, a world that's always tried to include everyone

Guest Blog Post by Sara Liss

[partial view of Sara, who has dark hair in pigtails and is wearing a dark pink shirt, smiling. She sits with a Julia doll, holding onto the doll’s hand. The Julia doll has bright orange hair in pigtails and green eyes, looks happy, and is wearing a pink shirt.]

I wish that Julia the Muppet from Sesame Street had existed when I was a toddler and first learning (not

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Blog:The Secret Aspie- Quiet Week

Blog:The Secret Aspie- Quiet Week

Yep as the title says, very quiet, no play, no R, and concentrating on study. I had a major freak out last night after getting feedback on an essay draft. The only thing I’d done properly was the reference list. Pandora had to do some serious coaching to stop me from having a full fall out. As it was some tears were wept, but I dusted myself off and spent the rest of the night

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Parenting While #Autistic

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Parenting While #Autistic

One thing that sticks in my mind from growing up is how many people reacted with surprise and even shock when they learned that I called my parents by their names.

Mo and Jim, not mum and dad. You’d have thought I was some anarchist on a mission to tear down the confining structures of society. Yeah, well, about that…. Maybe another time.

Mum, dad, mother, father: these are roles, titles. Not people so

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Well, this is a little awkward, isn't it?”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Well, this is a little awkward, isn't it?”

I’m going to borrow a segment from my favorite podcasters, Jade and Keia, of Gettin’ Grown podcast, titled, Honesty Box.  Here we go.  I’m doing this because I know what I’m about to share is generally considered oversharing in society.  I decided life is too short to conform to society’s model of typical.

Oversharing is an invented concept to describe being open in a manner others may find uncomfortable to witness.  If they see

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- I know, I know

Blog:Pharaohs World!- I know, I know

I know..

I meant to be more proactive. Then they increased my meds.

Result. Welcome to Fuzzyland, the land where everything is soft, but not in a nice way. Soft as in a sickly sweet, nauseatingly gooey way; a way which envelops you and makes the outside world indistinct and dream like.

You might think that actually sounds okay but when you are Autistic and thrive in being in control, it’s not.

I panic. I

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