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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “The carpet sweeper is the biggest scam perpetrated on the American public since One Hour Martinizing.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “The carpet sweeper is the biggest scam perpetrated on the American public since One Hour Martinizing.”

I’m so upset because I just found out Sheryl Crow has supported Autism $peaks in the past.  I’ve been studying her career lately, and am so impressed with her skills.  She’s brilliant, and she speaks up about the horrible realities of the status quo.  I didn’t expect to uncover this gut-wrenching information.  Everything I know about her, albeit, not much, tells me she must be unaware of the organization’s controversial history.

I’ve gone back and

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Blog:tagaught- Update: Life and #AutismPresentation (Help?)

Blog:tagaught- Update: Life and #AutismPresentation (Help?)

So, it’s been a while since my last update. Not as long as some intervals, but definitely a while. In that while, a lot of things have happened.

My middle sister got married (yay!). (It was lovely, small ceremony.) I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis (answers, at last, to the pain and inflammation!). I joined the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre of Applied Health Research Autism Research Exchange Group (as well as two other Research Exchange

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Elaine is writing a sitcom!”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Elaine is writing a sitcom!”

I’m so glad it’s finally cooled off.  I love fall and winter.  I finished watching season 7 of Game of Thrones.  I’m so pleased with what HBO has created.  The season was short, but so much happened.  I purchased the seasons on Bluray because I don’t have HBO, but I plan on subscribing before season 8 begins, now that I’ve seen what they can do.

I wrote a short story about a scientist who

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Stop crying and fight your father!”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Stop crying and fight your father!”

Welp.  I did something today I didn’t think I would.  I reached out to the VA for care.  Granted, M has strongly suggested I do so repeatedly.  As a doctor, it seems it’s excruciating for him to watch my health decline for lack of care.  I also reached out to the Patient Care Advocacy to assist in ensuring I’m not subjected to further abuse.  (They’re but the first in the chain-of-command.)

It’s not

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Time For A Change?

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Time For A Change?

As I write this I’m not sure if I’m going to post it but I need to collect my thoughts, analyse what lies beneath my severe depression and inability to lift out of this state for any length of time.

There was a girl and she loved to program, to see the moving parts in her mind and then actually craft them in this magical box in front of her so that they would turn

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Here's to those who wish us well, and those who don't can go to hell.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Here's to those who wish us well, and those who don't can go to hell.”

I realize I don’t explicitly discuss autism on this blog very often.  It’s because I’m autistic; it’s an intrinsic part of my perception and life, as is PTSD, and my ongoing battle against depression.  On my journey to becoming my best self, I encounter many allies who share their experiences and understand every aspect of my struggles.  Some are also autistic, but many carry luggage with different labels.

I’ve learned to apply caution

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- What's in the bag? A look at Mama's stim kit.

Blog:Mama Pineapple- What's in the bag? A look at Mama's stim kit.

As time has gone on since my formal autism identification in 2016, and as I’ve gradually learned more about myself – my autistic self – I’ve got better and better at recognising what makes me tick.

What makes me anxious, overwhelmed, panicked, angry. What makes me calm, happy, blissed out, joyful.

I’m increasingly better at looking after myself. But this ability to look after myself is continually pushed to its limits, and beyond. It

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Blog:The Silent Wave- Remembering school life as a child unknown to be on the Asperger's / autism spectrum

Blog:The Silent Wave- Remembering school life as a child unknown to be on the Asperger's / autism spectrum

Two years ago, before the damage to my brain last year, I was a more prolific writer, fueled in no small part by the newness of the discovery that I was almost assuredly on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum, a theory that would be confirmed about 6 weeks later by a licensed professional.

When one is found to be on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum later in life, much water has rushed under the bridge.  The later the discovery,

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “It's pretty hot under these lights, huh, Seinfeld?”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “It's pretty hot under these lights, huh, Seinfeld?”

I had to pull out my weighted blanket, last night.  It didn’t help immediately, as in the past.  I was burning like Daenerys Stormborn when I first attempted sleep.  Whenever I feel overheated or short-winded, my body wants to move as if the activity will validate my discomfort.  I played Amelia Bedelia’s favorite game of hiding and stalking.  I suspect it amuses me as much as it does her.

I discovered she has

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Blog:Yes, That Too- Five Meals

Blog:Yes, That Too- Five Meals

Hi all, long time no see, time for a “meet the blogger” type post to see if I can get myself writing. (It’s been a rough year, and not just because of the political situation. Though being scared of that makes things much harder.) Anyways. 1) my moms chicken noodle soup2) 拉面 (la/lo mian/mein), as done at small places in large Chinese cities3) Mac and cheese with cayenne and tuna4) Lamb vindaloo5) Three layer chocolate

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- My Autumn Sun

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- My Autumn Sun

Through cold and lonely winter’s nightI dream of far-off days of lightMy empty arms embrace the shellOf hope: I dare not break the spell

Then half-imagined drumbeat pulseAnnounces spring, quick buds convulseAnd swell, life’s tempo on the riseI dance beneath these wider skies

My summer days fly quickly pastOn sunlight wings too hot and fastThat leave no more than briefest traceA flash of smile upon a face

And now in fall, my passion spentThough

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Blog:The Other Side- Sanctuary – finding a place of safety #autism.

Blog:The Other Side- Sanctuary – finding a place of safety #autism.

I love this blog space. It gives me room to stretch out and explore ideas I wouldn’t otherwise express. Ideas float about and I trust that at some point I’ll pull them down and knead them into shape on these pages.

I’ve written many blogs posts since I began The Other Side, and I’m immensely grateful to all of you who’ve kept me company along the way.

I want for a moment to consider

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “I've driven women to lesbianism before, but never to a mental institution.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “I've driven women to lesbianism before, but never to a mental institution.”

I’ve draped myself in the comforting blanket of music, of late.  It’s gently healing the many wounds I’ve acquired on my journey so far.  In this pleasant space, I’m building a better survival strategy for when The New and Improved Depression Monster (TNAIDM) ambushes me in the future.  I’ve acknowledged how it affects me; out damn pride.  First to go is my wit.  I cannot rely on my keen mind when stapled to

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Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Education Gets an F

Blog:Married: With Aspergers- Education Gets an F

We don’t need no educationWe don’t need no thought control

I despair of education. More specifically, I despair of the established educational system. I would decry it as unfit for purpose if its purpose were clear. And that there is one of its failings.

Education itself has changed over the centuries. A significant shift during the 18th and 19th centuries was towards large educational institutions and mass teaching of elementary skills in literacy and

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “You think sickness like that grows on trees?”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “You think sickness like that grows on trees?”

I recently was alerted to a service that enables one to become a tree.  I’m as pleased by this as I am about the upcoming Fleetwood Mac concert. 😃🙃 Here is their website.  I ordered the redwood version.  I’ve never seen one, aside from photos and video.  I think they’re fabulous.  I hold land where it will hopefully thrive.  Yay.  I’m off to watch more Game of Thrones.

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Bozo the Clown.  That's who Bozo is.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “Bozo the Clown. That's who Bozo is.”

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It’s dreary and raining, today.  Thank goodness for the Gettin’ Grown podcast with Jade and Keia.  While I listened, I played around with my first stop-motion video.  The sound is courtesy of a protest in NYC.  It was fun and surprisingly easy to create.  (The mini-figure of 45 is from minifigures.com.)  I recently finished reading a memoir titled, Educated, by Tara Whelan.  It’s about a woman who grew up in Idaho.

It details

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Blog:Spectrum Women- Stranger in a Strange Land: The Autistic Expatriate – Jeanette Purkis

Blog:Spectrum Women- Stranger in a Strange Land: The Autistic Expatriate – Jeanette Purkis

I was at a conference this week and it generated some interesting thoughts in my mind. The light bulb moment was when a speaker talked about their child being ‘resistant to using the telephone’. I would have said that the child didn’t like using the telephone and I think the speaker would have too if the child were not autistic. Autistic people are frequently pathologised and our experiences seen in terms of being somehow deficient

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Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “And I had won by so much, a myth began to grow about my speed.”

Blog:The Unabashed Autist- “And I had won by so much, a myth began to grow about my speed.”

I’m myself again.  Aside from insomnia and hot flashes, I don’t detect any more menopause symptoms at this time.  I’m so relieved to be feeling better, but I have wasted a lot of time worrying about how I’ll cope when The New and Improved Depression Monster returns.  I hate how surprised I am over surviving the last encounter.  I should be celebrating the victory and talking shit about how depression is too pathetic

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