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Blog:Pharaohs World!- The Missing Blogger

Blog:Pharaohs World!- The Missing Blogger

I know, I know..

Once more I have been responsible for a dereliction of duty. My blogging has become infrequent and apathetic.

Because I’ve given up.

I don’t find it cathartic or soothing. I don’t find venting helps when nobody picks up the baton and runs with it and too often I feel I’m the lone voice crying in the wilderness.

I saw several tweets yesterday bemoaning the splits in the Autistic community. My finger

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Blog:The Aspie Teacher- Toxic Shame – You might struggle with it and not even know it!

Blog:The Aspie Teacher- Toxic Shame – You might struggle with it and not even know it!

(Trigger Warning – Mention of suicide and abuse.)

“Toxic Shame”, just reading those words makes me cringe. I didn’t know until recently that there was a term for it, but I am very familiar with the effects and damage that toxic shame causes.  In my experience, toxic shame can cause generational damage as well.

What is toxic shame?

To answer that question, I first have to explain what ordinary shame is. According to Mary C.

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- Let's ban the Cult of Celebrity in 2019!

Blog:Pharaohs World!- Let's ban the Cult of Celebrity in 2019!

Let’s start the New Year as we mean to go on.

Let’s stop the pointless hero worship and fawning over “celebrities”. Whoever they are. Almost anyone it would seem. Tho’ not me.

Twitter, on which I have vented my spleen about celebrity in the last, stills see fit to recommend I follow the accounts of such people!. If it’s not Ant and Dec, or one of them, then it’s Holly Willoughby infesting my timeline. Holly

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Blog:The Other Side- Angel Hair and New Year Resolutions

Blog:The Other Side- Angel Hair and New Year Resolutions

Reflections on autistic project design and leadership at the half way mark #NUNO

A random memory. Cabello de angel – sugary threads tucked inside the belly of an ensaïmada. Angel hair wrapped in the lightest sweet doughy spiral of my childhood.

I shower and reflect on the year about to pass. I think of angel hair. I feel it’s curious texture between my teeth once more as the white marble staircase to my grandmother’s flat

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Blog:The Other Side- Alternative Networking

Blog:The Other Side- Alternative Networking

December 23, 2018 §

Image created by NYFA from an original photograph by Philip King

I love it when nice offers come into my inbox through my artist website.

So I was delighted when New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) recently invited me to take part in a Twitter Q&A on ‘Alternative Networking’.

Since my autism diagnosis in 2016, I created WEBworks, a peer support and mentoring group for autistic and neurodivergent creatives,

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Blog:The Other Side- Exuberantly autistic!

Blog:The Other Side- Exuberantly autistic!

 Sliding back in time

I’m writing under rather constrained circumstances – which is ironic. I spent the past 24 hours absorbing exactly how free I am inside. But I am now on a packed commuter train heading home, hugging my newfound insight. 

Visiting my mother, who’s been feeling quite under the weather since her recent stay in hospital, has been a curious joy. We conspired over dinner last night – chocolate mochi are not really

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Blog:Paginated Thoughts- On (not) writing (every day)

Blog:Paginated Thoughts- On (not) writing (every day)

Funnily enough, Stephen King and I aren’t the same person. Though he too experiences chronic pain as the result of being struck by a car in 1999, his advice to write every day doesn’t work for me. Much of my time is spent troubleshooting in an effort to barely survive.

I am autistic, queer, chronically ill/in pain, investigating a possible minor and persisting TBI from an injury in 2016, and I have debilitating mental health

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Blog:The Other Side- Sharing practice as an 'autistic artist' – some personal observations on ableism.

Blog:The Other Side- Sharing practice as an 'autistic artist' – some personal observations on ableism.

Sonia Boué, Dirt Cups, 2012

I’m still processing. 

This is a phrase commonly heard among a particular cohort. The group in question is a network of autistic women (I’ve come to know) who’ve been diagnosed autistic late in life. 

What I’m processing (to get back to it) is a first ever experience of sharing my practice as an ‘autistic artist’. Previously I have only ever had cause to share my practice as an artist, period. Let

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Blog:The Other Side- What does inclusion look like?

Blog:The Other Side- What does inclusion look like?

Detail from a work in progress for the Neither Use Nor Ornament project.

In my day job I am a visual artist with my own practice, but I’m also a community artist, mentor, trainer, and consultant. I work on various community arts projects as a freelancer, and I also lead my own project over on The Museum for Object Research.

I’m writing to share some of my findings after three months of working towards an inclusive

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Blog:Reports from a Resident Alien- 11/17/2018

Blog:Reports from a Resident Alien- 11/17/2018

Hayer, Tara Singh(Died November 18, 1998, Age 62)Cause of death: Assassination (Shot, probably due to his writing as a journalist)Location: Guildford, Surrey, British Columbia, CanadaDisability: Wheelchair user, from previous shootingPerpetrator: UnsolvedSource: REAL SCOOP: Hayer murder unsolved after 20 years

*+Elmezayen, Abdelkarim(Died April 9, 2015, Age 8)Cause of death: Murder (Drowned)Location: Los Angeles, California, USADisability: AutismPerpetrator: Ali Elmezayen (Father)Source: A man drove his severely autistic kids off a pier to their death. Prosecutors say he did

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- A single picture and a story..

Blog:Pharaohs World!- A single picture and a story..

It’s an iconic image isn’t it ?.

India in a nutshell. An image used to promote a vast country and one that’s instantly recognisable world wide.

My first visit, before this picture was taken, had been 24 years earlier.

I recall it quite well, those moments of anticipation, the nervous tension, the butterflies if excitement fluttering away in my stomach.

I recall how still it was at dusk. I remember how few people there were

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- Walk like an Egyptian..

Blog:Pharaohs World!- Walk like an Egyptian..

I should have been an Egyptologist.

Ah, if I could start over I think I’d take that path. Or I’d be a tour guide splitting my time between the places I love, Egypt, India, Cambodia. That would be my kind of heaven.

Sometimes, when it’s quiet, I close my eyes and allow myself to drift back to Egypt.

I feel the heat on my skin; that burning. Yet it’s a dry heat so there’s no

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Blog:The Aspie Teacher- The Problem with Isms – Wreaking Havoc Across the Planet

Blog:The Aspie Teacher- The Problem with Isms – Wreaking Havoc Across the Planet

I am sitting here at my computer thinking about isms.  There are so many isms in the world and these isms can wreak havoc upon the people of this planet.  According to The Phrontistery, there are around 234 different isms, each representing a philosophical, political or moral doctrine or a belief system. 

Our current society is obsessed with compartmentalizing things into definitive categories or labels. Everything has to be put in a box.  If you

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- Suicide and why it needs to be talked about.

Blog:Pharaohs World!- Suicide and why it needs to be talked about.

Suicide runs in my family.

A few weeks before I was born my Uncle, or the man who would have held that role, Mums brother, committed suicide.

I don’t know why and although I’m sure I was told when the time was deemed appropriate, I cannot recall details.

Unfortunately I can vividly recall the 27th August 2015 and the presence, on my doorstep at 3.00am, of two policemen who, solemnly and carefully, informed me that

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- And round and round we go..

Blog:Pharaohs World!- And round and round we go..

Life goes on.

How long for is, I think, in the lap of the gods. Or god. If there is one.

My last blog was met with its usual mixture of apathy and neutrality. Too many sheep syndrome. Too many people just standing by, happy to follow, happy to do nothing.

Sure I’ve raised those points before but this time I felt I was more eloquent.

I was certainly more direct.

In my working life

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Blog:Tania A. Marshall: M.Sc.- Autism and personality disorders

Blog:Tania A. Marshall: M.Sc.- Autism and personality disorders

A frequently asked question I receive from parents regarding their adult daughters or sons is, “Can my adult daughter or son have Autism and a personality disorder at the same time?”

Over the course of my career, I can confidently answer that question – yes. So, how do you know? There are some traits that are the same in both disorders, which adds to the confusion, however what I have observed in those that have

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Blog:The Aspie Teacher- Abuse and Its Many Forms

Blog:The Aspie Teacher- Abuse and Its Many Forms

(Content Warning:  Discussion about the different forms of abuse and a personal story.)

Abuse can come in many forms. Some forms are so imbedded into society that they are often overlooked, ignored, and/or dismissed. So, what constitutes being abused?  According to the Lanark County, Ont. Coalition against Family Violence, a single act may not constitute abuse, but if someone is doing something to harm or control you then you are being abused. You have the

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- Stop!

Blog:Pharaohs World!- Stop!

This is a rare foray into blog territory for me in recent times.

The road to Hell being paved with good intentions is one thing I am used to travelling upon but I did mean to write more. Honestly.

I didn’t because I felt so bad. Or feel so bad that I don’t want to drag others down. So I stopped.

But here’s the thing.

Yesterday I stopped following over 450 accounts. I blocked over

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