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Blog:Reports from a Resident Alien- Crescent Sun

Blog:Reports from a Resident Alien- Crescent Sun

Today, as everyone knows–even those who aren’t into astronomy–the United States was in the path of a total solar eclipse.

Where I am, in Ohio, wasn’t in the path of totality, and I didn’t have the wherewithal to travel into that region and see the eclipse properly. But even here, there was a partial solar eclipse to see.

There had been speculation that a cell phone camera in selfie mode might work, but my old

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Blog:The Other Side- A growing tribute and a question of labels. #HeatherHeyer #Ramblas

Blog:The Other Side- A growing tribute and a question of labels. #HeatherHeyer #Ramblas

I began a tribute to Heather Heyer called Rest in Outrage.

Shortly after the vile act of terrorism which took her life, we witnessed another – the atrocity of Las Ramblas in Barcelona. So I’ve felt compelled to cast my gaze back to my beloved childhood haunts, and stretch my tribute work across these two traumatic events.

I’m using labels for my tribute, which I’ve worked with in the past, especially during another tribute to Alec

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Blog:The Silent Wave- 4 words never to say to me

Blog:The Silent Wave- 4 words never to say to me

“Excuses are for losers.”

Unfortunately, those are my father’s favorite words.  And he loves to toss them around, even when inapplicable and inappropriate.

Not to mention wrong.

The statement itself is true, for many people, in many situations.  The problem is, for whom is it true, and in for which situations?  Who can say that with 100% certainty, with legitimate authority?  Who is qualified to delegate that authority, and who is qualified to assume it?

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Blog:The Silent Wave- Babble [autistic poetry]

Blog:The Silent Wave- Babble [autistic poetry]

I wrote this one back on January 20, 1994, when I was 16 and not well.  There were interesting clues that emerged from the deep, toward the surface, even then.  (Spot the undiagnosed, depressed, 16-year-old autistic female.)  🙂

The sun was sad today…you know…how it beats down hard in mid-afternoon…this one–peachish color… So sad…so normal…so heavenly. One can dream then…an escape. Ever do that?  Ever escape? Yeah, it was never so fun for me. Should’ve

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- Missing Mum

Blog:Pharaohs World!- Missing Mum

I’m 51 and I miss my mother. 

Next week will be the second anniversary of her suicide. It will be a hard day as every day has been since she left us. She’s probably shaking her head and telling me that I should move on with my life and that she’s fine, that I should forget about her, she’d probably tell you she’s not worth thinking about so much. 

But secretly I know she would

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Blog:Well Owl Be- sad short story

Blog:Well Owl Be- sad short story

Owls were hooting outside my window just a bit ago. One nearby, another a little far off. I think it was the first time I’d heard them out here in a while. 

Years ago my husband and I would lay in bed and laugh at their cadences, sounds and stutters.

I left my room because a fight brew between us. It spilled back into my room and then erupted anticlimactically and unresolved. A hand hit

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Blog:Well Owl Be- in hiding

Blog:Well Owl Be- in hiding

When my brother and I were growing up, my Mom would occasionally loose it.  What I mean to say is, she might raise her voice.  Then she’d lock herself in the bedroom and sob.  I don’t know how long she’d stay in there, honestly – I’m looking back through at least 20 years of time into a child’s memories.  It was an immediate “Oh Shit” from my brother and me – though we definitely would

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Blog:The Other Side- My heart is breaking for Barcelona.

Blog:The Other Side- My heart is breaking for Barcelona.

Details from my Heather Heyer tribute piece – August 2017

(This image is of continuing work on a tribute to Heather Heyer, I must now find a way to extend my witness within my practice to grieve for Barcelona.)

There are no words for the atrocity which has taken place on the Ramblas in Barcelona. Yet I persist. I need to try.

I watched the horror unfold on my laptop. It had been a gruelling

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Blog:Well Owl Be- orange and black

Blog:Well Owl Be- orange and black

Yesterday I wore jeans and it was hot. Today I am wearing shorts and it’s cold.

It’s cold, the wind is blowing, my eyes are watering…. I think I’ll move to Australia.

Meanwhile my son is taking his final swim lesson of the season and I’m marveling at his new ability to dive off the board into 12 ft deep water and swim to the edge unassisted. He’s 7. 

That’s as far as I got.

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- The Follower Phenomenon

Blog:Pharaohs World!- The Follower Phenomenon

So..

Here’s the nub of it. 

I’m followed by some cool people but, amongst them, are two people who, it seems, absolutely refuse to interact with me. 

They’ll post a thread on Twitter. I’ll join in. I’ll answer their questions. I’ll say hi. 

All ignored. 

“Oh they probably just missed you” 

Really ? 

Missed me but managed to respond to those both before and after me in said thread. 

Is it my aftershave ? My

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Blog:Aspie Rude Girl- WordPress Rant…Get your SH*T together

Blog:Aspie Rude Girl- WordPress Rant…Get your SH*T together

Before I start this rant I want to STRESS I love blogging, wordpress and it’s community. As frustrated as I can get sometimes with the site itself, I am not going to quit using wordpress or shut down my blog.

Lately I have been having some troubles with the wordpress site and at times been utterly confused.

The first frustration I have is I didn’t know I had to be computer savvy or be familiar

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Blog:The Other Side- Rest in Outrage #HeatherHeyer

Blog:The Other Side- Rest in Outrage #HeatherHeyer

(These images feature an improvised art ‘ofrenda’ to Heather Heyer victim of a white supremacist terrorist attack in Charlottesville USA, August, 2017. The tribute was made for Heather but also bears the hallmarks of an ongoing practice.)

My last blog post featured a family photograph and was called What would Meri do?

I wrote about wanting to pay tribute to a recently murdered young US activist called Heather Heyer, and called on my ancestors to help

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Blog:Pharaohs World!- What is “real” Autism ?

Blog:Pharaohs World!- What is “real” Autism ?

There are big differences between Autism and Autism for dramatic effect. 

Some of you will have seen Rainman with its focus on the savant or the A-word with its focus on the child and now Netflix viewers are being “treated”to Atypical which focuses on relationship struggles, kind of. Later this year we will receive The Good Doctor, another dramatic programme focusing on a savant. 

All well and good you might think, it’s pushing Autism into

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Blog:Mama Pineapple- I'm not “gifted”.

Blog:Mama Pineapple- I'm not “gifted”.

[Trigger warning: discussion of ableism, and mention of applied behavioural analysis (ABA). Also a hefty dollop of snark, because, well, this topic brings that sort of thing out in me.]

A few weeks ago, a friend shared on Twitter a very annoying graphic she’d come across in a parenting group, featuring an acrostic using each letter of the word “Aspergers”. Now, I could write a whole series of posts about all the separate problems I

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Blog:Losing It Slowly- PANIC

Blog:Losing It Slowly- PANIC

Walked up two flights of stairs tp get tp my interview. Panicking in the waiting room waiting for the interviewers. Dreading leaving more than the interview. Dreading getting the job because of those stairs.  And all the respirators I see.

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Blog:The Silent Wave- Sharing: Only connect

Blog:The Silent Wave- Sharing: Only connect

Amazing post!!  I love a huge variety of blogs and blog posts, and the ones who inspire and provoke thought are my favorites. ❤

The Hyperconnectivity Theory of Autism, described in this fantastic piece, perfectly expresses and explains my own experience and the way I roll, too.   Excellent read!! ❤

Counting the Ways

Recently Laina posted about her Jukebox App which is firmly installed in her brain. I, too, have a Jukebox App. Sadly,

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Blog:The Other Side- What would Meri do? Reflections on the Spanish Civil War in a contemporary art practice.

Blog:The Other Side- What would Meri do? Reflections on the Spanish Civil War in a contemporary art practice.

This post relates to my research and the family history which fuels my art practice. My mission is to create a body of work around the themes emerging from a second generation experience of Spanish Republican exile to England.

My great grandmother sits beneath a bakelite radio, surrounded by family photographs in Madrid, 1935.

A portrait of a small child hangs to her right, it’s an image of my father which now rests

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