Category Archives: Book Two – Mind

Autism

melted

When I was planning this trip, I thought I was psychologically prepared for the higher-than-usual amount of change and uncertainty that accompanies a vacation to a new locale and involves a group of family members, two of which are capable … Continue reading

Posted in Book Two - Mind, Setting 4 | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

we did the right thing

We did the right thing. We washed our hands, didn’t touch our faces (we think), limited grocery trips to once a week, stopped seeing our families, our friends, our loved ones. We wore masks religiously. We practiced patience even as … Continue reading

Posted in Book Two - Mind, Setting 4 | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

the default myth

Photo by Markus Spiske One of my opportunities as a professional editor for primary research articles and dissertations is they are often primers on subject matter on which I am not an expert. A dissertation I edited last year introduced … Continue reading

Posted in Book Two - Mind, Setting 4 | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

normal

Photo by Austin Chan Yes, I am usually unqualified to write a post entitled “normal.” But occasionally, my inability to assimilate emotion and information, something that has been ascribed to my autism, is useful, maybe even necessary. This is one … Continue reading

Posted in Book Two - Mind, Setting 3 | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Black Lives Matter

I am autistic. I suffer a great deal because of it. But. I can hide my autism from other people. I can disguise myself as a neurotypical. Non-white people have no such privilege, no such security. In this country, their … Continue reading

Posted in Book Two - Mind, Setting 3 | Tagged | Leave a comment

is like

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

what doesn’t kill me (isn’t going to work)

Surprising no one, my first application for disability was denied. In researching next steps for an appeal, I discovered that one of the things the committee considers, although not in so many words, is whether my disability will kill me. … Continue reading

Posted in Book Two - Mind, Setting 3 | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

not like this

Photo by Laurent Perren on Unsplash This is not what I wanted. High-functioning autistics like me who live alone and work from home fight a constant battle against expected levels of socialization. We have to self-limit because of how exhausting … Continue reading

Posted in Book Two - Mind, Setting 3 | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Interview on LearnFromAutistics.com

Click the above to read Christine’s interview on the Learn From Autistics website about accommodations , autism coping strategies, and self-care.  

Posted in Book Two - Mind, Setting 3 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

you break it, you buy it

Photo by Sergi Ferrete on Unsplash It is extremely rare that I come across an article that I think explains a point of view with more clarity and poignancy than I ever could. The article indicated below, however, more than … Continue reading

Posted in Book Two - Mind, Setting 2 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment