Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I write because Ray Bradbury transported me across time (forward and backward) and into worlds I'd never imagined. I write because Ray Bradbury showed me the power of the printed word to soothe, enrage, engage, teach, entertain, preach, warn and more.
I first read Bradbury in Mr. Bride's English class in high school. (I recently reconnected with Mr. Bride through Linkedin and now I can call him, Jim.) Bradbury's short stories are as wonderful as his novels. The cast of characters he has created, Uncle Einar is my favorite, are unforgettable. Happy birthday, sir!
Read more at the Glendale Press HERE.
Monday, August 24, 2009
I took mom Mom to see Alegria by Cirque du Soleil yesterday as a surprise for her October birthday. She's always wanted to see Cirque du Soleil and there were almost in my backyard this weekend. So we went!
I'll be away to speak at two conferences, The Autism Asperger's Conference in New York City on Saturday October 3 DETAILS HERE and then the National Vaccine Injury Center Conference on vaccine awareness, parent education (it's NOT anti-vaccine) and current affairs, including Gardasil and H1N1, DETAILS HERE Conference on Sunday, October 4. So, I'll miss her October 5 birthday.
This high bar act was probably our favorite. Amazing stuff!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Boy, extended school year programming is over and the kids are home. All day. Every day. I'll be honest, I'd forgotten how taxing it is to do things with all three girls. I don't mean things like Climbing Mt. Everest or feeding 5,000 homeless people on a loaf of bread and 2 fish. I mean going to the Post Office. The grocery store.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
There was an article in the NY Times today "A Heroine of Cocktail Moms Sobers Up" about a blogger/writer who'd made her name as a drinking mommy - she encouraged playdates as cocktail hours and reveled in the fun. Hey, I like fun too. I enjoy a drink. Or two. I'm not casting stones. She also talked about how she recently shocked her readers by telling them her drinking frightened her, she had a problem and had stopped drinking altogether. Wow.
There's been a spate of drunk driving accidents involving drunken Moms - many with their kids in the car. Diane Shuler is the most known right now. She killed her self, her kids and three strangers driving the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway in NY.
Check out THIS about Joey Marino, a 15 year old boy who was killed this weekend by a Critical Care Nurse who was driving with her 6 year old and a cup of vodka in her hand, bottle in the car. That's Joey in the photo. He was 15. His organs have been harvested for others. And his parents will bury him. Because Caroline Goss needed a drink. And to answer her phone. While driving.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
CDC Town Hall Meetings on H1N1 Virus and Vaccine
Thanks to Ginger Taylor of Adventures in Autism for this link to Flu Wiki. I don't know who runs the
FluWiki site, or who the author of this info, drd1106 is, but the info is worth sharing so you can attend a meeting in your area.
When it comes to vaccinating yourself or your child for H1N1 or any disease, you deserve to be informed, not scared (by either side of the debate, mind you.) From FluWiki:
This is an international website intended to remain accessible to as many people as possible. The opinions expressed here are those of the individual posters who remain solely responsible for the content of their messages.
The use of good judgement during the discussion of controversial issues would be greatly appreciated.
CDC's 10 Public Engagement Meetings Set
Sat Aug 01, 2009 at 10:53:56 AM EDT
I first heard about these meetings on the NVAC conference call on Monday, but the meetings had not been set. They are now and you can get more information at http://www.keystone.org/H1N1. YOU MUST REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND. Go to the website to register.
The meeting schedule is:
Denver, Colorado, Saturday, August 8
Lincoln, Nebraska, Saturday, August 8
Vincennes, Indiana, Saturday, August 15
Birmingham, Alabama, Saturday, August 15
Sacramento, California, Saturday, August 15
El Paso, Texas, Saturday, August 22
El Paso, Texas, sábado 22 de agosto del 2009
Additional meetings are being planned in the following cities. Please check back frequently for registration information.
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Saturday, August 22
New York, New York, Saturday, August 22
Somerville, Massachusetts, Saturday, August 29
Spokane, Washington, Saturday, August, 29
This info was deeply buried, so I don't know how people will find out about these meetings.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
I'm not a big TV viewer. But August has a couple of highlights. On Sunday the 9th, Comedy Central is airing the Joan Rivers Roast. I really like Joan Rivers. She's on Howard Stern pretty frequently and is just so damn funny. And honest. I love that. And when I went to her book signing last Spring, she was gracious and kind to us - Bella was having a meltdown and we were allowed to skip up the line. My agent happens to be very good friend with Ms. Rivers.
And I'm meeting my publisher and editor next week with my agent. I'm rather giddy about it, I admit it. I'm not above reveling in the sheer joy of selling this book. I bought a dress for that meeting too. Also on sale. Much more NY sedate - navy blue w/ prim retro cream trim. I'll wear it this Fall at a conference where I'm presenting too, most likely.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
This is a photo I had Mark take when I signed with my agent in the Winter of 2007. That's my contract.
Soon I'll have a photo of me signing the contract for my book deal for, "All I Can Handle. I'm No Mother Teresa." which will debut next Fall from Skyhorse Publishing, in NY. I'm really excited to be working with them!
It's not a recovery story or a "me poor lady" story. It's not even an autism story - not at it's heart. It could be about any life changing disability striking a family on top of major league money woes. For us, that means autism.
Most Americans are facing a money crunch these days - how do you maintain your pride and self worth when your "station" in life changes? What does that even mean? I'm not going to tell you what to do when your financial status changes from an Escalade to an Escort. Or when your basic assumptions about marriage and children are turned inside out over and over, year after year.
Think Erma Bombeck meets David Sedaris for voice - makes sense?
Yup, my wonderful agent Eric sold my book! Ta da!!!