April is Autism Awareness Month

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Last night Georgia Public Broadcasting showed a documentary called Autism: Coming of Age. It focused on three adult autistic men. One was non-verbal, lived with a roommate and spent his time helping his grandfather with projects. Another spoke with a monotone voice and lived at a special boarding school that taught basic job skills. The third man was 31, had a pleasant voice, was fascinated by vacuum cleaners, worked vacuuming hotel rooms at Marriott, lived at home with his parents and hoped to … [Read more...]

Pagan Soup: Gary Johnson, Wild Hunt podcast and Autism Month

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Cara Schulz Hung Out With Gary Johnson Yup, a presidential candidate hung out with a Hellenic polytheist for a day. Could you imagine Ross Perot hanging out with Selena Fox? Me neither.Cara has written about the experience over on PNC-MN and it's worth a read. Even if you don't agree with his politics, it's refreshing to read something political without it being full of "God! Gays! Abortion!" The Wild Hunt Has A Podcast Jason has created a weekly podcast that looks deeply into news … [Read more...]

I Am Not Going To Blog Today <—- This Is A Lie

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I've spent the past week being far more social than I normally am, and last night I went to a friend's birthday party. It was lovely, the people I have been spending time with are lovely, but I'm exhausted.Being social is something I've been more mindful of since I self-diagnosed as Asperger's. I have always pushed myself to be social and worked hard at it all my life. I try not to turn down a social opportunity if I can help it, but sometimes it's just too much. I am overwhelmed and … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Component of Autism

The response to my last post on autism and Asperger's really overwhelmed me. I didn't expect to get such a positive response. I was literally bracing myself for the worst. The post seemed to touch a lot of people, particularly women who believe they may be on the spectrum. Just being able to make one person feel less alone made that post worth publishing.I've been thinking about the connection between autism and spirituality. The first and most obvious connection is that religion and … [Read more...]

Living In My Own Mind: A Pagan With Asperger’s

This is a post that I swore I would never write. I thought it would hurt my ability to earn a living. But then I realized that if you Google my name you find I'm a Witch who is pro-GLBTQI, supportive of polyamory, and a whole host of other views that limit your opportunities in the conservative South. So why not write this? I won't garner any more negativity for this post than for any other difficult post I've written. And I did promise myself that my writing would be free and brave this … [Read more...]

Autism, Fundraising, Willy Wonka and Folk Music

Wired's Autism TestWired has an Autism test on their website. I found it when a friend took it and posted the results on Facebook. I decided to give it a whirl and was surprised by the results and intrigued by the questions. While the quiz isn't a medical opinion or diagnosis tool, it does offer interesting insight into the reality of people with Autism and Asperger's. Take a few minutes to take the quiz. I think you'll find it interesting. I did. My score was 29. What's yours?Circle … [Read more...]


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