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April 30, 2011

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Stubby Wet, matted fur, bleeding on the front door step, barely mewing. Tears on your cheeks Mom dipping the kitten’s half-gone tail in peroxide. It snuggles, wrapped in a ragged towel into the crook of your elbow You refuse to leave him alone. He is almost too weak to eat. You sleep on the floor […]

Instruction Manual

March 5, 2011


Please read the first page. After inserting tab A, fold flap X. Warning: do not use around water. Not suitable for children under three years of age. Check the library, there’ll be something there. Find a support group, someone who understands. Maybe a parent club somewhere. Pounding pavement, turning pages the search for gold transforms. […]

To Fathers:

February 21, 2011

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Being a father to an autistic child is a challenge. Is that overstating the obvious? It’s tough enough to have “normal” kids. While I have no claims to special expertise, I know autism causes the term “Dad” to take on a LOT more meaning. Denial comes first for most of us. There will likely be […]

Taurus Shipwreck

February 18, 2011

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The Father and Son Tempest

February 11, 2011

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Sitting on the Kitchen Floor Gasping, sweating. A paradox Fills my mind.   I always loved hugs. From my mom. My teachers. Bear hugs. Light hugs.   But this was not Such a hug. You had always said “no” to hugs.   Your baby self cried Till we put you down.   You wriggled free. […]

The Last Chess Game

February 8, 2011

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The Last Chess Game We began to understand what We didn’t understand That you had your own way A unique approach To Everything I taught you chess When you were ten. Instant connect Intricacy fascinated you Playing game after Game after game. I won Easily, every match. But time passed and We stopped our matches […]

Fifty Thousand Whitneys

February 7, 2011

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  Fifty Thousand Whitneys You didn’t know who she was, or that she Starred in a movie with Kevin Costner. Those Were  facts only important to me.   For you, important experiences seemed to be those You could repeat again and again and again.   When you heard Whitney Houston sing “I Will Always Love […]