Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Quotes from "Atypical" by Jesse Saperstein

I recently read _Atypical: Life with Asperger's in 20 1/3 Chapters_.  So much of it rang true to things we'regoing through with Z right now.
"The neurotypical public feels entitled to condemn a population who appears to lack empathy or consideration for other human beings while trampling their boundaries like a bed of posies.  Before some of my teachers even knew Asperger's symdrome existed, my uniqueness was judged as a black-and-white character flaw with no redeeming shades of gray." - pp 32-33

"The nonsensical costume is meant to prove a point.  Individuals with Asperger's struggle with flexibility and (in my case) feeling of entitlement.  If my intentions are good, then I lack empathy for the comfort zones of others and feel entitled to overstep my bounds.  Survival among the neurotypicals requries relentless comprominse, overanalying the situation, and making life just a little more compolicated in order to solve teh smimplest problems.

In my costume I am pretending to be a gross exaggeration of my inflexible, egocentric self -- someone who always flaunted his flamboyant uniqueness and paid a horrific price.  My character becomes clinically depressed from watching others enjoy the breaks associated with career advancement and romance.  And yet ... he continues to fail miserably.  In his darkest hour of loneliness, the  man finallly accept that his social and professional survival must depend on a willingness to conform."  - p184

Discussing movies about indiviuals on the spectrum:

"We can scrounge up countless adjectives to describe the fictional movie personalities:  obessive-comulsive, overly aggressive, over passive, passive-aggrfessive, vindictive, quirky, brillian, determine, neurotic, angry, frustrated, idiot savants, or losts souls.  The fictional entities, however, are given more of a chance than a type AS individual in the real world.  And moviegoes devote at least ninety minutes of their time trying to unravel their enigmatic psyches.  By the end of these films the neurotpical audience admires the character's courage and may even identify with some of his struggles.  Pee-wee Herman, Max Fischer, and Bobby Boucher are all extremely dissimilar characters who share a handful of universal truths.  They ar etoo high functioning to be considered disabled, while too odd to be judged as normal.

They all nurse the same desperation to connect with ttheir neurotypical peers and escape from a chronic social isolation.  They are prepared to case these goals through sheer determination, manipulations, overcompensation, and even allwoing themselves to be exploited.  Upon the culmination of these movies, they cease to be "losers" and find redemption as heroes.  Furthermore, their success could never have come to fruition without a handful of nerotypical supporters who give them a chance.

Our knee-jerk reaction is to dismiss theses characters as fictional entities and assume they just manifested themselves out of thin air.  But these characters are man-made and someone had to breathe life into them.  Therefore, maybe it is prudent to reexamine the real-llife geniuses crouching behind the scenes... bringing sentience to their imaginary characters like meppeteers from the Jim Henson Creature Shop." - 197

Friday, February 20, 2015

LPP - alone

I made this (noodles) all on my own today, but never alone!  I was taught by my mom and my Grandma Strohm.  I have a feeling there is a long line of women before them, too.  I'm just happy I had modern appliances like a pasta roller to help!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

LPP - look

Looking for a little physical activity on this cold, cold day off of school.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

LPP - announce

Today's prompt over at rethinkchurch.org was ANNOUNCE.  The idea is to announce a Lenten discipline over social media.  My plan for Lent is to journal every day.  To use my journal as a way of exploring ideas, prayers, and my day.

But the photo isn't all that.  It's just Goober, announcing to me and all neighbors within a mile that he wants to PLAY!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Bling

These are the domino necklaces and pins I currently have available.  Contact me if you are interested in buying one.  I'm currently selling them for $10.  If I ever get my act together and set up an Etsy shop, they'll go for $15 each.  Get 'em while you can!

Ornament pins:

Ornament necklaces (these can come with a long ribbon or as-is for you to put on your own chain):

Tree necklace or pin:

Snowman necklace (same deal with the ribbon):

Miscellaneous necklaces:

Friday, December 5, 2014

DPP Day 5

Part 1.  This seemed like an appropriate read this morning.  (Found on rethinkchurch.org.)


Part 2.  Sharing the story.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DPP Day 4

 More dreariness and rain today, but also snowflakes nearly the size of snowballs.  (No photo of that, unfortunately.  But we did witness a mom and a middle-schooler taking photos and playing in the slowly-falling snow.)

 This ornament and many others that are on my tree this year once hung on the Christmas tree in my Great-Grandma Strohm's house.

 Goobie wanted to come outside and see what I was doing on a cold, rainy night.

 Another shot of the surprise tree in the front room.  As of today, it's close to being completely decorated.

My Fiesta and china (from Grandma McMurray) alongside some of the glassware from Tim's mom's house. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DPP Day 3

 A collection of Santas from Grandma Case's house. 
  Beautiful sky as I was bringing Jeremy home from school today.  Stuck in traffic at the train trestle, I couldn't resist snapping a photo.

I arrived home last night to find a SECOND tree was erected in my house while I was away.  (Not decorated, mind you, just erected!)

And here is one of the (many) ornaments I brought home from my mom's house today.  It has always been a favorite of hers. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DPP Day 2

What I like about DPP is that it forces me to slow down and notice some of the small, sweet moments each day.  I struggle with the authenticity thing - I like to shine a light on the stolen moments of peace and joy this season.  Not every moment of the day is peaceful and joyful.  Today's rethinkchurch devotion focused on transformation.  I don't really think of myself as transforming the world at large.  Every day, my home is being transformed from a place of chaos to a place of peace and back again.  Over and over.  In the midst of school and activities and preparation and waiting, it is hard to think of myself as someone whose reach extends too much beyond my front door.  

 Today my Tuesday morning Bible study group (which I severely neglected this fall) had a brunch and ornament exchange.  It was a fun morning - a few stolen hours to relax and enjoy friends.

This evening, we ran to church for some preparations for this weekend's Living Nativity.  There's been lots of activity over there over the last several weeks.  Looking forward to seeing it all come together once again this year!