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Parenting’s influence on rape culture

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black shoes and red rose petals

Admittedly, I was getting tired of seeing the name Brock Allen Turner in my newsfeed. I avoided learning any details of his crime. I didn’t want to read the letter from his victim, mostly because I was afraid of letting any images enter my brain that I couldn’t remove. Maybe due to my vivid imagination or my effortless visualizations or… Read more »

A Blog About a Family

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For Elysium blog chronicles the journey of a mother through home, family, parenting, disability, and Down syndrome. The for Elysium Family: Katie (blog author): Thirtysomething. Loves the outdoors, gardening, reading, and creative pursuits E: Oldest child, only daughter, double digits. Loves sports, science, and singing Bud: Oldest boy, too close in age to his big sister. Loves Minecraft, video games,… Read more »

Drawing the Line (the reality of The Eradication)

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My fictional story The Eradication is closer to reality than you might think. Scientists have discovered a genetic mutation that leads to the development of autism. Less than two weeks ago, a study was released that shows a different genetic mutation plus lead exposure (found in everything from toys to vacuum cleaner cords) increases the chances of a child developing… Read more »

Decorating the Christmas tree

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Christmas tree

Ever since my son could pull to stand we’ve needed a gate around our Christmas tree to minimize ornament grabbing and tree pulling. It was effective the first and (maybe) second years at most. After that, the tree gate became more of an enticing challenge and receptacle for tossed toys. Last Christmas, the tree enclosure served as a minimal deterrent…. Read more »

Kyle’s hunger strike, continued

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When Kyle’s hunger strike at school was in full swing (see previous entry), I was quickly writing some suggestions in his communication notebook before school. I nearly wrote that Kyle does better eating at home when he has the iPad on the table, and meant to ask if they could use one at school during meals. Then I stopped. Did… Read more »

Guessing games

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A few weeks ago, Kyle was sick with a stomach bug. He had a day or two of relief from that before coming down with a cold. The illnesses affected his behavior in some significant ways. Although now we can attribute his mysterious behaviors to being sick, for those two weeks I spent an unhealthy amount of time wondering and… Read more »