Autism awareness can lower a few raised eyebrows

from Ned’s Blog

Ned's Blog

I knew very little about the autism spectrum back in 2006, when I met the young boy who would become my son. My wife and I had been dating for several months when we decided it was time to introduce each other to our children. She explained that he had Asperger’s Syndrome and likely wouldn’t make eye contact — and to not take it personally if he avoided any physical contact like a firm handshake.

“And whatever you do, don’t tousle his hair,” she instructed with a squeeze of my hand. “He really doesn’t like that.”

Autism is a neurological developmental disability with symptoms generally appearing before age 3, impacting the development of the brain in areas of social interaction, communication skills and cognitive function. 

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Send in the Clown

A Russian court made it illegal to share an image of Vladimir
Putin as  a gay clown

This is the New Order as envisioned by a Russian tyrant
who wants to rule our world with lies.

Putin’s is a humorless Oligarchy where political opposition and
free speech are met with contempt and violence.

Stop homophobia and all political oppression.

Stand up for Democracy and Human Rights!

5 Day Music Challenge, Day 2: Blowing up Fish

Thanks to Danica from Living the Beautiful Life for nominating
me for the Five-Day Music challenge.

The rules are:

Post a song a day for five consecutive days.

Post what the lyrics mean to you.  (Optional)

Post the name of the song and video

Nominate two (or one) different blogger each day of the challenge

For the challenge, I decided to focus on how I first became aware of music and to describe over the next five days how my taste in music broadened and changed.

I met my best friend James one August day in 1969 at Colonial Lake.

It was a hot and muggy and all the fish in the lake died.

James was lighting up Cherry Bombs and tossing them into the lake.

When I asked why, he said he was ‘blowin’ up’ the fish’.

I laughed and asked where he got his black eye.

He said he got in a fight that morning at school and decide to cut out.

I told him I almost got shot the night before ‘cause I really did.

“You almost got shot!” I could see I had his respect. “What did you do?”

“Scream.” I answered. Then we laughed an’ blew up some more fish and
became best friends.

James and I ran with Charleston’s hippies.

Here are some of the songs we played:

The Who – I Can See For Miles

Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles

Cream – Strange Brew

 

The Mamas & the Papas  – Look Through My Window

 

Donovan – Sunshine Superman

 

Hair – Walking In Space

 


My Nominees are:

Joyfully Stated

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Bird Flight