Following a Dream

For years, I worked at BookPeople, the huge independent bookstore here in Austin. One day while waiting for the elevator, I spotted Kathleen Peddicord’s book, How to Retire Overseas. I’m not sure why I picked it up since I’m not exactly retirement age, but I did and I even bought the copy and took it … Continue reading

Miracles of Modern Medicine

Miracles of Modern Medicine

Two days ago, my uncle had a heart attack. Before I go further, let me issue a huge spoiler alert: this story has a happy ending. Basically, my uncle was at a car show. He began having chest pains that for about one minute he thought was indigestion. However, he very quickly realized that it … Continue reading

Book Review: Dr. Suess ABC

Book Review: Dr. Suess ABC

Welcome to the inaugural Mother/Son Book Review. As part of our day, Castle and I now read one new book a day and discuss it. The results are going to be periodic book reviews for this and the ABC Nerds site. My child is less than articulate, but even he can still do a six … Continue reading

My Baby Is Finally Not a Baby Anymore

My Baby Is Finally Not a Baby Anymore

For a long time I referred to my son as a baby. In fact, I referred to “the baby” for so long that people I didn’t see regularly often thought I was talking about a second child. Most people it turns out, don’t refer to their child as baby much past eighteen months. They certainly … Continue reading

Homeschooling (?) Adventures

Homeschooling (?) Adventures

Today we started homeshooling (?) our four year old. (And yes, I know it’s a Friday, but that’s the beauty of homeschooling. I can do it any time or place I want.) This would be an adventure even without the autism diagnosis. As it is, we’ve been experiencing some growing pains. Castle isn’t rigid or … Continue reading

Review: It’s OK Not to Share

Review: It’s OK Not to Share

The copy of the book I reviewed was a free advanced reader copy that I obtained through the bookstore where I used to work. It’s OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids By Heather Shumaker Buy the Book Review: I was a little surprised when I read this … Continue reading