Monthly Archives: April 2014

I’ve got your number (Numerophobia)

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a fear of numbers and I don’t just dislike them either. I actually get queasy when forced to deal with mathematical objects. The medical term for a phobia of numbers is called numerophobia and translates to: “a morbid fear of numbers.”  Morbid?!  It makes me think, they say that most people would “rather die than speak in front of a group of people” and while I’m one of the weird ones who […]

More

How much do you REALLY need?

When I was younger, I made a vow to myself to try and live a life of moderation in all things. It seemed to be the most logical and healthy way to live out your days, since before I hit the ripe old age of 16 I’d seen an awful lot of people drowning in their own pools of excess (food, substance abuse, relationships, money) and that didn’t seem to be working out very well for them.  In fact, one […]

More

Busy+Busy+Busy=Crazy-Busy

My life works out so much better when I’m busy.  My overall disposition is cheerier and when I’m busy, it’s hardly even noticeable when I’m hangry (in my house, when you’re grumpy ‘cause you’re hungry, we call it being hangry). Life is just a bed of roses when my calendar is jam-packed. Okay, that’s a lie.  It’s pretty noticeable when I need to eat, no matter what the circumstances are.  This leads me to believe that I am truly part […]

More

Elevator Tour Finale

The Definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder usually runs (more or less) as follows: Impairment in communication, socialization and creative play and interests. When my toddler son was diagnosed with autism and the developmental pediatrician told me he would likely have tremendous difficulty expressing himself, be socially awkward and probably have very unusual and specialized interests that the bulk of his peers would not understand — my first response was, “So… you’re telling me I’m in for a lifetime of Star […]

More

The Fallon Hotel… is a real place.

The Fallon Hotel… is a real place. Fielding some questions from people about the Fallon Hotel, I’ve decided I should take a moment and explain that it is a REAL place and the book I’m writing comes from a kernel of truth, something that happened to my son and I years ago – shortly after his diagnosis of autism. Here’s the explanation: Walking into the Fallon the first thing you sense is how small it really is.  Some might say […]

More