Category: Autism

Fallon Hotel – Chapter Eighteen

The sound of the leaves, rocks and twigs crunching under Andy’s feet mingled with the lively conversation of the birds as he walked through the gates of the Columbia Cemetery, his arms flung out like wings as he picked up the pace and quickly headed to the back of the property.  Normally, Andy was a boy who lived closed in on himself, tucked in and hunkered down, like he was preparing for an outside assault at any moment.  In a […]

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Winding Roads.

I have always been a fan of the quirky brain that zigs where others might zag and my son’s language processing disorder, due to autism, has often made for wonderful, entertaining and thought-provoking conversations that go right when you thought they’d go left and visa versa – making for a very fun ride as we wind our way down the road of life. On a recent trip to Universal Studios with my grown daughter, my teenaged son (we shall call […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Seventeen

No one brings me flowers.  It finally occurred to Jeri, a small extent of the pain that poor Ezra was in and why he was so drawn to Andy and, in some small way, her, too.  She wondered, how long had he been interred at the cemetery with no marker, no relations and no one to remember him?  It had always seemed sad to Jeri that so many occupants of cemeteries were ultimately abandoned and forgotten due to families moving […]

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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 […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Sixteen

Fallon Hotel – Chapter Sixteen Waking with a start, Jeri opened her eyes in the gray light of morning, finding it hard to breathe from the compression of Ezra’s uncomfortable grip on her.  Frightened, she realized just how desperate Ezra was to connect and wondered if Andy had felt any of the anxiety and fear that she has in the presence of… what, exactly?  It’s not as if she’d seen anything.  So far, she had only heard and felt the […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Thirteen

At the name Adelaide, Andy glanced up at the women, but said nothing.  He turned his gaze back to a box of mini cars that Ruth had thoughtfully placed on the floor for him to play with.  Slowly and methodically, he began to pluck out all of the red cars.  Once he assembled a pile of every red car he could find, he started to line them up along the edge of the blue and yellow Aubusson rug in front […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Twelve

Tears-of-laughter, tears-of-sorrow, tears-of-frustration, tears-of-anger, tears-of-joy, tears-tears-tears.  Jeri wondered how it was that her body was always prepared to cry, no matter what the circumstance.  It was also somewhat surprising that no matter how many tears: her cheeks were never fully saturated nor her tear ducts ever dry.  It didn’t matter how often she found herself bawling her eyes out.  Even as a kid, she never cried as much.  Certainly she had never shed as many tears as she had since […]

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