Fallon Hotel – Chapter Eleven

“How do you, I mean… You just got here, Gwen!  What do you…”  Jeri felt queasy and realized that she couldn’t finish what she wanted to say and honestly wasn’t sure that she really wanted to know.  The idea that this young woman, who was new to the hotel, spoke about Ezra as if he was real and recent, was more than she could handle. Gwen put her hand up to stop Jeri and looked up at the ceiling.  “When […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Nine

Leaning back in her chair, Jeri stared at the mess they’d made. Meals had always been stressful with Andy, but Jeri thought in light of today’s unusual (both quirky and unexpected) polite interaction with the waitress, that this meal would be different. It wasn’t. Dining was always a frenetic ballet of sorts, consisting of Andy rhythmically rocking in his seat, and occasional dramatic leaps in the air as he’d attempt to escape, only to be held tight by his mother, […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Eight

It would soon be past the window of opportunity for Andy’s lunch time and Jeri was nervous about what might happen if she didn’t get some sustenance on a plate, onto a fork and into his gullet tout de suite, so they popped into the closest restaurant. It was enough for her to know how cranky she got when her own blood sugar was low and she was in no hurry to discover whether or not it was genetic. As […]

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Fallon Hotel: Chapter Three

Jeri awoke to the low steady rumble of traffic as life began to stir on E18, also called Parrots Ferry Road, near the Fallon Hotel.  The road was a connection between historic highway 49 and highway 4, a thread that ran through some of the most beautiful California countryside called the Gold Rush Trail.  Jeri still wasn’t sure where she and Andy would ultimately land and plant roots in the area, so she figured some upcoming day trips on the […]

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You type too much.

In 1960 there was a song that reached #3 on the pop charts: “You Talk Too Much.”  A few years later I was born.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Those were the very same words often spoken in my direction, as adults shook their heads and said, “You talk too much.”  Nearly every report card I had in elementary school had great grades, but contained the words, “She is a delight to have in class, but she talks too much” or […]

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Apple/Tree = Short Fall.

When my son was diagnosed with autism a decade ago, one of the more solemn phrases to fall out of the Developmental Pediatrician’s mouth was that my boy would grow up with a serious lack of social skills and specialized interest in unusual things.  My response was, “So, I’m basically destined for a life of Star Wars conventions?”  The observation glass flexed and bowed as the student interns of the UCLA Autism Program nearly burst a collective spleen.  From the […]

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