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Traveling with Autism: Not Letting Autism Hold Us Back

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Overlooking the bay in Old San Juan For a long time, we let Autism stop us from traveling the world as I dreamed of doing. There were always too many things to think about, and everything felt too hard. But, you know what? I’m done. We will go–travel–live life differently, …

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Social Stories for Autistic Children

Social stories are a great way to prepare autistic children for events, changes in routine, and activities of daily living. Below find an infographic brought to you by Autism Parenting Magazine. This infographic is an excellent summary. I hope you find it helpful and take a moment to let me …

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Three Things that Helped my Autistic Kids to Sleep

Sleeping is a huge struggle in our house. We have trouble falling asleep, more trouble staying asleep, and it’s a nightmare at bedtime getting our tribe to settle down. Admittedly, little has worked for getting the boys, or me for that matter, to sleep. I remembered when I was first …

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Insomnia After Going Gluten-Free: Tips to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Hi Everyone, Recently, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Celiac is beyond Gluten Intolerance, it is an auto-immune disease. When gluten is introduced into the system– no matter how minuscule–antibodies are formed and my immune system attacks the inside of my intestines. There is no cure for Celiac Disease. The …

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Monsters: 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: The importance of Setting in Fiction Writing

In the small Alaskan town of Barrow, the sun does not rise for 30 days—there is literally 30 days of night.  Is there a better place to set a vampire story?  Well, yes perhaps in those few places where the sun doesn’t rise for six whole months, but that is …

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Monsters: Preston & Child’s Relic: An intriguing writing match-up

This week’s adventure in horror genre reading: Relic by Preston and Childs. Is Relic, really a horror novel? I didn’t think so. I Thought It Was More of a Supernatural Mystery – Thriller.  But a monster story? Definitely. There are a few things about Relic that appealed. First, I love …

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Monster Movie: The Blob (1988) review

What do you do when you must watch cheesy 80’s horror movies on Friday night?  You torture a few 14-year-old boys too!  Convincing my son and his friend to watch the film with me was easy, getting these two to shut up for even a single second of the movie …

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Monsters: A Review of Lovecraft Short Stories

I can see why Lovecraft is the father of horror writing.  He writes the best monsters.  This week I’ve read three Lovecraft short stories, “Pickman,” “The Outsider,” and “The Call of Cthulhu.”  Lovecraft’s monsters worked for me on many levels.  Foremost, they are the supernatural horror monsters that are right …

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Monsters: Godzilla the Movie (2014) A Truly Sympathetic Monster

  Godzilla as the hero, I love it! An enjoyable movie—more of an action flick, I think, than a horror movie.  But is Godzilla a monster? I don’t think so. Not in the traditional sense.  Godzilla is the hero of this movie, or at least, he should have been. Admittedly, …

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