Supporting the Troops

If I made a list of places that I least look forward to taking Ryan, airports would be right at the top. Airports mean lines, and waiting, and delays. They’re unpredictable. They offer few exit plans. They are crowded with people, each a potential onlooker to an unpleasant situation when things don’t go according to […]


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How Not To Travel

We went away to visit Veronica’s family not too long ago. It’s a trip we have made many times before, and it always comes with a healthy amount of anxiety, as it involves a plane flight, followed by a long drive, followed by a stay in a packed house where Ryan is always the first […]

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Wave Hockey

Ahh, vacation. Relaxing on the beach, enjoying the sun, maybe visiting an exciting new city or taking in a theme park. Leaving the comforts of home behind for, well, greater comforts. It doesn’t always work so well for kids on the autism spectrum. For kids like Ryan, the comforts — and the routine — of […]

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Grand Adventures, Part 2

<– If you haven’t yet, please read Part 1 Apologies for the cliff-hanger with Part 1. I’m not a huge fan of the “To Be Continued” either, but I was running out of time to finish up the post and I didn’t want to skimp on the details. It’s the details that matter most — […]

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Grand Adventures, Part 1

On the first full day of his life, I held a swaddled Ryan and rocked him for three-plus hours while I watched a college football game. Not just any college football game. A Michigan game. My school. My team. The school I was already dreaming of seeing Ryan attend. Maybe, just maybe, I dreamed of […]

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