Public speaking's a dread Standing before themAll I need right nowSome measure of peace, assuranceNot always easily found I've always been timidScared of saying something wrongBelieving I'm not good enoughEmbarrassed to be seen too long For if they get to know meSurely they'll see all my flawsI can't let them think less of meSo I … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #133
What’s ahead for my son, autism and meritocracy?
Recently our nation's President re-opened Parliamentary sessions with a call for everyone to create a broader and more open meritocracy in the coming years. As much as I welcome that call, I'm wary as to how, or even if, this can come to pass. And more importantly, how authentic and strong is the will to … Continue reading What’s ahead for my son, autism and meritocracy?
My Monday Metrical Musings #126
The In-betweens Afternoons are whenThe excruciating dullness beginsI'm calling them nowThe "in-betweens" When it hits I simply cannotDo anythingNo not a thingNot one bloody thing! I can't readI can't typeI can't talkI can't textI can't watchI can't napI can't even think. No, I simply cannotDo a single thing And if it's humid It's even worseI'm … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #126
When parenting a teen, sometimes it’s ok to ‘let it rip’!
To my regular readers, I know what you're thinking when you saw the title of this post. What? Another post on parenting teens? Why? A cursory search on my blog shows I've already posted several thoughts on parenting teens. Plus the smorgasbord of parenting tips that are a mere online search engine or ChatGPT click … Continue reading When parenting a teen, sometimes it’s ok to ‘let it rip’!
Of accidental carpools and autism conversations
As Autism Awareness Month (April) nears, I realize of late I've not posted much about autism, one of my blog's cornerstone topics. But having said quite a lot since 2019, is there really anything new? The answer? Of course! There always is, in my ongoing journey as a parent with a special needs kid. At … Continue reading Of accidental carpools and autism conversations
Film Review – Apple TV Documentary “Dads”
Parenting documentaries are a dime a dozen. All feature kids of course. But while most profile both the dads and the moms (mostly the moms), few focus primarily on dads. Unless it's religious in nature. Like the excellent 2014 documentary by Focus on the Family called "Irreplaceable." As well as most films (War Room; Courageous) … Continue reading Film Review – Apple TV Documentary “Dads”
My Monday Metrical Musings #119
A Muted Sun He hangs over usThis muted SunBlurry uncertainLooking down at everyone(And also no one). I've often wondered whyHe vacillates between brightand hologram-likeShouldn't his radiance stayIridescent not slight? But it's true he's unsureat times of who he isOne moment the very essence of lightThe next, a fading Abyss. No, this sunCan't be the oneThat … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #119
My autistic son turned 12 today. I need to catch up.
[Was honored -- despite my advancing age -- to have this post repurposed on April 16, 2023, on trendy Instagram] The great Mark Twain once said: "Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.". Well, the truth is when it comes to my son, I do mind. And it … Continue reading My autistic son turned 12 today. I need to catch up.
My Monday Metrical Musings #112
Starburst The night we sat'neath the starburst skyAnd looked upon the worldCloaked in midnight dark Everything hoveredPerfectly stillAs though in freeze frameLike a window sill We gazed, amazedUp at that vast celestial cloakAnd wondered if it was the same one That fateful night angels awoke The one that birthed a holy babyWrapped in hasty clothsThe … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #112
As another year ends, two silver linings bring hope to one dad’s parenting journey
Sometimes it's hard to put into words how I feel about my sons. Though regular readers here have no doubt seen some of my humble attempts to do that in past blog posts. But this struggle has become even more pronounced as I watch my sons grow year after year and change in ways most … Continue reading As another year ends, two silver linings bring hope to one dad’s parenting journey