Mental Wellbeing #1 of 2: Parents, we must listen. Now!

Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day. It takes place every year on September 10. Three days ago, I posted about one possible emerging trend related to suicide. One that, if not addressed, might make matters worse for grown men everywhere (feel free to check it out here if you've yet to). Today I want to … Continue reading Mental Wellbeing #1 of 2: Parents, we must listen. Now!

A Tragic Musing – More than words can say

[With permission granted to Salt&Light, a version of this post titled "Tragedy and grief in our schools, but the language of friendship speaks healing and hope" also appeared on 27 July 2021 here] Usually, I alternate my Saturday blogs strictly between the topics of autism and parenting. But this has been a week like no … Continue reading A Tragic Musing – More than words can say

“Dad, is my ‘exile’ into the land of autism eternal?”

This is potentially the "mother" of all autism questions! And were you to ask me if there was another more frightening one for a parent, I honestly can't think of it right now. All I know is that this question never crossed my mind before. Not until I came across it recently in an account … Continue reading “Dad, is my ‘exile’ into the land of autism eternal?”

My Monday Metrical Musings #13

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Oh To Be An Orphan I never told no oneNot a soulBut the truth is I've often wished I were An orphan Shhh...not so loudThey'll hear yaI don't want them to knowEspecially them For either they'll laughOr they'll throwEverything within reachAt me But how could they know?I've always been aloneEven … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #13

Brothers are (almost) as important as parents

Of the few sparks to be found from this still-ongoing global pandemic, one that's definitely making it into my books was watching my sons grow closer to each other as brothers. If nothing else, it made me see anew the plus point of having both my kids being of the same gender, born a mere … Continue reading Brothers are (almost) as important as parents

My Monday Metrical Musings #11

The Shallows Photo by Rodrigo Souza on Pexels.com They walk right inLike they own the placeIt's like I'm goneWithout a single traceTaking charge as ifThey're my kingdom's True heirsPray tell if you see thisWould you also be asking me Where? Where have I gone?Why let these shallows come?Why open the door For every single oneOf … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #11

To “get” my son’s autism, I must go “small”

"BUT WHAT CAN I HOLD?!!" My peaceful early morning was shattered by those five words, belted out at the top of my son's lungs. They were followed by a mumbo-jumbo of incoherence that I couldn't quite catch. Not from where I was comfortably seated in my morning "throne room" anyway. But I needn't strain too … Continue reading To “get” my son’s autism, I must go “small”

2020 Reflections & Musings #2 of 4 – What is Home?

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com In the first of my year-end series of musings, I talked about how my 2020 really started a year earlier. Today, I want to "bring it home" so to speak by asking: What does home look like in 2020? We're all used to thinking of home as the place to … Continue reading 2020 Reflections & Musings #2 of 4 – What is Home?

My Monday Metrical Musings #4

Photo by Lukas Rychvalsky on Pexels.com Each Sunday He doesn't live aloneTho' he might as well beEach Sunday ForThen they leaveAnd he can't help but to seetheHis silent rage rollsLike a perfect storm that unfoldsUnleashing torrents of tears like rainDrowning everything in its wake But he holdsOnly scowlsCos he's oldOr so he's told Then he … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #4

The truth about ugly parenting – Alternation

I'm not a good parent. In fact, I often display downright ugly parenting! Why? Because I'm prone to violence, even if nine out of ten times I never follow through with what I'm tempted to do. And as for that tenth time that I do follow through? Let's just say that after my son gets … Continue reading The truth about ugly parenting – Alternation