Author Archives: carl

Breaking the Man Code — new post by Brian Plachta

Great new post by Brian Plachta on men, boys, and masculinity. Here’s an excerpt: There is an unwritten rule that everyone with testicles must follow: the only safe subjects you can talk about when in the company of other men are sports, work and women.  If a guy steps out of that box and starts… Continue Reading

Who am I?

I was asked recently, which post of the many on my blog is an accurate reflection of who I am… The short answer is: none.  other than the Houdini series.  Which is mostly about my early years. So I thought I would draft a post about me. I am 40 years old.  I am considered… Continue Reading

less challenges

David has been less challenging today.  It may be because Mom was home from work today. Have calls out to the psych team regarding him forcing himself to vomit up his meds.  The primary psychiatrist is on vacation until the 14th.  Just waiting to hear back from the nurse. What kind of plan do doctor’s… Continue Reading

The hidden costs of breastfeeding

WASHINGTON, DC, April 26, 2012 — Pediatricians and other breastfeeding advocates often encourage new mothers to breastfeed their babies for at least the first six months of their infants’ lives based on the purported health benefits to both mothers and children. Many breastfeeding proponents also argue that breastfeeding has financial advantages over formula-feeding—breastfeeding is free,… Continue Reading

Choking is not a game….

Our son has been a handful lately.  I confronted him about it yesterday. I have had very little sleep for the last 2 days.  He hasn’t either.  His body seems to thrive on 4 hours of sleep. Turns out that when I give him his medicine, he has been spitting them out. So we started… Continue Reading

a much better day

Yesterday, I was at my wits end with David. Today, hasn’t been perfect, but it has been much better in that there isn’t as much stress. Now if I could just get the kids to do their chores… What is the secret?  I feel like I have been cleaning the same spot all day and… Continue Reading

Autism Awareness: Moving Beyond Awareness Into Action and Promise

Autism Awareness Month Almost Over, Now What? I have this idea. It goes something like this: we participate in an awareness campaign (like this one for Autism Awareness) and it gives us a sense of purpose, a sense of healing, and even, maybe, a sense of achievement — we did something. There’s something inherent in… Continue Reading

#Autism: When teachers are the bullies

I wanted to share this video with you all. This video is by a man named Stuart Chaifetz and is in response to to his son Akian being bullied by his teachers at school. This is so important to watch because Stuart is making this public in order to shine the spotlight on what is happening… Continue Reading