Diagnosis Matters: Some words to practitioners for when autism is suspected

| December 4, 2013

As I think about the issues we’ve encountered with school and two of my kids, I can’t help but remember our family doctor’s responses to Hyperlad. At age 2 and again at age 3, he told us that nothing was wrong. Since then I’ve had other health and educational professionals refuse to use the word […]

Culture of Death Hits the Autism Community

| October 14, 2013

For those who haven’t heard about it, I’m talking about the Issy Stapleton case. It seems like everyone has a response, and here’s mine. The situation, in a very abbreviated nutshell, is this: Kelli, the mom, got hit with the refusal of her daughter Issy’s  school to provide services to Issy after she exited a […]

Arguing with ghosts

| October 11, 2013

There are times when you have a conversation that sticks with you for months, even years. When you know you will spend countless hours stewing over what was said, what was not said, and what should have been said.  A year and a half ago I had such a conversation with a woman who said […]

The Adventures of My Belly Button…

| June 2, 2013

… or please forgive me if I engage in navel gazing. I’ve been fairly quiet lately, and have probably bored away those few who followed Carmel Sundae. I would apologize for that, except that it may have been a favor, since I’m not sure I was accomplishing anything in the last year or two, anyway. […]


| April 13, 2013

If Bible alone were sufficient, Joel Osteen and Ted Dekker would not have careers. We would never have heard of C. S. Lewis or John Bunyan. Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Jan Huss would not have had any reason to start new denominations, let alone branches that have different beliefs from one another. But all […]

Jesus is not my homeboy.

| February 18, 2013

Jesus is not my homeboy. He is my Lord, my Master, and my King. He is my example and my better. He is my Bread of Life. Jesus is not my buddy. He is my constant companion, My shepherd, my guide. He is my strength, My rock, My refuge. He is my beloved, and He […]

Note to Monkeytot

| January 28, 2013

1. There is no such thing as a “sugar sandwich.” 2. If there were, it would not be a breakfast food.

10 Things I Want My Kids to Know

| November 30, 2012

1. “Skip a few” is not a counting number. 2. Don’t hold the cat’s hind legs in the air while he eats. 3. Change your socks before someone comments on the odor.. 4. Cats don’t like to wear hats. 5. It’s difficult to be accidentally rude when calling an adult “sir” or “ma’am.” 6. Cats […]

How to Treat a Democrat’s “Lady” Parts.

| November 7, 2012

I’d love to point you to this article at Egregious Twaddle, about this article at HuffPo, and just say “Enough said,” but I can’t help myself. The comment box says things like “I woke up this morning and didn’t find a republican in my vagina.” I take it not having a republican in her vagina […]

2 Things about marriage

| October 15, 2012

1. A strong marriage requires sharing of values. 2. A happy marriage requires that each person consider him or herself responsible for the other one’s happiness. Where do “interests” come in? Wherever you wish, so long as they don’t interfere with 1 and 2. A married person should never take on an “interest” that actively […]