• The Darkest Side of Autism

    Harsh lights glared down at us, shattering against the white walls.  The chemically-cleaned toys slashed their bright colors across the sterile surroundings.  Blood chugged through my head like one of the trains my son loved—not the happy Thomas the Tank Engine, but the desperate, hurrying, careless fellow that always managed to jump his track.  The […]

  • Outside the Box

     As published in Mosaic 2013. After spending most of my life trying to squish my spherical brain in a cramped, socially acceptable box, now society seems to have come to respect, even seek out, out-of-the-box thinking.  As a child, I’d been forced to rein in my out-of-the-box thinking in order to provide the output teachers […]