Aue by | Jun 12, 2015 | adulthood, Asperger's Syndrome, autism, autistic spectrum, babies, chemistry, child rearing, college, electronics, empty nest. John Robison, marijuana, memoirs, neurodiversity, police, Raising Cubby

Raising Baby – Roller Coaster Ride Q. What could be more thrilling (and exhausting) than giving birth to the next generation in the form of your own flesh and blood? A. Raising that son or daughter, of course.        Unlike all other creative projects, raising a baby...

Beersel by | Jun 5, 2015 | bar mitzvahs, California, careers, college, daughters, empty nest, families, goodbyes, growing up, high school, homework, middle school, sons, toddlers, young adults

Empty Nest Moments                       This week’s post was inspired by my son’s move to the West coast where he will start a new job.  Henry and I are excited and proud, but also sad.  It’s the end of an era, and the beginning of the rest of our lives. I’m sure...

Anti-Semitic Fever and Holocaust Remembrance Day

by | Apr 17, 2015 | anti-Semitism, Charlie Hebdo, college, Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, France, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jews, Ku Klux Klan, Mt. Holyoke, quenelle, Stanford, Vassar, World War II

     Back in the 1970s, when I left my parents’nest for Vassar College, I never worried about anti-Semitism. Only a train ride from New York City, I felt safe and accepted at my home away from home. Vassar, in particular, had been welcoming to a diverse...

Maybe Next Year

     Since my daughter Sarah was diagnosed on the autistic spectrum at age one, I’ve fought as hard as any Tiger mom to help her grow up to become as accomplished and independent as possible. Instead of striving for the “American Dream” — including owning our home—...

Empty Nest Newbies

      Saying goodbye to your kids when they leave the family nest for college is a deeply emotional experience for most parents.  If your son or daughter is a freshman this year, you’re probably still trying to adjust to your new life as an empty nester.  All of your...

Labor Day Lessons

     Better to take a short, affordable vacation than slog through the hot summer without any break, right?  Well…sort of.  Maybe Labor Day weekend wasn’t the best time for a nest escape.  Or perhaps Gurney’s Inn wasn’t the best place for Henry and me (though it had...

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