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Now that the family love crisis ...

Posted Nov 21 2008 3:09pm

Now that the family love crisis is over, I wanted to acknowledge a very special award I received last week from Jeff Deutsch over at Building Common Ground. It’s called the Arte y Pico Award, and I received it because “Together with her husband, she’s raising two kids with autism and a third with ADD. She writes about her children’s progress with love, patience and strength.”

The award looks like this: (Isn’t it lovely?!)

and it comes with a set of rules, as most of these do, so here goes:

1. You have to pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award in terms of creativity, design, interesting material, and general contributions to the blogger community, no matter what language.

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3. Each winner has to show the award and give the name and link to the blog that has given him or her the award itself.

4. Each winner and each giver of the prize has to show the link of “Arte y pico” blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5. To show these rules.

I visit so many blogs in the course of a week, I find it difficult to select only five who deserve such special recognition. (On the other hand, I suppose if each person picks five, who picks five more, who picks five more, soon we’ll all be selected anyway, and my quandary will be solved!

First, I’ll salute Dee who doubles her blogging fun at CEOmum-Parenting Is a Full-Time Job and Power of Attorney, a blog on attorneys who’ve found the practice of law less than thrilling. This week she’s a little Olympic-crazy (Go, Jamaica!) but it will get back to parenting soon!

I always learn something new from Melanie at Bean Sprouts. She is honored multiply in her native England as being one of the best “green” blogs, but her words on natural living and ways to help save the Earth always make me feel like jumping in with both feet.

Next, I’d like to tap the author at Understanding My Son who is walking the path so many of us have after a diagnosis of autism in the family, and confronting all her feelings, and sharing them in a thought-provoking way.

V over at Odd One Out has been so supportive of our struggles on a personal level ever since we “met,” at the same time she struggles with her own issues. Instead of brooding about herself (if that was necessary), she has turned her blog into a wealth of information for those of us seeking guidance on the Aspie life, and I’m very grateful.

And finally, I want to salute the “gentil folke” who rescued Geoffrey Chaucer’s blog, where it languished to near-neglect, and is now undoubtedly the most unusual “Extreme” blog around, claiming to be
“YWRITTEN BY A GLOBAL TEAME OF CREATIFS AND TRENDSETTIRS ASSEMBLID IN FELAWESHEP WYTH MUCH COFFEE.” I agree with the new authors: IT YS RAD! Check it out for your share of Olde English, and a good bit of round laughing. For example, their rendering of one popular television show, as it might have played in Chaucer’s time:

SO YE THINKE YE KAN DAUNCEN?: Thys episode openeth wyth all of the contestants in front of special guest judge Henry Bolingbroke. Oon by oon, he asketh each if he or she kan daunce. Yf he or she kan nat, ther ys a hanging. Ye who heare the recap of thys epsiode, think on whether ye kan dauncen, and what ye wolde saye yn front of nat only an earthli judge, but eek the high Judge himself upon hys throne at the final daunce. KAN YE DAUNCE? KAN YE? ANSWIR WEL OR THOU SHALT DAUNCE IN FLAYMES. Thus endeth the episode.

So thank you, Jeff, for your kind words and warm thoughts. I write this blog for myself, somewhat, but also to see if there’s anything I’m going through that either can help someone else, or I can learn from others. It’s the greatest gift of the Internet, in my opinion*; this ability to reach out across the great distances that separate us to share moments of contact. We should certainly take advantage of it.

*You didn’t think I’d say porn, did you?

Sweet Jesus! I’m starting to asterisk, like Daisyfae...help!

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