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Barbara M. Patient Expert

Meadville, Pennsylvania
I’ve got my day job as a family law attorney, my night job as parent to three children with... Full Bio
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Do you ever outgrow inadequacy? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum My stepmother killed herself when I was 13, on a night when I retreated to bury myself in The Wizard of Oz to avoid the fighting that led up to it. After that, I was the p ... Read on »
Snakes on a train by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I’d counted on our cross-country AMTRAK trip to be an adventure, one like I’d never experienced. Certainly the delays and other foul-ups on the behalf of the train compa ... Read on »
Don’t assume, ask–a rule to live by by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum When I was a kid, maybe fourth or fifth grade, one of the highest honors you could get was to be chosen as a school crossing guard. Remember those kids? They would wait w ... Read on »
Summer trip, Part Two by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I’ll start with the view from our campsite at Curry Hammock State Park which was interesting in a number of ways, including how close we were to the beach, although pur ... Read on »
Florida fun! by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Travel is really one of my thrills, and I was thrilled indeed to make a pilgrimage to my old stomping grounds in south Florida last month, with some new experiences thrown ... Read on »
When in the swamp, do as the swamp folk do by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum  In our impromptu family reunion trip to the South, we encountered many different new experiences. We checked out Pensacola’s white sands, we visited the Black Water Riv ... Read on »
Making the utilitarian into something beautiful: Read Between The Signs by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum If you find yourself driving along Interstate 79 between Erie and Pittsburgh someday, you’re invited to stop off in Meadville for a unique sort of art exhibit: Read Betwee ... Read on »
Coming up for air by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This title of this piece has multiple meanings, one a literal application to the many aquatic stars we saw last month at the Georgia Aquarium, but another just in trying t ... Read on »
Konnichiwa! to our new guest from Japan by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We’ve embraced the idea of an exchange student once again, after a good many years. The last one we had was Patric from Sweden, and I remember his favorite thing was to wa ... Read on »
Never give up, never surrender–a way of life by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So, as many of my readers have commented, I have a pretty busy life, trying to balance the day job with the writing career and still take care of a family and breathe once ... Read on »
It’s all about the sound and fury… by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So I’ve lived in this rural county since 1990, which you’d think would be plenty of time to have explored every piece and parcel, certainly every activity. But there’s one ... Read on »
There’s no place like home…and even home is disappearing by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Today I’ve written a post for one of my new writing gigs, GEEZER GUYS and GALS , about how the fact that we’re such a mobile society has thrown families far and wide, an ... Read on »
Downhill time…and up hill…and downhill…and up hill… by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So here’s the thing about a huge chunk of the Wild West. It looks like this: Every time I cruise through this wide open land I think of all those places in the world ... Read on »
Over the hump by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Finally, the meat of our journey–the beautiful state of Montana: Our first glimpse of the Rockies…. but not the last.             This ... Read on »
Clearly this is not a “vacation”; no time for fun! by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I originally meant to post here most days, but with learning how to set up/take down the RV, navigating and making sure “here” gets to “there” it just hasn’t happened. But ... Read on »
Start off with a crash, end up with a bang… *sigh* by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Well the road trip didn’t go quite as well today as we had hoped it would. We covered the agreed amount of territory, and are ensconsed safely in a KOA near South Dakota. ... Read on »
On the road again, books in hand by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So I’ve started the latest book/research tour which will focus on the western end of Montana, where we’ll learn about the Montana vortex, which will figure largely in volu ... Read on »
Oh, poor blog…long time no see. So busy, so productive–then what do these dreams mean? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I’ve been meaning to visit here. I swear I have. It’s been weeks and weeks. But not because I had nothing going on. Not because I have no thoughts at all. To the contrary, ... Read on »
So how much rape is “too much”? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So how much rape is “too much”?  I heard this discussion by a Fox news interviewee–a woman, yet!– last week, and I’ve tried to set it aside and set it aside, but I just ca ... Read on »
Want to win a free book? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Not one of mine this time, although I will be having contests later this spring to win some of my books as more of them become available–three more contracts signed in the ... Read on »