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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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“A daughter is a mother&rs ... by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum “ A daughter is a mother’s gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self. And mothers are their daughters’ role model, their biolo ... Read on »
“Do you miss it?” ... by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum “Do you miss it?” I was sitting in court next to the legal advocate from our local women’s shelter this afternoon, as we supported a woman who’d been brutalized by he ... Read on »
“It’s better to burn ... by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum “It’s better to burn out than it is to rust.” These words, attributed to Neil Young, embody my usual philosophy. There isn’t much time– fill as many minutes as you c ... Read on »
“May you have an interesti ... by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum “May you have an interesting life.” They say this is a Chinese curse–and I fully understand why. Saturday we had taken Little Miss to a birthday party (oddly enoug ... Read on »
“Writing is like prostitut ... by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum “Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.” — Moliere After the joy tha ... Read on »
(Broken) Home for the holidays by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum A phenomenon many divorce attorneys encounter each year between mid-November and January 2 is the sudden drop-off of clients and client activity.  Yes, ladies and gentle ... Read on »
(Part I, below) Whil ... by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum (Part I, below) While the shooting continued, I thought it was the longest two minutes of my life. Until it stopped. Then footsteps came toward me along the side of t ... Read on »
10 Tips for Taking Your Autistic Child to Disney World by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Writers’ Note: This article is printed in the pages above, complete with links, but is reprinted here for the benefit of the search engines. Thanks for your patience.  ... Read on »
A “crafty” book giveaway! by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I’m not sure how it happens, but daughter B seems to parlay interests and hobbies into incredible job opportunities. They’ve taken her from the beaches of Maine to the wat ... Read on »
A breath of fresh air by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This weekend the Cabana Boy and I took a break. We left the children with my daughter’s day care business and we went out of town. Not far. Just to Pittsburgh. But as far ... Read on »
A Change is Gonna Come * by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Some days I feel like we are falling into a deep hole with no way out, dealing with autism issues, the economic situation, material things that we want and don’t have. F ... Read on »
A corn-y answer by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Last summer I posted a blog about our trip out west, and because I was living out of a suitcase for several weeks, took a shortcut and grabbed a photo of a corn field off ... Read on »
A day in the Steel City by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We drove out of the rain in our little city, south to Pittsburgh for several items of business. First, our panel discussion and booksigning at the Penguin Bookshop in Sewi ... Read on »
A disturbing trend seems to have ... by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum A disturbing trend seems to have surfaced in recent months: solving your family troubles by murder. I know some are following the Karen McCarron trial, where an Illin ... Read on »
A friend of mine recently decide ... by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum A friend of mine recently decided in order to preserve her marriage, she needed to leave the marital home. She and her husband now live in two homes in the same city, wh ... Read on »
A grown-up night out by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum One thing we’re not good at–and I’ve said this before–is making sure the Cabana Boy and I have time away from the kids with other adults. It’s something parents of special ... Read on »
A life built on connection by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Coupling is easy. Relationships are hard. I’m not the only one ruminating on this subject this week, so perhaps it’s one of those standard end of the year topics. As ... Read on »
A little redemption goes a long way by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I’ve found over the years that my writing life has ups and downs. Specifically, there are times when I feel like I can climb the literary Everest without one of those sher ... Read on »
A lonely road by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This month I took a real walkabout, driving out west for several reasons, including booksignings, a master writers’ class and some research/picture gathering for the Elf C ... Read on »