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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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Ring out the old, in the new–the important part is in the ringing! by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It’s always a toss-up at the end of the year: look back on the year that’s passed, or set that aside and concentrate on the year ahead. Or both. I think that’s the kind of ... Read on »
Just when you least expect it… by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Still not sure how I feel about this one. Dad took Dr. Doo-Be-Doo down to the optical place at the Downtown Mall today to get his eyes checked and a new pair of glasse ... Read on »
The role of fantasy in real life by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I composed several blog posts for the Interwebz this week, but the one that really caught my imagination was this one–WHO DEFINES REALITY ANYWAY, over at A Splash of Sca ... Read on »
One day, five hours and counting! by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It’s almost that time!  Plot? CHECK. Outline? Check. Characters? Check. Now what…. Order coffee. from the Coffee Maven in Chicago–she’s got a special NaNoWriMo blend ... Read on »
Fairies and wizards and elves, oh my! by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum A few weeks ago, one of my long-time readers and good fans of the Clan Elves series stopped in  while on vacation, bringing me inspiration for more fantasy work: ... 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 »
Love–it’s for everyone. So is marriage. Equal rights, too. by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It’s National Coming Out Day . Celebrate the unique and diverse in all of us. Whether we love dark chocolate or milk chocolate, have red hair or blonde, love men or love w ... Read on »
Our newest creation by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Yes, yes, I know I haven’t posted here as often as I’d like–hopefully you’ve missed me! The good news is I’ve been doing substantial amoounts of writing-related work, whic ... Read on »
Is it me, or…? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So Doctor Doo-Be-Do goes to take his shower last night and comes down with his hair just not right. The Cabana Boy checks his hair, which does not smell like it’s been was ... Read on »
And in other news… by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We had a busy end to the summer in addition to the drama over the captain. Little Miss entered the purple zinnias she planted in the spring into the county fair ... Read on »
Do they have surreality shows…? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum …’cause if they do, I think I need to sign up. The kids started school today, officially bringing this summer to an end. Not a moment too soon, in my book. This has to ... Read on »
With an arsenic chaser, please…..? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Day from hell.  No, from right PAST hell, and out the other side. First, not sleeping. Not sleeping sends the fibromyalgia into Massive Overdrive. Add to that the entr ... Read on »
Approaching ‘normal’ by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I realized the other day that this is the first ‘real’ summer the two younger kids have had since they were maybe a year old. (The Captain, of course, has not improved, so ... Read on »
Hoping for balance by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Amid the crises of the last month, accomplishments have also been made.  I’ve finished the third volume in  the Clan Elves series, and copies are circulating among a few l ... Read on »
Happy Father’s Day! by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum In celebration of the day, here’s a picture from Little Miss’s sixth-grade graduation, which the Cabana Boy attended since I had to be in court: Nothing better ... Read on »
And then the judge said… by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So we’re in court this morning for domestic violence cases, and the judge has about seventeen cases waiting –a pretty stellar number. Usually there’s six or eight. Everyon ... Read on »
Now this is a rhododendron… by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Check this out….just one of the fine examples of rhodies in this town… Guess we’ll have to wait till fall to see whether a whole family’s living under there or ... Read on »
Does the truth matter any more? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I can’t stand a liar. Because the Captain’s alphabet diagnoses include Reactive Attachment Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, he’s found lying a very convenie ... 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 »