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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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Bygones by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum In the past few months, I’ve come to realize that some phases of my life are past. For good. Up until then, it always seemed like every option was open, like back when ... Read on »
Two days, two zoos by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum In the few short days between the time Little Miss’s school let out and summer school starts, I wanted to take her someplace, you know, just Mommy and me kind of thing. So ... Read on »
What fathers want by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum After dealing with the aftermath of several families’ dysfunction of late, I’ve noticed a certain pattern that shows that the old model is severely out of date. Sometimes ... Read on »
Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping… by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum It’s no use reminding yourself daily that you are mortal: it will be brought home to you soon enough. ~~~~~Albert Camus And so it was, that as the spring days pa ... Read on »
When passion doesn’t pay by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Regular members of my readership club will note a drop-off in post frequency, and I apologize for that. I have been distracted by…dare I say it? Life. As if Little ... Read on »
Little Miss is now a woman… by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Isn’t this a fabulous menarche goddess? I found it here . I remember the pieces we did in The Vagina Monologues about  the first time, and all the reactions mothers had– ... Read on »
Coming down to the end by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We’ve been traveling a rocky road with the Captain since mid-October of last year. His behavior reverted to that of a first or second grader and has been on a hellish cycl ... Read on »
Fire and ice by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So how’s your hypothalamus today? What? You didn’t know you had a hypothalamus? You sure do!  It’s stuck in your brain, right between the part that makes you think Mon ... Read on »
A rainy spring day at Niagara Falls by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum One of “our” Chinese students will be returning home in a few weeks, and we wanted to make sure they got to see Niagara Falls before they went home. We’d cancelled one day ... Read on »
Finding real connection by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Every cell phone commercial I see these days disturbs me. Wherever I go, I find people on their phones, talking, texting, cruising the Web. Everywhere. Everyone. The p ... Read on »
As promised, a new page by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Since I’m apparently going to be a “real” writer, it’s time to unveil my new writer’s site, entitled “ The Growing Works of Barbara Mountjoy .” I know I said I thought it ... Read on »
Monday might be my new favorite day! by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This morning I sit down to my computer and open my email to find this: BARBARA:  We have read your manuscript, TAKE ME ALIVE, and would very much like to contract it. ... Read on »
Drugs are bad, so…let’s give him drugs? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum In an effort to greenify our world a bit (and uncomplicate our lives) we decided it was  time to try a local doctor to prescribe Doctor Do-be-do’s ADD meds, instead of mak ... Read on »
So….how many do you want? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Seen at an intersection at Morgantown, West Virginia: ‘Nuff said. Filed under: humor , life , travel , Uncategorized , walkabout Tagged: Amish , delivery , ... 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 »
And then there was more… by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I discovered this week that I have been merrily sending people off to look at my author’s website–and it’s not there. *collective gasp* Well. Surely I have to reme ... Read on »
Something for a cold, rainy day by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This was not what I expected to find at the end of my “Firefly” daily Google search. But it was just what I needed for a smile and a lift.  Good onya, Fredrik Larsson: ... Read on »
Tourney for the Journey! by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Every year as the excitement for the NCAA basketball wars heats up, so too, does the push for fun and funding at Sierra Nevada Journeys, an environmental camp near Lake Ta ... Read on »
Clearly a chip off the old block by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Little Miss brought home her “how to” story today: “How to Play Basketball I play basketball all by myself but no one has to play with me. First you grab a ball. T ... Read on »
Does the truth really set you free? by Barbara M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Candor is a double-edged sword; it may heal or it may separate.–William Stekel I’ve seen promos recently for a program on the WE network called “The Locator. ” It’s ... Read on »