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Karen W.

California
I am a writer, wife, mother and advocate of three African American boys, 2 of whom happen to have Aspergers. My two Asperger sons are in their adolescent years at ages 12 and 15. My writing is a therapeutic release and an opportunity to look at our family challenges, with humor and grace. It... Full Bio
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The Case of the Stolen Bacon by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum *Warning there is some pretty descriptive, colorful language in this post. If you're easily offended, move on. Lately, in the afternoons when Red is about to come home ... Read on »
No Thanks Giving by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The next time I spend a holiday with Red will be at his house, with his wife and children. I will sit there and whine and complain about how boring everything is, how disg ... Read on »
Ferociously Facebooking by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Why do I blog  and Facebook  so ferociously? I am desperately trying to understand and be understood. I'm connecting with people who get me, and I get them.  I feel their ... Read on »
Trapped by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Last night I heard myself say the words out loud. "I do it because I'm trapped, not because I enjoy it."  Wow! What an awful truth to hear coming out of your own mouth. ... Read on »
Aspergers at a Party by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This weekend we took Aspergers to a party and we really had fun! Pretty flowers from the party I realized last night, that the majority of my blog po ... Read on »
"You Have No Power Here" by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum This morning I am publishing part of the little love note that Elizabeth Gilbert wrote on her Facebook page today (9/11/2014). Though Liz is not a mother, I think that ... Read on »
Frustrated by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I feel like I'm swimming upstream, against the current, all alone.  Everyone, in this house, including the person I am trying to help seems like they're working against me ... Read on »
Mama's Boy by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The fact that I have help create a real mama's boy has been slapping me in the face lately.  I own my part in the equation.  He's my firstborn.  He didn't come with a manu ... Read on »
Dear Elizabeth Gilbert by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Dear Liz, (Yes. I'll call you Liz if you don't mind. After all, you are one of my dear friends) On Sunday morning, I woke up and grabbed my phone from my bedside tab ... Read on »
Village People by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason. Every person enters your life to teach you something. This morning I had breakfast with the Transition Coordi ... Read on »
A Little Light by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Here in my reality, I am not always able to find the bright side of the story.  Lately, there hasn't been much light to be found in the shadows and darkness.  Yesterday, w ... Read on »
Confession #999 by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I confess that I no longer enjoy cooking.  It's become just another huge chore. It takes my appetite away for various reasons. There's the whole tasting-as-you-go thing, w ... Read on »
Dogs don't lie by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum "A cat scratched me today." "Where were you?" "I was at the college campus.  I asked the owner could I hold him. He had sharp nails and he scratched me." Hmm...maybe I ... Read on »
Autism Awareness -One Neighbor at a Time. by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Notice the gray hair taking over! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  A beautiful day in which to spread some autism awareness. So that's what we ... Read on »
Loss Mitigation by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Dear Family, I think we need to try something new. I know that one of our family members seems to be the biggest agitator -the biggest annoyance and therefore, appears ... Read on »
One Good Thing on a Night from Hell by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Every once in a while we have one of those crazy nights where I feel like I seriously live in the movie, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (the black family version).  On thi ... Read on »
Asshatery 101 by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Our family may have very well just had our last trip with everyone together.  It was my mother's 75th birthday and a family reunion on her father's side of the family.  Th ... Read on »
Dating Red Part 2 by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum So we are a couple of months into this relationship now.  It's going better than I ever could have expected.  I am seeing him grow and stretch, choosing her above his own ... Read on »
Aspergers at Dinner by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Having dinner together as a family is a simple, ordinary thing for most people. Very little in my life is simple or ordinary. The simplest things become complex when we pu ... Read on »
Lost My Happy by Karen W. Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I can't find my happy.  I think it's at the beach.   Unfortunately, there is no ocean anywhere near here.  The Gulf of Mexico is several hours south, and there are no plan ... Read on »