Today was my eighth official Father’s Day. Before my son, Mikey, was born I never completely appreciated this annual celebration. But, now, it’s one of my favorite days of the year. I’ve come to realize, though, that this day is kinda backwards. I feel like I should be honoring my son instead. If it weren’t… Read More Celebrating My Son on Father’s Day
I wrote this on June 13, 2016, the day after the tragic shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, which killed 49 people and wounded dozens more. Yesterday, this popped up as a memory (a very sad one) on my Facebook account: To my LGBT family and friends…I love you. I’ve always loved and respected you, but… Read More In Memory of the Pulse Nightclub Victims
In the classic Broadway musical, Oklahoma!, the character Ado Annie Carnes sings “I’m just a girl who cain’t say no.” Her inability to say the word leads to many a romance and causes her poor father, Judge Carnes, constant stress. While I’m not dealing with wild romances, I am a stressed-out father. Partly because my… Read More He’s Just A Boy Who Can’t Say No
Streamers fell from the ceiling and a brass marching band played “Happy Days are Here Again” as the school bus pulled up for the first day of school a couple weeks ago. Well, no, not really, but to say I was happy about the beginning of the school year is quite the understatement. Mikey didn’t… Read More It’s Okay…
Yes, it’s true…the secret to being a great Autism Dad is PB&J. (Wait, why are you opening the cupboard? Put the peanut butter back. Yes, and the jelly.) No, no, you won’t be needing any bread for this. The PB&J I’m talking about is much different…and less sticky. PB&J equals: Patience, Being There, & Joy.… Read More PB&J: THE SECRET TO BEING A GREAT AUTISM DAD
As part of my posts recognizing Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month: I originally wrote this for the The Organization for Autism Research’s blog back in 2016… The common songbird, such as the starling, mockingbird, or jay, can mimic human words to such a degree that they’ve frequently been mistaken for actual people. Some studies say that this… Read More (UN)REAL TALK: THE TEASE OF ECHOLALIA
This article was originally published on April 8, 2013 on the Autism Society’s blog site. I am re-posting it here in honor of World Autism Awareness Day: The month of April is upon us once again. The fourth month of the year is my son Mikey’s birthday and also National Autism Awareness Month. The former… Read More A Daily Reality for Those Touched by Autism
I wrote this for, and it was originally published at the Autism Society’s blog site on April 26, 2012. With today being the beginning of Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month, I thought it would be a good time to re-post it here… April is my son Mikey’s birthday month…it’s also National Autism Awareness Month. Little did my… Read More Autism Awareness: A Good Start, But We Can Do More
Here’s one of my favorite assignments (a narrative-storytelling project) from a recent photography class: My son, Mikey, is very creative and loves doing art in many ways. He uses this ability to communicate because he is autistic and has very few words to verbalize his feelings. Making things with Play-Doh is one of his favorite… Read More Rainbow Play-Doh with Mikey O.
The human heart takes about 0.8 of a second to beat. Rounding that to a second is a still almost imperceptible amount of time, yet so much can happen in that duration.
In a single heartbeat’s time, a single second, 4.3 babies are born and 1.8 people die around the world. More than… Read More A Single Heartbeat