A year ago today (December 10, 2021), I rushed with my son (Mikey) to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital because whatever was making him ill was out of control and could no longer be dealt with at home. Within a few hours, we were admitted to the hospital. The two of us would stay in the… Read More I Remember the Sunsets
I love creating art, whether it’s with my words or photos, but I love even more watching my son create. One of his favorite ways to do this is with chalk outside on our driveway (a huge canvas, if you will). On July 4th afternoon, we plopped ourselves down on the driveway, started creating, and… Read More Driveway Chalk Art Fun with My Son
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
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
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
I’ve always loved taking photos and creating images. Especially when I’ve gone on vacation or go exploring the world around where I live. But with the COVID-19 virus making my world limited to my house, I’ve had to resort to focusing on my immediate surroundings and on myself (and I hate getting my picture taken)… Read More My Life as a Locked Down, but Not Out, Photographer
One of my favorite parts of being a parent (and one of my favorite things as a child) is going to the playground with my son, Mikey. Hearing his laughter and seeing the smile on his face as he would come down the sliding board or as I pushed him on the swing are a… Read More This Used to Be Their Playground
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