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Adventures at DragonCon
December 8, 2015 3:45 PM by Devon Alley
On Labor Day weekend, we took the whole family to Atlanta, Georgia, to completely immerse ourselves in geek culture at an event called Dragon Con. For those of you who don't know, Dragon Con is a large, multi-genre convention geared at fans of science Read More...
Conventions and Cosplay
August 7, 2015 10:56 AM by Devon Alley
Last year, A. attended the Knoxville Comic and Anime Con, of which I wrote an entry about in this blog. Because she enjoyed that experience so much, I decided to make sure she continued to attend even more conventions this year. We took her to the Marble Read More...
Her Podcast Debut
May 4, 2015 9:33 AM by Devon Alley
Recently, A. was a guest for my friend Elle’s podcast: Into It. True to the overall theme, this episode focused on one of A.’s very favorite subjects: Pokemon. I’ve mentioned Elle on this podcast before. A. is her goddaughter, and she’s been a close friend Read More...
Attending the IEP
March 13, 2015 2:45 PM by Devon Alley
For those of us who love and care for children on the spectrum, the IEP becomes a source of great joy and incredible anxiety. Talk to any parent of an autistic child the day before an IEP meeting, and no matter how many times they've attended them, or Read More...
Car Dance Parties
February 13, 2015 1:59 PM by Devon Alley
January is always a difficult and busy month for me. It's the month that falls right before our annual managers' conference at work, and because of that, I'm always working long hours, bringing work home, and just generally trying to Accomplish All The Read More...
Another Renaissance Fair
November 25, 2014 10:39 AM by Devon Alley
One afternoon, A. brought home a small flyer that one of her teachers had given her at school. It was an advertisement for a new East Tennessee Renaissance Festival that was beginning to get its legs in the region. The festival would take place in Harriman, Read More...
Underwhelmed by Theatre Camp
August 14, 2014 1:52 PM by Devon Alley
Last summer, I enrolled A. in an acting class at a local community college, and she absolutely had a blast. In fact, I would even hypothesize that the experience was part of the reason she became so interested in acting during the 8th grade, which of Read More...
The Trouble with the Zombie Apocalypse
August 5, 2014 9:47 AM by Devon Alley
My mother made a very accurate observation about A. recently. She said, if we ever did have the misfortune of experiencing a zombie apocalypse, A. would have a very very difficult time. I'm certain it goes without saying that everyone would have a very Read More...
A Geek’s First Convention
May 1, 2014 2:27 PM by Devon Alley
his past Saturday, A. attended her first geeky convention. The convention she attended was the Knoxville Comic and Anime Con which was held at a nearby expo center this past weekend. To be honest, I didn't have very high hopes of the convention. My first Read More...
Middle School Theatre Production
March 10, 2014 1:18 PM by Devon Alley
When I returned from my big conference in February, I was able to look forward to the middle school production of The Wizard of Oz, in which A. got to play the role of the Door Keeper. What door keeper, you might ask? The one who was at the gate to Oz, Read More...
Phone Calls From School
January 23, 2014 8:28 AM by Devon Alley
This morning, the phone number of my daughter's school flashed as an incoming call on my iPhone screen. There is only one time of day when this phone number doesn't immediately make me nervous. Every Friday afternoon, at 5 pm on the dot, we receive a Read More...
Flair for the Dramatic
December 4, 2013 9:34 AM by Devon Alley
My daughter has taken up a flair for the dramatic. Those of you who know my daughter personally are probably not surprised by this. Even those of you who just know me through my blog may not be surprised by this, because you were probably reading my entries Read More...
From the Archives: I Love My Life a Little. Wait, a Lot.
November 20, 2013 8:44 AM by Devon Alley
In this final entry from the archives, I delight, once again, in my daughter's amazing, creative perspective . November 18th, 2008: I'm having one of those Mommy Moments, and since it doesn't translate well on Twitter, I'll try to transcribe here. A. Read More...
Halloween Hijinks
November 5, 2013 1:11 PM by Devon Alley
It always amuses me to think that, just a few years ago, A. was absolutely terrified of Halloween, and it was, by far, her least favorite holiday. These days, she relishes the creepy and the grotesque, and she absolutely delights in the holiday as much Read More...
Daughter of the Ocean, Queen of the Sky
August 6, 2013 12:20 PM by Devon Alley
If there's one thing A. enjoys, it's a trip to the beach. So, for our family vacation this summer, we traveled to Perdido Key, Florida, to spend a week on the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. Needless to say, A. had a blast. There's a lot to be said for Read More...


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