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  • Conflict Resolution

    In case you haven't noticed, I've been lagging behind in the blog, lately. Most of this has to do with personal issues - with my mother's ongoing battle with cancer, and my grandmother's failing health, I haven't had very much in the way of ''free time'' to focus on writing. As such, I still have a lot of stories to tell - about past holidays and ...
  • Fall Break Escape

    A. only got two days off for Fall Break this year, but I made an executive decision to allow her to ''play hooky'' for the remainder of the week so that the entire family could take a trip to Fort Walton Beach, Florida in the middle of October. (And by ''play hooky,'' I mean keep A. out of school while letting all her teachers know where she was ...
  • Adventures at DragonCon

    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 fiction, fantasy, comic books, and pop culture. This year, a little over 70,000 people attended ...
  • Relaxation Class

    There is an amazing local autism group in our area, called Artistic Spectrum, that focuses on providing creative and recreational opportunities for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A. has participated in many of the activities provided by this organization in the past couple of years - from painting pumpkins, to watching A ...
  • Conventions and Cosplay

    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 City Comic-Con, as well as the Fanboy Expo. A. thoroughly enjoyed both, even though she did ...
  • A Visitation from California, Part 2

    (This is part 2 of a 2-part series.) Last week, I discussed the main events that occurred with M. and his mother visiting us from California. However, there were so many other small moments that I felt were, ultimately, so much more important to M. and A.  M. not only brought A. a rose, but he also brought a unique, hard-to-find ...
  • A Visitation from California

    (This is part 1 of a 2 part series.) These past few blog entries have focused on A.'s online relationship with a boy in California who is also on the spectrum. This past week, M. and his mother flew all the way to Tennessee to visit us. It was the first time A. and M. met each other in real life, and I had a bit of apprehension about the visit - ...
  • A Geek’s First Convention

     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 geeky convention was Dragon*Con when I was in my twenties, which was a massive event ...
  • More Communication Surprises

    A little over a week ago, I could hear A. talking in her room. She was sitting in front of the computer, but it seemed like she was having a conversation with someone. Being the nosy mother that I am, I poked my head into her bedroom to investigate. ''Who are you chatting with?'' I asked her. ''Hold on a sec,'' she said, and then pushed her ...
  • A Busy Life

    This is the time of year when things get pretty crazy busy around the Alley household. At my day job, I'm hard at work on helping organize a company conference that will bring in over a thousand attendees from all over North America which, unfortunately, takes time away that I would much rather be spending with my family. That being said, ...
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