Sea Lions on Parade

Dear Friends, We are shifting the focus of The Ocean and Us to be more about adaptive ways of interacting with the ocean! We have new interview episodes coming up starting next week. And I will still be sharing my own ocean journey! Speaking of, yesterday we snorkeled La Jolla Cove. I was so tiredContinue reading “Sea Lions on Parade”

Snorkel Log: Sharks and Rays and Guitarfish!

Dear Friends, I am so loving my weekly snorkel outings! I am so lucky to live somewhere with such incredible marine life. I am also lucky to have the support to get out and swim with it! Here is a clip from this week’s outing. So many sharks and rays and guitarfish! It was soContinue reading “Snorkel Log: Sharks and Rays and Guitarfish!”

My Birthday Message

Dear Friends, Wow, I am 37 today! I decided to re-post the poem I wrote for my birthday last year. I am still so just beginning my life with communication, and this is only my third birthday since having Spelling access in my daily life. Each milestone brings joy, pride, and also gratitude, but alsoContinue reading “My Birthday Message”

Back to Summer Snorkel Bliss

Dear Friends,  It is high summer – hot sunny days, invasive crowds, and glorious warm ocean waters! I am back to regular snorkeling after several months’ hiatus. It is easy to get out of the habit, since it is a bit of a drive to our favorite spots, and we are so juggling the manyContinue reading “Back to Summer Snorkel Bliss”

We are us

Dear Friends, I am so glowing from Motormorphosis! Wow! I want to share a poem I wrote about how it felt to be in such an accepting community in person. This was my first time at a large public event centered on nonspeaking autistic folks, and it was such a space of understanding and comfortContinue reading “We are us”

The Father Land

Dear Friends, Greetings from the Emerald Isle! I am so overwhelmed with emotions about this trip to my father’s homeland. It is a gorgeous country with a troubled and rich past. And it is a place of such spiritual depth. It is where my father grew up and spent his youth before setting off forContinue reading “The Father Land”

A chat with my main CRP and ally: separation, autonomy, and opportunity

Dear Friends, I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! I am having a lovely day with my family. My sister and main CRP Tara leaves tomorrow for Ireland and will be there for ten days before the rest of us join her. This is the longest we’ve been apart since we gained fluency justContinue reading “A chat with my main CRP and ally: separation, autonomy, and opportunity”

Happy Earth Day!

Dear Friends, Happy Earth Day! I am so eager to share my love and wonder for our amazing planet! A big part of my journey over the past two years has been getting to know Mother Ocean more deeply. But even before that, I have always found solace in nature. And many of my peersContinue reading “Happy Earth Day!”

Communicating with My Most Precious Person

Dear Friends, My mom and I had a huge breakthrough today in our Spelling to Communicate partnership! It has been a long journey, even though I absolutely love her and want nothing more than to be able to communicate fluently with her. Communication is a complex and mysterious phenomenon in many ways, and I don’tContinue reading “Communicating with My Most Precious Person”

A New & Empowering View of Myself

Dear Friends, Today is my 2nd anniversary of being fluent with Tara! And I want to mark it by sharing an important shift in how I view myself. As many apraxic folks do, I have long struggled with my body. I came to view it as an unruly opponent, an obstacle to all I wantedContinue reading “A New & Empowering View of Myself”