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as an Adult with Autism

Higher Octane – A Father’s Love

Every year, my wife and a bunch of friends get away to sort through old photos – physical and virtual – reminiscing of days long gone with friends and family.  They call it “scrapbooking,” although I’m not seeing many scrapbooks as a result anymore.  She made some for me from pictures I brought into our…

Spamalot, Scamalot

Since the new year, one of my older email accounts has been the target of about 20 phishing emails a day.  I see on user forums that it’s happening to a lot of people, too.  Phishing, for those of you who think I’ve misspelled something, is the type of spam that wants people to divulge…

Sleeper’s Block?

It has been too long since I have blogged, and as I look back, it is difficult to pinpoint one main cause.  It was a busy fall with work and family, but I was distracted by myself more than anything else.  “Why am I so worried about everything?” is the question that was driving me…

Higher Octane – Need a Tutor? Not Anymore!

I wrote some devotional material for a church a few years back. Be encouraged today! Years ago, I tried my hand at professional math tutoring for a few short months.  Wow, that takes patience.  The biggest thing I learned (re-learned, if I’m honest) is that knowing more than the other person doesn’t make you a…

Cool Cars Are Therapeutic

Admitting needs is tough for many of us – even those of us on the autism spectrum. Part of the reason I blog is to be more transparent about my weaknesses. If I can share anything helpful, whether it is from a moment of victory, or of a moment of struggle, I want to do…

Camping in the Burbs

It has been a summer of lots of work, some play, and many nights sleeping away from our home.  June was filled with opportunities to see grandchildren and other family.  All this activity included a waterpark, an indoor trampoline park (where we had a 4-year old’s birthday party), and a very welcome chance to see…

Earth Day Birthday

This year, I worked on my birthday.  Happens all the time – adults often work on their birthdays.  I was spoiled in years past; my previous employer offered a day off with pay for birthdays!   But this year, I not only went to work, but I did a tiny bit more manual labor than usual.…

Boldly Going with ASD

Sometimes, my enthusiasms can be another’s irritations.  Not that the thing I am enthusiastic about is irritating in and of itself; it’s me.  I become irritating when I spew my enthusiasm about some things all around, “getting it” all over those around me. This year, May the Fourth was one of those sometimes. Science Fiction…

Higher Octane – Good Recalls

The Mini takes 5W-30 oil.  But, because I’ve owned several other cars that needed other oil weights, sometimes I forget which weight to purchase.  Fortunately, Mini has printed the Paceman’s required oil weight on a sticker — right under the hood.  A big black sticker with yellow print — extremely hard to miss.  I feel…

Revolutionary Thinking – First Year

Hi, I’m Bart, and I have autism.  Sound like an AA meeting?  Well, it took some humility and self-admission on my part to say anything about autism to anyone.  I’ve written before about my feelings at the time of my diagnosis; one of the self-imposed scripts that began to haunt me was, “Tell no one.” …

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