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To Water a Dry Stick

There once was a man named John the Short, who lived with his brother Daniel in the desert of 5th century Egypt.

One day John went to Daniel and announced that he wanted to live like an angel without concern for food or clothing. Daniel allowed John to go, knowing that he…

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Added by Ryan Haydock on November 12, 2013 at 5:04am — No Comments

Because of Maynard G. Krebs.

This story sums up my life as of so far. Went I was very young 7 maybe 8 or so, I liked to watch Nick At Night on TV. For those of you who don't know what that is, it was when the network Nickelodeon would play old black and white sitcoms. They were all great but the best one was The Many Loves of Dobie Gills. On this show there was this "CRAZY CHARACTER". His name was Maynard G. Krebs. He wasn't like everybody else, he was different in every way. I identified with him completely. Being a… Continue

Added by David Miller on November 1, 2013 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

Eyes Without a Face

Hayao Miyazaki's animated film "Spirited Away" is a Shinto fairy tale. It is about a young girl, Chihiro, who is magically transported to a bath house of the gods where she is given a new name and becomes a servant after her parents are transformed into pigs. While she is there, she meets an old…

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Added by Ryan Haydock on November 1, 2013 at 4:15pm — 2 Comments

I'm Tired of Feeling Tired

I almost 35 years old, but I feel 65 years old. All the mistakes I've made in my life, have been made in an effort to try to "FIT IN." I've been struggling for so long. I'm just learning now about Asperger's and Autisum. I started to really look at myself when my now ex-wife was pregnant with our son. I went to a doctor. They asked me what my symptoms are. That question...made me feel more confused, sad, frustrated, and later angry than I've ever been. I quickly became deeply depressed, and I… Continue

Added by David Miller on October 31, 2013 at 4:28pm — 5 Comments

Becoming visible

Yesterday, I was browsing for clothes at the Goodwill in a neighboring town. I did not find a whole new wardrobe, as I usually do when I go to my favorite Goodwill in Lynnwood, near the transit center, which is a good place for a man with a smallish-medium build to look for good clothes, as it is located in a very ethnically diverse area that is not too upscale on the consumer end.  However, I was disappointed with this other Goodwill, on the fringe of a highway strip of gas stations,…

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Added by Ryan Haydock on October 25, 2013 at 5:43am — 1 Comment

Hello

So, I got an email that my membership is active.

I am 64 and have been a registered nurse for about 20 years, before which I was a letter carrier.

Both of my sons were diagnosed with Aspergers around preschool age at the Cleveland Clinic and, although I was never officially diagnosed, there is no doubt in my mind that I have all the necessary symptoms to be diagnosed as well.

Added by Ken Havran on October 13, 2013 at 4:10pm — 1 Comment

The Ability to Speak a Name

There is something about adversity that can sometimes drive a voice out of the shadows.  Remembering that adversity--and more importantly that voice--once the moment of crisis has passed, however, is a bit more difficult.  Speaking up with deep conviction could even be described as the transformation of that adversity into something better.  Without open adversity, however, it is easy to forget why speaking up is so important.  When circumstances are comfortable and convenient, speaking…

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Added by Denver NeVaar on October 7, 2013 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Not sure what to say

My name is Kasey. I'm almost 22 years old. I was diagnosed when I was 16. For some reason I chose to ignore my diagnosis until recently. I decided a few months ago that I would like to reach out and try to meet other people with aspergers and that was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. I contacted the Autism Society of Maine and they got me in touch with their adult social group. I've been 3 times now and I love it. The first evening I went I was extremely nervous. I thought…

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Added by Kasey on September 14, 2013 at 9:42am — 2 Comments

CHAT ROOM DISCUSSION GROUP

An informal discussion group meets regularly in the Main chat room, every Monday and Thursday evening, at 9P.M. EST/ 8P.M. CST/ 7P.M. MST and 6P.M. PST.

This group was formed by new members who decided that setting up a set time to meet would be a way to find people to chat with. A few of us had found that we would visit the chat room to find that there was no one there, or we'd just missed someone.

Since February, we have had good attendance, with some regulars…

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Added by brenda on September 8, 2013 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Thoughts about being a self-diagnosed aspie

_perspective, history and assets_



There are just things you can't do as an insider.



I had to learn mainstream culture from the outside, swear to God, as a high intelligence person on the spectrum -- and it's what made me quite so good at marketing and political analysis and that whole range of what I do, because I am a compassionate outsider.  



I am not attached to the idea that we are better than mammals, for example.  I…

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Added by Shava Nerad on September 6, 2013 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Suicide: How Can We Raise Awareness So It Doesnt Happen To Anyone Else? (In Memory of My Mom 5-25-58 to 8-8-13)

This is a dedication to my mother who I loved dearly. We tried time after time to get a diagnosis & just kept hitting brick wall after brick wall. Starting this year on February 13th she was in the hospital for suicidal ideation 3 times, & another she actually attempted. When they let her go the 1st time she told them she was not ready to go, so did my dad, my husband, me, & my grandmother. The hospital however acted as if they didn't have a care in the world. They released her…

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Added by Emily Marshall on August 28, 2013 at 11:15am — 5 Comments

Transition update 8_27_13

This is Becca's Mom-I haven't logged in since June as nothing happened over the summer.  However, this week we are finally getting things started.  We met with her Job Coach on Monday for almost 2 hours.  He seemed great and is actively looking for positions this week.  We also started yesterday with her Life Coach/OT.  I'm very excited to see how her schedule works out.

Added by Rebecca on August 28, 2013 at 10:18am — No Comments

As Stones in the Stream

Mottled and misshapen, unmoving and unmoved for longer than any remembers, yet in awareness forever growing and accumulating more memories than any single moment can hold--an entire lifetime is necessary.  In a long ago time, the stone lay in a field, surrounded by flowers with occasional attempts by vines to scale its modest height.  Then a particularly harsh winter fading to spring floods reshaped the land and the water found a new course.  Now the tiny trickle had grown to a steady…

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Added by Denver NeVaar on August 25, 2013 at 9:16am — 6 Comments

Cut Down to Size

I look up at the night sky and see all the glimmering stars and think wow. The light from those tiny specks in the sky have traveled hundreds, thousands, even millions of light years to reach our eyes. What is actually as large as our massive sun, and some even larger, is received by us as just a little speck in the sky. To our planet we are just tiny specks of dust. To our sun our planet is just a tiny insect. To other even more massive stars our sun is like a newborn babe. To the galaxy…

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Added by Darian Weeks on August 9, 2013 at 11:00am — 14 Comments

Self Sabotage

Well, I managed to do it again -- get really far with something, and then blow it at the end.  Back to square one, as usual!  I thought maybe by some miracle I wouldn't crucify myself in the interview for this training program I've been harping on, but no such luck!  Couldn't call stuff to mind when they asked me questions.  I won't go into all the sordid details, but here is what I am choosing to take out of it:  This particular type of job is ideally suited to me.  Therefore, even though…

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Added by Jean Petree on August 7, 2013 at 7:34pm — 7 Comments

Neurotypical movie on PBS POV

For those who have not yet heard, there is a new documentary airing on PBS from Chris Larsen called Neurotypical.  It is also available online to stream.  Check it out here:  http://www.pbs.org/pov/neurotypical/.

Added by Ron Wright on August 1, 2013 at 5:24pm — 5 Comments

Some thoughts on the Monday evening chat room discussion group

If you don't know what the Monday Nite chat room discussion group is, I would not be surprised. The group is relatively new, since February of this year, and not possibly everyone's cup of tea.

The chat room discussion group meets Monday and Thursday evenings in the Main Chat room, starting at 9P.M. EST/ 8P.M. CST/ 7P.M. MST/ and 6P.M. PST.

This group is not a formal GRASP group, and as well is not quite structured.

It began, as an attempt to coordinate meeting times in…

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Added by brenda on July 29, 2013 at 1:42pm — 2 Comments

Being Me Around You

Perhaps autism is the reason I've never really noticed an inherent conflict between individuality, relationship, and community.  Specifically because of autism, I notice the myriad of details related to each of these three and, in time, I've also learned how these details can be organized like the subtle shifts of color within a rainbow.  When conflicts have occurred, it is more often because of objections to interconnection. 

On one hand, in being myself I make a point of knowing my…

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Added by Denver NeVaar on July 28, 2013 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

Ok,So this is not the first time this happend to me

Ok, so, this is not the first time this has happened to me, when I set out to do something and it doesn't work out like I expected. I whent down to the hospital like I said I was going to. I didn't think this was going to be as hard for me as it was. Anxiety I was feeling this morning. I wanted to find an excuse so I could have a legitimate reason not to go. But I did go, and I was successful. I made it to the social workers office. She was a nice person. I told her my name, I then disclosed…

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Added by Joseph Monette on July 22, 2013 at 11:16pm — 5 Comments

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