Diving with the Whale Sharks at the Georgia Aquarium

Warning…educational information coming your way! My son and I recently had the opportunity to experience the Journey with Gentle Giants at the Georgia Aquarium, meaning we scuba dived in the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyageur habitat at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta, GA. This experience is available to any PADI certified diver ages 12 and up. […]

The Backside of Sharing a Hotel with Your Kid

I travel with my son often. Typically we get a hotel room with two double beds, or a king and a pullout couch. This ensures I don’t sleep with him because he’s a bed hog, he farts a lot, and besides the noxious stench there’s the fact that he’s 13 which is just weird. This arrangement […]

The Truth Behind Vouchers, School of Choice, and Betsy DeVos

I don’t normally dip my foot into politics on the Shitastrophy, but well this one hits home. I feel like I have to say something about Betsy DeVos being possibly approved to be the Secretary of Education. Yesterday DeVos was grilled in the Senate on her knowledge of the current education system, and where she sees […]

Our Son’s Journey to an Autism Diagnosis

In the last week I have had two separate conversations about our son Jacob’s Autism diagnosis. I have decided to share our journey in hopes it helps other parents who are currently undergoing the same voyage. You are not alone, and you will come out of this storm a better parent and person, I promise. My son […]

What I really Wanted to Say When The Woman Apologized for My Son’s Autism

The other day I was stuck in line next to what appeared to be a lovely older woman about my mom’s age. She wore her wispy ginger colored hair in a bob, not from style but more from resignation. We were standing there forever, and had an opportunity to talk, the I saw her Facebook photos […]

Is it Safe to Leave Your Kid Home Alone?

My son is  just one month shy of being 13 years old. He is going into 7th grade, stands about an inch (shhhhh…) taller than me at 5’6″ and 190 pounds. He’s not a tiny guy. We use to call him Baby Godzilla when he was a toddler, now he’s just Godzilla. I’m giving you his baseball […]

Scuba Diving in Roatan, Honduras with my Autistic Son

Scuba diving was never on my bucket list of things to do in life. I never pined to swim below the water surface and explore reefs, or experience sea creatures of varying sizes. However, it was my son’s obsession and when he turned ten-years-old I reluctantly signed up to learn how to scuba dive with him. […]

My Amazing Discovery At the GI Film Festival

Last night I drugged myself up with over-the-counter cold meds and headed to the GI Film Festival Cinematic Salute at our local movie theater. The day started out with a raging headache that was complimented with the feeling a small elephant had camped out on my chest. I had slept very little, felt physically horrible, and […]

The Eulogy of My Father

My apologies for my recent absences. My father had become grievously ill and subsequently passed away. It was not a total surprise, considering the man’s life has been on the line many many times, however he had always rebounded. I would be lying if I didn’t say a part of me expected the same outcome, […]

Fifty Shades of Autism

“Just as no two snowflakes are the same and everyone has a unique set of fingerprints there are shades of autism.” I tell my twelve year old son. The older he gets the more aware he has become of others who hold the same diagnosis he does. “Mom, this boy at tutoring is weird. He […]

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