Theological ThinkTank

2. A better Roadmap With Signposts

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Continuing my new updates to my blog. I have decided I am going to try and organize my page a little better. As you may have noticed (or may not, depends if I get the layout changed by this blog, likely not-see ADHD issues), there are new tabs to see new topics. Since I have partially made it my goal to be a voice among female autistic/ADHD-ers, I am going to focus on the neurodiversity aspect of my life.

Here are the topics:

ND Life: just general things going on. there may be sub titles such as “Struggles” and “Thinking it Out Loud”… we shall see where this goes. Some categories may be separate. “Special Interests” and “Stimming”

ND SocialMed: evaluating social media. yep, i’m doing it. Scary. Trying to approach it in a different way. I need to. Stress and mental health call my name on it.

ND Career/Ed: looking at my MSIDT stuff. I will not be talking about my current job as much as possible. I feel that is both protecting me and paying respect to my current employer.

ND Faith: thoughts on belief/faith/etc. Watch out–my theology is showing.

ND Support, Q&A: these are more for those reading wondering how to help those with similar issues.

ND Parenting: for 2 legged kids and 4 legged. Grant it my kid is ND too, so helpful insight there. I also have pets and have some thoughts on that.

ND Relate: relationships–either thru friends or other people.

More categories may come and go but I thought it would be helpful. Hopefully we can all learn a little from this

RESTART 2020

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Or 2021 at this rate. But wherever you are, you’re here! and that’s important!

I’m pretty sure this is something MANY of us have thought throughout the year. So in the spirit of our hopes and desires… I decided to restart/revamp my blog. I know I’ve been quiet for a while. Partially intentional, partially unintentional. There is a lot going on behind the scenes (see the 8/9/2020 post) but honestly, I had a partial writer’s block and lack of motivation. And started school. And took leave for medication changes.

My first day back after being on leave to pick up my computer in the office.

2020 has been the curve ball from left field that bounced off third base player’s shoe only to result in a double play with no runs scored. For those not into baseball (oh sad day….), this is like the impossible downward spiral bad play. The random craziness that just kept ensuing. Even as we speak in October, we have moved into a hurricane season that ran out of names and we just lost Van Halen.

So hopefully this change and update will be helpful! There is still some good in the world. I managed to get real good help. I started my degree program for instructional design (my new and amazing passion and study) and I am finally freely to be ME!

SO enjoy the new posts as them come! And hopefully 2020 will be over soon.

Under Construction

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Don’t be alarmed. I am still here, still conjuring up thousands of thoughts upon thoughts so we can all have fun discussions around those lovely thought bubbles we supress every day.

I have 60+ blog topics ready to focus in on and write up.

But I am also working at home thru a pandemic while starting a 2nd masters with a husband who is trying to complete his Ph.D., discovering my own self identity as an autistic, adhd-er, pcos woman alongside my son who is starting preschool where he gets help with his autistic struggles as well but they are going all distance learning digital this year.

So things are coming. It just might take a bit. Meaning the fire might be low, but its not out and just like a phoenix I will rise eventually from its flames.

Unprofessional Development August 2020 – Beyond Behaviors

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Let’s Unlearn Together

Unprofessional Development August 2020 – Beyond Behaviors

Reposting from a fellow blogger and parent. This book is opening my eyes and provides real action for interacting with behaviors. All parents can benefit from it!

Reading Records: Call of the Wild by Jack London

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***SPOILER ALERT also TW: Harm of animals******

I know, I know… Two book reviews in less than a month. I was just as shocked. But truthfully I was so happy to see that I actually finished two books within a reasonable time. And despite the last book’s memoir theme, this book a little more imagiative. To the point a movie was made with Harrison Ford (always read the book–even on this one, I would say it’s better to read the book.) And admittedly I listened to this one on audible while taking my long dog walks within a few weeks.

However, this book has a long standing history with me. In sixth grade–we were given a list of books to choose from and I selected Call of the Wild by Jack London. To be honest-it was mostly because I loved White Fang the movie and thought since the author was the same that it would be the same “connection with the wild spirit” as his other book. So, I wrote a brief report, barely read any of the book and turned it in.Little did I know that my teacher knew I had not done my work, explained it to my mother and she not only grounded me with a massive room clean but also forced me within 1 weekend to actually re-read the book & write the correct report. It was a hard but nice lesson in responsibility and honesty.

So when the movie came out this year–I made a special effort to make sure to read the book again. And while I saw the movie, absolutely loving it, I still worked thru original story of the book.

Call of the Wild is a work of fiction by Jack London with a dog as the main character. His name is Buck and it starts with Buck’s kidnapping and travel to the new world of the Yukon. He is beaten, traded, locked into a sled dog team that delivers mail across the territory in the harshest conditions. It finally ends with the Buck being pushed to the breaking point and a gentle soul of a man comes along and nurses him back to health before Buck journeys into the wild wolf pack.

The book was beautifully written. It had this harsh but strong appeal to it, like one walking thru the hard snow in the Alaskan territory. I know its Jack London’s specialty (see White Fang and several other short stories), but it was as if you were Buck the dog. Feeling each of this trials, his struggles, his joyful moments where he becomes on with the wilderness and those depressing moments where he learns some humans beat dogs for sport.

I will say I am glad I just listened to this book. I think having something tangible in my hands would have made it more difficult to digest, especially the parts of animal torture. Especially because at the time I was walking my dog. But if you have seen the new movie–I believe for once this movie actually stays true to the book. And not in the sense not it describes EVERY detail. But it does include the book’s message. It embodies the word “inspired” or comparable. The creative liberties the writers and directors took were respectful, classic and well done. It also allowed for children to understand the books teachings (like beating a dog is bad) without going into the painful almost chalkboard scratching pain inducing feeling you get from reading the book.

So if you have not read or listened to this book (or even if you have), I recommend it highly. Even if you love animals. It will be a true classic pleasure!