Written before Christmas:
This year has been hard on me. We had so much happen all at once in the last few months that I felt like emotionally it’s just starting to catch up. We haven’t been to church in months despite my deep desires to attend. And of course, in 2 days it’s Christmas. I felt like the twice holiday Christian. It was a little disheartening for someone with a Masters in Theology from a seminary. Especially at Advent and Christmas.
So today, Sunday, I made it to church. Gratefully really. And today the advent candles is that of love. Now- there are several places my christian faith goes when discussing love “coming down” at Christmas. But the main message today was the light coming into the world. And I needed that image today.
Despite all the chaos, the dark, the bad: a child cane into the world to bring light and hope to broken people. Now I don’t get focused on what time of year (while making it winter in the Northern hemisphere does provide an excellent example for contrast) or historical specifics… but the idea of a child with the power of God in Him is something to celebrate.
So from the light, I got back to my favorite Christmas verse: Isaiah 9. Mostly because it is from the little light it all grows into greatness. And is this little child symbolized as a light that holds the glory and strength our world needs. Hope. Peace. Joy. Love. Light!
So I pray as the year closes, This message lasts longer than the dark winter season. For our world needs it much longer than one night of the year.
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to get back to my blog. Kids happen and memories to me are more important that documenting it all.
But I realized that my blog was a little outdated and needed some help. And the only way it was going to get help was for me to get back into posting and writing.
So just be prepared for new posts, new items and (dare I say it) — its own Facebook “page.” Please help it gain popularity by liking the page, checking out the blog and even suggestion things on the page you may want to hear discussions on. I’m pretty much open to anything. Musings of an afterthought, afterall 😉 (of course subject to personal choice.)
2018 has come and half gone already. I was shocked to realize that my reading goal of 20 books is slowly losing space. But considering I started off the adventurous, maybe the next books will be easier.
That being said, you’re problem where the title of this blog came from. No, it’s not the title of the book. It’s in reference to it’s pure size.
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This book is in no way short. Almost 500 pages of hidden (not secretive) history of Autism, it’s impacts on early children diagnosed, parents of those children and eventually the growth of something called neurodiversity. This is a fairly new term that explains the idea that autism doesn’t need a cure to fix a problem, but that autistic people have a different set of neurons providing a creative and sensitive outlook on life.
Despite its length, i enjoyed this book. I discovered how the beginnings of this condition confused many people, leading to bad insights like “bad parenting causes autism and therefore you should send your kid away.” It’s just horrible some of the things they thought and put families through. It really opened my eyes to the struggles related to autism.
My favorite chapter is the one about finding autistic mind can truly open up a world of creativity. Especially the beginnings of science fiction. People formed what would be considered the first fan clubs over the early fantasies and thoughts about space, astronauts and aliens. Let me tell you as another fan-girl, it was awesome!
So if you need a long book but want to be entertained and educated, pick up a copy!
Wow. In working through this bog with a small child pushing buttons of the keyboard I realized I have not written in my book reading section in several months. And I have actually read several books. So here’s a brief summary of the things I have read since my last post:
KETOGENIC COOKBOOKS: For my pcos diet I have picked up several of Maria Emmerich’s cook books on this Diet. They are organized in a lovely simplistic manner and include meal plans I can actually follow. My favorites are the quick and easy Keto book as well as the easy dairy free one. Not an easy diet, but well worth trying if you have hormone issues.
Allie and Bae by Catherine Ryan Hyde: an easy read a out an older lady and a younger teenager caught in unfortunate circumstances and how they survive by thriving with each other. We read it for my church book group, i recommend it if you need a filler, it’s not jaw dropping but I really needed support and encouragement and this book has definitely elements for that at any age.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: short but so jammed packed! Yes we read it before the movie came out. I had never read it…which was unfortunate cause it is my perfect book. Science, fantasy, love, faith…agh! I can’t rave about this book enough. I won’t be seeing the movie right away though. One because I have a kid but more for reason two that I don’t want to ruin any quality it has by my read and I don’t want to ruin the book by analyzing the movie. I have respect for both genres and therefore will take some time.
Highly sensitive person and Highly sensitive child by Elaine Aron: I was given the Child book before as a recommendation as I noticed some things going on with Austin and wanted some answers. But starting that book cause me to look st myself as realize I have sensitivities I have adapted for adult living. Both these books were great for that!
Well that’s the completed bunch so far. I’m almost thru another couple books but life jumped in the way and movie season is upon us. Hopefully updates will come more often. Hopefully the blog posts will too