Well, It’s Like This

Hi Quirky followers!

An announcement and a request – I’m making a change and would love for you to join me.

I’ve been writing on and off here on Stay Quirky, My Friends since April 2012, and it has been so valuable to me. 

But lately, I’ve been reducing my time on social media and online in general, and that has been hugely valuable to me as well. 

I’m forever grateful that you’ve liked reading my posts over these past almost 9 years (?!), because writing them has helped me connect with and understand my kid in a myriad of ways.

It’s why I come back to this space even after going silent for weeks or months at a time.

I still have things to write (and tell you) about what life is like over here…but I’m feeling the need to change things up.

So, beginning in March 2021, I will be trying out a new platform for my writing on Substack. It’s an email-newsletter service that will allow me to get out from under online ads, WordPress complications, Facebook algorithms, clicks and hashtags – and just simply write to you.

If you want to follow my writing, you can subscribe here, for free. You’ll get an email from me every couple of weeks (hopefully!). Or, if you’d rather not subscribe, you can follow along (and comment) on my Substack page: itslikethis.substack.com.

I’m not sure how this is all going to work yet.

But my plan is to launch “It’s Like This” in early March and get into a regular groove of posting something about what it’s like around here every other week. 

This Quirky page (and its corresponding FB Page) will stay up for a while until I figure out how best to archive it – but I won’t be posting any new content here. 

So, please consider subscribing to my emails on Substack to read my latest ramblings! 

Hopefully, I’ll see you there!



Hello, 2018

At first glance, it doesn’t seem like January 1, 2018 is all that different from January 1, 2017 for us. We’re still plugging along on all of the same things, still working the same issues, still in familiar places and routines, scripting the same old movies.

But, in reality, life has shifted quite a bit from this time last year.

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As a parent of a child with autism, I am shy to admit that I don’t read too many posts about autism – not anymore. When we first got our son’s diagnosis, I went full-steam into research, support groups, list-serves, conferences, books, blogs and anything else I could get my hands on. I tried to become an expert about many things related to autism in my attempt to understand my child, his potential for the future and our best chances for coping with and embracing his unique set of challenges.

But after awhile, I felt like I had heard it all, or I just got tired of living my life around autism 24/7. Many of the articles that come across my desktop now only receive a cursory glance. One post a few months back, though, happened to grab me at a rare free moment.  I came across one of Tom Fields-Meyer‘s beautiful essays about his experiences raising his son – a teenager who has so many similarities to my kid that I found the piece at once reassuring and unsettling.

Hidden among the comments from other parents and professionals praising Fields-Meyer for his engaging and insightful glimpse into the life of parenting a child with autism was this little note: “After article after article about autisium [sic], its like articles on writing a resume—ENOUGH”

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