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A + for The A-Word: The most authentic look at Autism on screen.

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I worked for several years with a succession of autistic children—which mostly means boys—kids who were mainstreamed in regular education classrooms, with a classroom aide assigned to shadow them. That was me, the shadow. 

We also lived next door to a family who had an autistic son who became one of our son’s closest playmates, until we moved away at the end of elementary school. Chris, with his funny idiosyncrasies is the source of some very sweet memories, as well as moments of high drama. That’s what you get with autism, children who can be deeply involved when their needs and passions are directed and shared but who can sometimes find it frustrating when those needs are brushed aside. 

It’s typical for an autistic child to want to talk about dinosaurs—or whatever the passion is—and be frustrated while the rest of the kids have moved on to another topic. The autistic child is focused on that stegasaurus and exactly how cool it is, just not quite getting that the others don't shar…

Where the Boys Are

Old flames, brief flings and flirtations, young loves and faded loves. Stories about the boys. 


The Name Game Randy

Surfing Lessons 


Waiting on a Friend  Derek (2)

E Ticket to Ride  Derek (3)

In the Cups Derek  Derek (4)

A guy, a girl and a GTO  Derek (5)

Curbed Derek (6)

On Sunset Derek (7)

Behind Closed Doors Derek (8)

The Walk   About a boy in Bandol [the beginning]

The Kiss   About a boy in Bandol [the middle]

Garlic & Gauloises   About a boy in Bandol [the end]


Leaving Home  A divorce story

The Sticky Hot Days of Summer




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