Xmas

December 26, 2012 at 7:23 am | Posted in Family, People, Society, Treatment | 9 Comments
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Graham Christmas Small

A time to take special care of yourself.

Xmas (Christmas) can be very tricky.

If you have no (or another) religion,

or can’t/don’t/won’t have kids,

or don’t believe in Santa,

or don’t like socialising,

or don’t wish to clutter your home with needless purchases,

there are few (if any) reasons to celebrate.

You may therefore feel your otherness particularly keenly at this time.

If you have a non-aspie partner, this will likely hit them pretty hard.

So it’s important to take extra care of yourselves and each other.

This may involve bolting the door and bunkering down until it’s all over.

A more positive use of ‘downtime’ is to go where others aren’t (e.g. a golf course at dawn on xmas morning).

If you have pets, make the most of them.

For they accept you, even if you are a ‘freak‘.

😐

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Little

April 8, 2012 at 9:22 am | Posted in Benefits, Interests, Recreation, Senses, Sight | 5 Comments
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Little things mean a lot!

Though being highly detail oriented can be a total pain in the bum, it also brings advantages.

One benefit is that you spot things others never see.

I bet if you discovered this tiny Number 5, there wouldn’t be another soul within 20 km who knew about it.

Perhaps only the person who designed the nut and maybe – just maybe – the person who installed it.

It’s a little thing, for sure.

But if you start small, your universe expands out of sight.

🙂

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Lawrence

December 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Posted in 1, Compulsions, Humour, Interests, Mind, Recreation, School, Sight | 2 Comments
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Lawrence. About to lose it.
God knows I would too!

Lawrence of Arabia is another Aspie hero.

He certainly knew his stuff among the Arabs in World War I.

And if you read his biography, you’ll find he was a troubled chap indeed.

Despite his profound otherness, he achieved great things in archaeology, language, warfare and literature.

Though the movie is doubtless romanticised, it has more than enough grit to satisfy the fact-hungry viewer.

Lawrence’s ultra-violent response to his abuse by the Turks is an oft-cited character flaw.

Yet who among us, bullied at school to the edge of madness, would not take revenge on our tormentors if given the chance to do so with impunity?

As with Murphy’s War, I’d love to hear your views on this film.

Perhaps we can generate a Top Ten Aspie Film list.

The festival wouldn’t be much chop …

but our friends and family would certainly have an easy job at xmas!

🙂

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Max

November 16, 2009 at 7:53 am | Posted in 1, Humour, Interests, People, Recreation, Sight, Society | Leave a comment
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Max

Max is a refreshingly accurate embodiment of Asperger’s syndrome.

Mary and Max is a full-length claymation movie that has won many awards. Its humanity and attention to detail will astound and delight you.

Max, one of the main characters, is an Aspie. To date there have been few authentic dramatic renderings of Asperger sufferers.

This film is a wonderful exception.

It’s ironic that such a resonating portrayal should occur in stop motion animation, but it does.

You’ll laugh and nod as you see symptom after familiar symptom covered with accuracy, compassion and humour.

And at the end, you’ll very probably cry. Another irony, given that the characters aren’t even human. Or maybe that’s just the point!

Anyway, do yourself a favour and check it out!

🙂

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School

October 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Posted in Mind, School, Society, Threats | Leave a comment
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A snapshot of life in junior high school.

At school, the torments of ‘otherness’ reach an exquisite crescendo.

Some days, you may run home and beg never to be sent back.

But you must return, as that’s the way of the world.

See the post on Bully for some survival tips.

Art

June 17, 2009 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Benefits, Interests, Mind, School, Sight | Leave a comment
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Painting in 1973

Painting in 1973

When doing art at primary school with scissors, glue and coloured fabric scraps, you’ll probably create something extraordinary.

Not only will your subject be atypical for your age (e.g. an erupting volcano) you’ll also use the materials metaphorically (e.g. bold black strips to indicate flying lava trajectory).

The result will be so unusual that your teacher may discuss it with your parents.

Don’t get your hopes up.

Though your piece will stand out clearly from the families, pets and vehicles depicted by your classmates, it’ll fail to garner a red-and-yellow SOLD sticker in the art gallery at the school fete.

Instead, it’ll be taken down, folded double and returned to you as a memento of your ‘otherness’.

Whether you can parlay this trait into a viable artistic career is entirely up to you.

A Volcano. Circa 1970.

A Volcano. Circa 1970.

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