Writing When on the Autism Spectrum – The Open Notebook

If there is one response as a writer I dread more than a rejection to a pitch, it’s this one: “I’d be happy to talk to you. Why don’t you give me a call?”

When I hear the first few clarinet notes of Rhapsody in Blue, my phone’s ringtone, I’m gripped with anxiety. My first reaction is to hit mute. (Sorry, Gershwin.)

 

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Web of Possibility – City Creatures

My entire life is one giant spider web. Nearly four decades of experiences of intertwined threads spiral around a core that, until very recently, I couldn’t see. I didn’t even know it was there. I spent years wandering the web’s perimeter, not recognizing how all the threads radiated from the middle. One day I finally saw it. There, in the center of everything, connecting it all together, was the core: autism. 

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Working the Night Shift – National Wildlife Magazine

NESTLED IN THE CORNER of a backyard garden, a hungry caterpillar nibbles on the edge of an evening primrose leaf. More than 2 inches long, the larva’s matte-black body is adorned by neon-yellow dots and stripes, accented at both ends by metallic orange and topped by a single black-and-orange spine. Fattening up fast, the caterpillar soon will be ready to transform into a winged adult—but not into a butterfly as most people might expect. Instead, this eye-catching creature is the larva of the white-lined sphinx moth, an equally striking, fist-sized insect propelled by pink hindwings that flutter so fast it is often mistaken for a hummingbird.

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Lessons about Seattle from the Cooper’s hawk – Crosscut

To visit the Queen of Seattle one must first step over empty beer bottles and condom wrappers before skidding down a dirt slope and traipsing over a massive tangle of bindweed. The Queen is not holding audience today, but her ‘kids’ are there to welcome Ed Deal.

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Hunting for Dragons Around Puget Sound – ParentMap

They might not breathe fire, but dragonflies are an exciting sight. Here are 6 wetlands to learn about them with your kids.

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5 Northwest Animal Moms Who Can Teach Us About Parenting – ParentMap

These wild maternal feats will blow you away.

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