Memories of Michael: Mike’s Over-the -Shoulder Fling (1996)

I accompanied Mike on a vacation with his group-home mates back in 1996. This was, to say the least, an interesting and eye-opening experience. I documented one of Mike’s peculiar behaviors in the two frames below. When I would give him some of my sandwich, he would toss it over his shoulder. I don’t know […]

6 Months Later: Being a New Sibling

Six months ago, I interviewed my granddaughter just before her baby brother was born. Sidra agreed to speak with me once again at a later time to give me an update. We began our chat toward the end of the massage she was giving William. Here is our conversation: Zayde (me): What is it like […]

There’s Something About Orange Juice

The great race Dad always liked to have his orange juice. Once when I was a kid, about 4 or 5 years old, he challenged me to a juice race. I don’t know if this was a way to get me to drink my juice or not, but I accepted the challenge. My Dad, not […]

My Proposal

Facial expressions When I started visiting my brother more regularly, I tried to think of what I could do to help. Mike is low functioning, autistic and nonverbal, so he cannot contribute much to his own care. The only evidence of how he feels is through his behavior. I had been thinking about making a […]