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 […]

Memories of Michael: Vacation with Mike (1996)

In 1996, I had the opportunity to go with Mike, and members of his group home, on a vacation to Pennsylvania over the 4th of July holiday. My only responsibility was to take care of him. I never had so much stress in my life. I had to watch him every minute, change his clothes […]


We drove a long way today. We’re in the desert part of the state. I didn’t bring my watercolors because I thought there would be a lack of water… (just kidding). I did bring some alcohol-based markers to work with. Below is my version of the desert I’ve seen so far. It is very hot […]

Traveling Day

Chicago Although I’m not traveling as I write this – I write all my posts the day before and post them at midnight – I am looking forward to our visit to the grandchildren. We’re flying out today (10-16-13). I hope that Sidra will have time to update me about her six months as a […]


Vacations My older brother, Michael is very low functioning, autistic and nonverbal. Now and then, he would yell and bite his hand. I suppose he was frustrated about something when he did this. We never quite knew what frustrated him. When I was a kid, we used to go camping in the summer. Mom told […]

It’s Going to be a Mess

I’ve been watching some videos that I took years ago of my brother Michael and me. Mike is my older brother, who is low functioning, autistic and nonverbal. For me, an ongoing issue is whether my memory is faithful to actual events. It is important to me, although I’m not sure why. The videos refresh […]

Film Strips

Thank You Before I begin today’s blog, I would like to thank everyone who gave me encouragement about yesterday’s blog, which touched on the angry feelings I had growing up. I understand that these feelings are legitimate, but I did not know if I stepped over the line to disrespect. So, thank you for the […]