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Asperger's Syndrome In the News

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

It's been interesting watching all the news coverage on Heather Kuzmich. Heather has Asperger's Syndrome and for the past 11 weeks, her struggle to cope with her disability has played out on national television. She has been selected to compete on the popular reality television show “America’s Next Top Model.”

I regularly post news stories related to AS on my website. You can check it out at -

My very own online store

Friday, October 05, 2007

I wanted to let everyone know that I have a new online store on my website - Now you can purchase my books directly from me. My book “ENTREPRENEURIAL COUPLES: Making It Work at Work and at Home” is available as well as the book “Sixty Things To Do When You Turn Sixty.” I was honored to be asked to contribute one of the essays for the book especially since the proceeds go to support cancer research. It makes a great gift for any baby boomers in your life.

I’m also excited about my new digital workbook - "Do You Have What It Takes To Work With Your Spouse?" You can learn if you and your spouse have what it takes by working through the exercises in this interactive workbook. Since it’s a digital product you can print out two copies and get started!

Sliver in My Mind

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

So many of you have asked for the publication date of my new book, SLIVER IN MY MIND: Loving Those With Asperger's Syndrome. Well it is getting close. The book is finished and off to editing and all of those book kind of things that precede the bookstore. It has been so rewarding to hear from so many who have the courage to live these lives and shared their stories with me. I hope the book is worthy of your support.

As for other news, I am very excited about an upcoming speaking engagement with my local state psychology organization. I'll tell you more about that later. But the opportunity to share one of my professional passions with my local colleagues is a real honor. I will be presenting in Tacoma Washington October 13, 2007.

Finally with this transition to Fall weather you might be noticing a change in your energy. While I love the Fall, Halloween, crisp and cool sunny days, the winding down of summer and shorter days do have an unpleasant effect on many people. Even if you are not diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder you might want to consider getting supplemental light to keep your energy up and running through the longer winter days . . . at least here in the northwest . . . the land of tall trees, rain and long gray winters.

Thank you all again for your support and encouragement.

What does coffee have to do with psychology?

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Backtracking a bit, I thought I would update you all on a wonderful trip I had to Long Beach California where I presented to the Specialty Coffee Association of America. What on earth does coffee have to do with psychology?

Did you know that coffee is one of the largest commodities traded throughout the world? And much of that coffee comes from small independent growers, some of whom have only a half acre of trees. At least that is where the organic community gets its coffee.

And many of these growers are women, single moms in countries like Peru.

This is my second year presenting to SCAA on the subject of families in business. I learned a lot from these business owners, roasters, retailers, growers, importers. Coffee is a fascinating business. And the women involved are even more fascinating.

Cafe Feminino is one of the organizations founded by Gay and Garth Smith, owners of OPTCO (Organic Products Trading Company). Gay and Garth were the gracious hosts who invited me to speak at SCAA this year. And Cafe Feminino is a foundation to provide grants to women coffee growers to help them expand and diversify their businesses. It sure seems to me that one way to share the wealth throughout the world is to help independent business people become . . . well . . . more independent.

How to celebrate Mother's Day

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I am back. I removed my blog for awhile because of so many other commitments. But I truly miss this form of communication. So please let me know your thoughts.

Mother's Day was an amazing day for me. Not only did I get to share it with loved ones, but I started the day with a most amazing Spiritual discussion. I had to wake up early to participate but it was worth it. The speaker suggested that mothers represent the outflow of love in the world and that Mother's Day is a way to honor this contribution by Mom. But you needn't be a mom to be a vehicle for Love. It is really the way we are all built. Deep down inside of each of us there is a need to send out love and watch it transform others. We can't help ourselves.

But I have to say it is the Mother in me who feels the Love the most and who also feels the rejection of my love. For example, today I watched my neighbor's children walking back from a swim at the river. The three teenagers looked so young and happy and delighted with themselves. The sun was shining and their wet heads glistened in the sunshine. They had no cares, off from school early for some teacher inservice day, they were out for a day of play.

So why did this lovely scene make me sad? I thought of all of the times over the last 20 some years I watched my own beautiful children as they walked back from a day at the river. I remembered their carefree attitudes and their beatific smiles. But that is no more. My children are not allowed to go to the river without being harassed by the neighbors. These very neighbors who send their children to the beach to play have sued me and harassed me and mine in an effort to keep us from using the river to play. They have videotaped and photographed us. They have called the police. They have screamed at us. They have built fences over the river bank, into the sand and even into the waters of the Columbia River in an effort to keep us from using our legal access to the river. It has been awful to watch the hatred spill forth from these people and be helpless to stop them from harming my family.

And the sadness is not even so much for the loss of innocence for my children and myself, but also for the neighbor children. They can't play with the kids next door, because their parents have sued their mother. And even though their parents lost the lawsuit and my family has the right to go to the river, is their pleasure in that victory? I would rather share the joy with the children and share my neighbor's joy watching her brood enjoy a beautiful Spring day.

Unexpected Feedback on My New Book – Going Over the Edge?

Tuesday, November 30, 1999

I set out to write my new book, Life with a Partner or Spouse with Asperger Syndrome: Going Over the Edge?, with the hope that it would help those in Asperger relationships. I’ve already received feedback from readers around the world who are benefiting from the lessons I share. However, I recently heard from one of my clients, who read my book, and I was touched to hear how it impacted his life in an unexpected way. My client is a father to an Asperger child and decided to read the book to better understand his child. He has a strong desire to help his child as he continues to grow and form relationships as an adult. Although he did find information helpful to his Aspie child, what he was surprised to discover was the changes he personally needed to make. 

This parent realized that there are areas in his own personal life that need improving. He learned that he needs to take back his life too and live a life that is more true to his spirit. He recognized that he was isolating himself and stewing in depression rather than putting his talent into the world. The actions he needed to take are in his behalf but will ultimately help his child as well.

I never quite thought that my book might be meant for those not struggling with an adult AS relationship. However, the messages in this book are universal. All of us need to take stock and decide if it is time to take back our lives. I truly appreciate my clients heartfelt comments. If there are others who have comments on my book, I would love to hear you. Feel free to send me an email at

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