About me….

Within this blog are the collected and ongoing adventures of an artist and mama juggling parenting and the creative life as a blindfolded volunteer from the audience throws flaming knives at her. The part of the flaming knives are played by: Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, autoimmune shenanigans, small business operations, apartment living, and a rather large and eclectic extended family.  Like knives and fire, the flaming knives can be useful tools, depending on the situation.

Watch me gracefully work the flaming knives into my juggling act through a series of anecdotes, photographs, and How To’s so you can focus on the rest of your personal circus.

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9 Responses to “About me….”

  1. Kay Marner February 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    I found your blog via additudemag.com. Please consider…DRT Press and editor Kay Marner are thrilled to announce that everyone’s favorite ADHD expert, Dr. Edward Hallowell, will write the introduction for our upcoming anthology of parents’ personal essays, Bless Your Heart. Hallowell, a renowned psychiatrist, is the bestselling author of 16 books, including ADHD classics Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction, and the newer, inspiration-filled Super Parenting for ADD.

    Hallowell’s involvement takes Bless Your Heart one giant leap toward becoming what we dream it will be—a source of affirmation and inspiration to parents raising kids who make it a challenge to stay one step ahead in the parenting game.

    Reminder–March 1 deadline for submissions is approaching!

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    Is your child easy to love, but hard to parent? DRT Press is seeking personal essays written by parents of children with ADD, ADHD and/or other mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders for a book about the experience of parenting children with such conditions, for publication (expected) in January 2011. Compensation includes 10 copies of the completed book and unlimited discounted copies. Payment may be offered. The book will be co-edited by author/editor/publisher Adrienne Ehlert Bashista, Publisher, DRT Press and Kay Marner, a freelance writer who contributes regularly to ADDitude magazine, and blogs for ADDitudeMag.com. Soft deadline for submissions is March 1, 2010. For more information visit http://www.drtpress.com/anthology.html. Questions may be directed to kay@kaymarner.com.

  2. Bob Crawford October 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    I won’t engage in an on line dialog and post this here as it appears to be possibly the most private of your social networking, albeit public as hell. I would like to speak with you. Your posts of late in multiple sources such as this blog and public social networking sites may be interpreted as dangerously close to a public display of anarchy and at the least a strict violation of HIPAA. As an architect of the NEMA standards regarding the HIPAA act I assure one that it’s certainly in direct violation of the standard, which is law that applies to individuals or healthcare entities wrt disclosing PHI in a public place or forum without permission and you should exercise extreme care going forward. Actions which at first seemed confusing but which lateley appear desperate have escalated to an unprecedented level for some reason. Anarchy, yes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchy. Some lines should just never be crossed. You don’t realize the unconditional acceptance and care some you accuse of being in the company of the “blindfolded volunteer from the audience throw(ing)s flaming knives at her” you reference above But even the most forgiving and graceful eventually find the pain of accusations with no basis, fact, or verification too much to take. And for what gain could one be seeking?.
    You have my contact info. I look forward to hearing from you, no blog, no social network will do, voice only. It certainly doesn’t seem logical, your claims of not being able to communicate any way but public social networking sites especially if you can continue to manufacture such fine jewelry and maintain so many public personalities. The genes don’t fit on this side either and obviously you feel the need to do a little “throwing flaming knives” yourself and one can only assume it must be in order to achieve whatever goals you have without consideration of the cost to others. We don’t have any such brand in the blood and to reference such unverified and private health information in the public forums is not only exposing one to federal regulations and liable but may also be considered slanderous.

    “The Truth is Out There.”
    -David Duchovny as Fox Mulder

    Lots o luck kiddo, talk soon I hope
    bc aka pops

    • Bek July 14, 2012 at 1:23 am #

      Squee! A McCarthyist rant on my very own blog!

    • Bek February 15, 2017 at 12:28 am #

      To those who are curious about this comment from Mr. Crawford, please note that I have never met Mr. Crawford, I am not related to him, and he did not attempt to contact me via any private means, available via multiple mutual acquaintances, before posting this here. I am extremely discrete in posting about health conditions and genetics and will post on my blog about my personal experiences (as is my right), and my child (also my right, though it is my personal practice to clear things with him) and would never name another individual and connect them with a disorder without consent and I would still obscure their identity. Should anyone feel the need to point to themselves that is not my problem. Reveal yourself at your own risk but don’t blame the person who was, in a more private setting than this blog, merely sharing information about herself and her child and general information about the disorder. If you, or someone we both know, feels the need to raise their hand and declare “me me me me”, that is their problem and not mine. If a disorder is hereditary in nature, one may hazard guesses as to other relations who may gave it, and those relationships are generic labels. If Mr. Crawford is aware of another party in such a relationship that does not mean I have disclosed anything about anyone except me, myself, and possibly, I. I take privacy and security very seriously and it was defamatory of Mr. Crawford to suggest otherwise. Mr. Crawford’s comments remain here as an example of a troll in libelous glory and I meant to address them sooner, but my life and my genes got in the way. So read what he wrote, ask questions if you would like. Read up on defamation, telecommunications laws, HIPAA and NEMA, (the latter two do not even remotely apply to anything on my blog, or the numerous venues he has accused me of sharing private information) . Read up on journalism and ethical practices (phrases which are sadly looking like strange bedfellows in this era, but still may hang out with some of the good journalists.). xo, b.

  3. John Ordover October 11, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    John Ordover of Ars Spectra and The Soho Gallery for Digital Art here – this link will take you to the poster for Ars Spectra, in case you’d like to swamp it out.


    Either way, thanks for letting people know about us!


    • Bek October 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

      Hello John! I hope you are well!
      Thanks for the link! I added the poster to the blog entry and linked it to http://tinyurl.com/arsspectra. I’ll pop a reminder post up next week.
      Best wishes,

  4. autisticaplanet January 12, 2012 at 5:22 am #

    Thank you for subscribing to my blog. I hope through sharing my personal experiences I am able to be of some help to you.

  5. Craig Beckerman July 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    wow anarchy too LOL how cool can you get?

    • Bek April 24, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      I’m just exhausted reading all of the things that he accused me of. I wish he would have written something about running or Sweatin’ to the Oldies or pilates so folks would think I workout! But anarchy?!
      Thanks for the giggle!

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