‘Star Wars’, ‘Back to the Future’, and ‘Wizard of Oz’ were a few of my favorite movies as a kid. There is no avoiding the fact that these movies are best watched at the theater. There is something about watching a movie on a big screen, with great sound effects and being able to share this experience with a crowd that make you feel you are part of the movie.
So, it seems to me that children love Thomas the Tank because the characters remind them of themselves, which makes perfect sense to me. Any parents have any firsthand experience with this?
Little else was known about Donald Triplett, until Donvan and Zucker’s article. In the article, the authors reveal various details about Donald’s life. For instance, at age 18 Donald was offered a part in Hungarian hypnotist Franz Polgar’s act to showcase his ability to multiply large numbers in his head.
Some of my greatest childhood memories are from family vacations. My mom and I have ridden on horseback down the Haleakala Crater in Maui, explored the Chichen Itza Mayan ruins in Mexico, and marveled at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. However, along with all the excitement of traveling comes a great deal of stress. From checking bags and navigating through airport security to enduring flight delays and long layovers, traveling can be a real hassle. And while most people find traveling stressful, it can be especially difficult for families of children with autism.
Some common signs of autism are difficulty communicating, lack of social skills, and repetitive behavior.  Remove the word autism from that sentence and those descriptions define most artists. There is an iconic, preconceived notion associated with artists labeled as genius. As they are consumed by their practice and their unique vision of the world, their artwork is the defining way for them to relate to others. Their medium is their voice. Their reality is experienced in a tunneled vision which allows them to focus on their craft.
The main thing that struck me after reading the article “Doctors Sued Over ‘Dangerous’ Autism Treatment“ in the Chicago Breaking News was the difference in perspective over what is considered desperate and what is considered proactive when treating autism.
Baking cookies is a time-honored tradition for many families during the holidays. When I was younger, my mom and I would bake cookies every Christmas Eve. Before going to bed, we would leave a plate of cookies and a tall glass of milk on the table for Santa. We would also leave a dish of cookies and a saucer of milk by the foot of the table for Rudolph.