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Support or Save: Part 3 of a Talk on Autism

  [I open this post, the third in a six-part blog series presenting a talk I gave at the Autism and the Pursuit of Happiness Conference earlier this year at the University of North Carolina, with a sensory break. I incorporated four videos into the original presentation, and hopefully I’ll be able to bring them all into…

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Grieve or Live: Part 2 of a Talk on Autism

[This post is the second in a six-part blog series presenting a talk I gave at the Autism and the Pursuit of Happiness Conference earlier this year at the University of North Carolina. Read Part 1: Accept or Reject here, and you can find links to all the other parts at the bottom of this post. I originally wrote…

Nicholas and Ray Hemachandra at the top of Rainbow Falls (Photo by Heather Holt Hill)

Accept or Reject: Part 1 of a Talk on Autism

[As requested and promised, I am finally presenting my talk from the Autism and the Pursuit of Happiness Conference earlier this year at the University of North Carolina. I originally wrote it for verbal presentation rather than for someone reading it in print or online, so I’ve edited it lightly for content and context. Here…

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A Note from Ray

I have been a poor blogger lately — “poor Ray,” a friend recently said — posting hardly at all. Today is when I begin to make it up to you. On my former static site, I had several complete interviews with mind/body/spirit teachers posted. They were heavily indexed, extremely prominent under any reasonable search architecture…

Flower and colors bursting this morning in Mill's River, North Carolina ... a little red, white, and blue on Memorial Day weekend 2015.

Memorial Day 2015: War and American Freedom

Memorial Day weekend 2015: I keep seeing signs in the community and posts in the social media community thanking those who died in military service to keep us free. And I keep wondering: Which was the last war fought that was actually necessary to preserve American freedom? Not all wars are, clearly. I’m not saying…

Autism and the Pursuit of Happiness

Autism and the Pursuit of Happiness

I’m very pleased to be presenting at the second annual Autism and the Pursuit of Happiness conference on Saturday, February 7, at the University of North Carolina–Asheville. I was at the conference as an attendee last year, and it was truly wonderful. The other speakers presenting at this year’s conference are an extraordinary, diverse group…

Nicholas and Ray Hemachandra at the top of Rainbow Falls (Photo by Heather Holt Hill)

Autism 101: Hating Your Autistic Child

Full title and full disclosure: Autism 101: hating your autistic child … and teaching her or him self-loathing. Twice in the past week I’ve seen “I love my child, but I hate autism” posts by parents of autistics. One was written by a real-life friend I respect greatly, and one was by a Facebook friend…

A surprise birthday present arrived today ... that should not have surprised me at all.

Friendship, birthdays, and brownies

My birthday is tomorrow. This morning I was chatting on an app about it with a friend in India. It struck me as I typed that last sentence that it’s kind of remarkable that it’s now unremarkable how I in the United States have someone I consider a friend in India whom I’ve never met and…