Welcoming Accessibility

Welcoming Accessibility

Autism and Expectations

I am aware of my autism. Sounds are grating, they twang through my ears like over-extended elastic bands, and I wait for them to snap and hit me.

I have things to plan, and I am putting off planning them so that I don’t miss out on what is actually happening now. I don’t want to spend my time in a continuous cycle of minute detail, data analysis, and variable controlling, instead of living.

People are aware of my autism, I have had two such examples of adjustments given to me in the past week. Both were thorough and thoughtful and considered, one was unsought.

Can you guess which weighed less heavily upon me? There is something about listing your deficits to strangers, that is unsurprisingly horrible.

I hate having to say that I find things hard, I hate having to point out what I need to make things easier…

View original post 784 more words

Random Thoughts: Open-Minded, Paths & Special Moments

My Joyous Feature

Life shall go through these open doors. Awaiting for a creative side to choose from. Feeling like being at a perfect standstill. Something beyond these true words that can genuinely stand out. Seeing art from your mind. You visualize art in that genuine statement. Considering it as a creative view.

There’s that character that brings an open-minded world in its perfect spot. Appearing for a shining light. Opening up towards you. Thinking of it as the complete path. It will visualize through a soothing area. Making it into a garden. A garden with some discreet way of lives.

A special place can bring a resemblance of beauty into a whole new meaning. Bringing some character out into the open world. The world can be a more honorable place of beauty. Beauty actually comes from the heart and soul. Building some true confidence.

In that perfect life so many things shall…

View original post 96 more words

‘Are we speaking the same language?’ – Why Autistic communication isn’t ‘wrong’


Apparently I get communication ‘wrong’ sometimes when interacting with neurotypical people. They tell me I am coming across in a way which is upsetting for them or confusing or a range of other things. However when I think about my intentions from the same conversations I am aware what the other person received was a long way off what I was intending to convey. This always leaves my doubting myself and feeling bad. In fact it shouldn’t. I expressed what I wanted to clearly but between Autistic me and the neurotypical person I was speaking with, the message somehow got lost in translation. I didn’t do anything ‘wrong’ and neither did they. It is just that we communicate differently. Autistic communication tends to not be understood as such. Instead we are viewed as if we were neurotypical people communicating really poorly.

This lack of understanding communication can result in discrimination…

View original post 818 more words

The Laughter of God and the Pain of our Lives and World


Prayer-Training-Day-picPsalm 2

Why do the nations rant?
   Why do the peoples rave uselessly?
2 The earth’s rulers take their stand;
   the leaders scheme together
   against the Lord and
   against his anointed one.
3         “Come!” they say.
       “We will tear off their ropes
       and throw off their chains!”
Laughing-Jesus4 The one who rules in heaven laughs;
   my Lord makes fun of them.
5 But then God speaks to them angrily;
   then he terrifies them with his fury:
6         “I hereby appoint my king on Zion,
       my holy mountain!”

7 I will announce the Lord’s decision:
   He said to me, “You are my son,
       today I have become your father.
8 Just ask me,
   and I will make the nations your possession;
   the far corners of the earth will be your property.
9 You will smash them with an iron rod;
   you will shatter them like a pottery jar.”

10 So kings…

View original post 975 more words

The Crystalline Tree


What will happen to the crystalline tree
that sits under the streetlight?

She is glistening confidence
standing beautifully alone
as the cars drive past
not noticing, not caring, not seeing.

When the ice melts do the fairies that live
in the branches come out of winter’s hibernation?
Is that when the crystalline tree go to sleep?

Does she rest after months of protecting
her roots, branches and all those who use her
as a place of refuge?

Or does she bloom bright flowers
and release her seeds when the wind blows
across the parking lot
creating a dynasty of crystalline trees
take root across the land?

Do the ice fairies light the night sky as fireflies or
do they find their way to the fairy houses in
the gardens in the city?

As we listen to music, talk and laugh the sounds of friendship
I look out the window and wonder

View original post 48 more words

Success through valuable things

My Joyous Feature

Success can only be able to contribute up to a proficient example. Bringing some intelligence up into that perfect level. Taking in upon that individual’s own style.

A perfect situation can consider matters at all times. Letting the things that can prepare for some accomplishments through a better opportunity. Nothing shall lead up into a perfect challenge.

A standard moment will get hold of that perfect knowledge into a strong point. Taking it through every obstruction. Finding that skill to complete it entirely. Looking like there’s something to form completely.

There’s some ability to treasure most. Putting that power at force. Letting it hold up into the strongest moments of all. Finding it more than trust. It’s unimaginable to think about it.

To that truly moment life will be able to lead that success. Being able enough to abide out.

View original post

Week in the Word: Remembering Who You are and Whose You are


This is the message I preached Sunday, March 11, at Hanks Chapel United Church of Christ in Pittsboro, NC.  Hanks Chapel has Sunday school at 9 AM, with worship beginning at 10 AM, and is located at 190 Hanks Chapel Loop, Pittsboro, NC.

John 3:14-21

three crosses14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have…

View original post 2,964 more words

Song of the South: Author of Our Days


The past few days and weeks have been times of big change for me.

This past year brought changes in my professional life — becoming more settled in my career as a chaplain, opportunities to serve in the church in ways that were new and renewing to me, stretching me and strengthening my faith.

This past year I experienced new relationships with friends, changes in relationships with family, one long-term relationship, and a call to a richer connection within my own spiritual life to the center around which my life is called to flow, which for me is the Triune God of the Christian faith — Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit.

Yet I also have experienced losses — some friends moved away, my mother passed after my family supporting her through a painful bout with cancer, recently I had some relationships significant to me end suddenly with pain and others…

View original post 513 more words