Author Archives: amberhj

About amberhj

Mom, writer, worrier. And a stubborn idealist nonetheless.

Autistic thinking is a creative boon

Just wanted to share an article I wrote for work with inspiration from Stella: “Autism as Advantage: The Case for Neurodiversity in Design.” Let me know what you think. View story at Medium.com Despite the stereotypes and unfair assumptions that … Continue reading

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Big kid years

(This post is directly from Stella. These are her own words, even her own choice of title. Out of the blue tonight, she said she wanted to update everyone on her life.) I am now nine years old, and almost … Continue reading

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End the intolerable cruelty. 

By the end of World War II, more than three million people had been evacuated from European cities to stay clear of German bombs. Most of the evacuees were babies and children voluntarily separated from and by their parents in … Continue reading

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On the madness of the world

I would like to chime in. However briefly and inconsequentially. This blog post will be hastily written but also from the heart. I am terrified and enraged about the actions unfolding from our nation’s capitol. Through this blog, I have … Continue reading

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To Parents in the Storm

I don’t write about Stella very much anymore. Not because there’s nothing inspiring to share, but for fear of crossing boundaries and exposing a person who is all her own. That said, I know that there are still parents around the … Continue reading

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Winter is leaving

I will miss her bracing brisk air Sharp crystals and soft mounds of snow A rest from heat and pause in growth Cold quiet that heightens your aliveness And insulates the roots of the trees We have softened ourselves flat … Continue reading

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I am not a poet but

A short, simple poem came to me today. It emerged out of nowhere, after some rainy gardening. It also happened to appear amid ongoing efforts to stay positive despite a barrage of cold news. Stella still faces some challenges but is doing well. She just started … Continue reading

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Where do you keep your garlic?

As you’ll witness at any mall in the United States, the mental states of humanity reside on a vast spectrum. Our brains are not so easily compartmentalized from one another—and I don’t care what the DSM says. I recently bought a … Continue reading

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Kitchen Renovation of Liberty

I posted the following kitchen renovation log entries on Facebook over the span of a few months and they developed a bit of a following. By that I mean a couple dozen people who know me seemed to love them. … Continue reading

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A blessing and a curse

Well, hello there! First I want to apologize for not getting back to those of you who have reached out over the past couple of years. I’m feeling ready to re-engage a bit with the blog, and share more of … Continue reading

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