To Eat from a Stranger’s Hands – “The Bite of the Mango”

Mariatu Kamara was a young girl living in one of the poorest countries of the world when war broke out. Although she lost her hands to the violence in Sierra Leone, the cultural lessons she learned early in life helped give her the resilience to carry on with life when many people would have given-up. … Continue reading To Eat from a Stranger’s Hands – “The Bite of the Mango”


Indian Horse: Inter-generational Trauma and Resilience

I wrote this as a sample essay for my students, and I liked it so much I decided to share it. The formatting isn't perfect, but you'll get the drift. As the building block of our bodies, DNA has been thought to be permanent and unalterable. Recent studies have revealed this not to be the … Continue reading Indian Horse: Inter-generational Trauma and Resilience

Trail of Lightning: The Importance of Indigenous Representation in Literature

I wrote this review as a sample for my students. I liked it so much, I decided to share it with all of you. The question of who should be telling certain stories is being discussed throughout the creative world. One might understand how people who've always had unencumbered freedom to pursue telling any story … Continue reading Trail of Lightning: The Importance of Indigenous Representation in Literature


I wrote this at the request of my students, but then had someone reject it for the intended purpose. The reason they gave the students was, " our culture, we don't believe in stealing from the dead..." (Private) I think you will find that the person obviously missed the point. Still, I'm finding myself feeling … Continue reading Taboos

I Abused Children And SO DO YOU: A Response To An ABA Apologist

There’s so much to say about this. When she cited the woman saying she looked at her child’s diagnosis as the baseline of progress, I understood the degree to which the woman’s opinion of her children has been damaged by deficit based diagnosis. If I believed my diagnosis the way it was written, there’s a good chance I might have killed myself.

Diary Of A Birdmad girl

This was written in response to this article which was written in response to my first article:

You can read my first article here:

*CW: ABA/Autistic Conversion Therapy, abuse, torture (including graphic images and video of), mention of “awareness,” “recovery,” Autism Speaks, filicide, and links to all of this and other material that many people may find triggering. Please proceed with caution…

*CN: This is a very long read so settle in for a while (or save for later)…

Dear Condescending ‘Autism Mom,’

I’m assuming that’s what you call yourself since your views seem to be right in line with those who prefer that title. I also think it’s fair to make assumptions since you’ve made plenty about me.

Still, I wanted to sincerely thank you for writing your article, “True ABA Therapy Is Not Abuse: A Response.” You see, despite the fact that my article contained language…

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