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Over the Moon, Sun and Stars!

That is how I am feeling! 2010 ended superbly with the Autism SHINES Mural project~~>  January kicked off in fine form with my Temple Grandin interaction!! February 12th was the 1st co-ordinated APAC Global Awareness Event. March 4th will be’s 1st radio show as a part of the ANCA Naturally Autistic Blogradio Team. Be aware~Show you care Chalk Festival April 16th, WOW!

That doesn’t even touch on the #1 REASON I am so blissed out recently!! “Making Friends with Autism”  my children’s coloring book has been sent to the printer’s. 24 pages of  Awareness INFORMATION presented in a fun way! Info about their peers  they truly need to know. Let’s stop all of the wondering people have been doing! Let’s put something in the children’s hands!! Let’s grease the wheels of knowledge…and get this rollin’!! I am ready to have children coloring awareness magic. Parents learning and understanding basics with their children…Autism meltdown 101 .

CLICK to ENLARGE ~ each of Rachel Walker’s brilliant drawings! I am so blessed to be working with such a special artisan. Rachel is multi~talented to be sure. She is an accomplished artist that has shown at Vroman’s Pasadena  bookstores as well as Our local Glendora bookstore . Currently Rachel has a permanent spot at  a Gallery in Pomona! She has designed  beautiful costumes and loungerie . This year she is teaching costume design at an artist oriented high school in Santa Ana. She has encouraged some great work from her students with 1 Fashion Show so far! I am proud to call her friend and partner.

When I lucked into Rachel as the artist for this venture…I was at my wits end. I had been shopping around for an “artist” to help illustrate my “Why does Wyatt do that?” books. My mom immediately insisted I could do it by myself. She knows that as an artist…you can doubt your own abilities, and need that “pep-talk”… that urge to believe. Many , many times that is true in life. There is also a time to know when two heads are  better than one. Joining minds and creativity, linking together making each other stronger. This is what I sensed and thankfully found in Rachel.

The way that Rachel took my two rough designs and refined them and took them to the next level…Not Global~~UNIVERSAL!!  You know I LOVE THAT!! Kelly Green loves to think BIG! This is exactly my point ; Rachel understood that from me. When I approached her with this partnership I was seeking she had no ASD experience. She has taken it upon herself to check into things on her own. She has had some hands on experience getting to know Wyatt and I!

She has read things thatI have sent her and really taken this project to heart! She will look at photos and then be able to capture Wyatt’s body language in her depictions. Precisely what is needed. When I have given her a thumbnail sketch or idea of what I hope to see on each page…she understands and enhances my perceptions!!  So evident in her amazing heartfelt renderings.Our kids and families are in for an informative amazing  treat!

Speaking of amazing~~ Rachel surprised me yet again with a beautiful original piece for the front cover of “Making friends with Autism”…Wow when I saw this my heart had wings too! My beloved logo amongst the beautiful unique tapestry as WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY open for the ASD community!! Gorgeous~Thankyou Rachel!


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…”What does it mean?!!” The double rainbow dude had us all rolling  earlier this year with that phrase. So amazing (and hilarious) his reaction to the Double Rainbow in January 2010. That is the power NATURE has over people.  In so many more ways than one! It is majestic, daunting,  and simply put unmoveable by man. Something we MUST accept. ’The ‘force to be reckoned with. Something so much bigger than ourselves! Something breathtaking.  Quite literally, when the time becomes right.

It happened again, this breathtaking natural force last friday. BAM! Double Rainbow!* Although I didn’t go, “Full-on”  ‘D.R.-Dude’…pretty darned close. 2010 has been  very special  from beginning to end. I have said so many times this year that I feel a strong ”High-Vibrational” MAGNETIC~ natural alignment. People creating venues and highways for autistic people to be heard. A progression that is a long time coming. The progression toward mainstream understanding and recognition! Forces of Autistic Nature to be reckoned with, BY ALL PEOPLE! Most importantly, FOR ALL PEOPLE!  Exactly where the A.S.D. population needs to be. UNDERSTOOD & ACCEPTED and ACREDITED. ‘Seen’ ~Under the Double Rainbow!

Last friday at my L.A. Co. fair I was under one and did’nt even know it.To the unaware eye just one was visible. My photo later vaguely revealed that there were two.When I compared notes with the web designer Alison in San Diego, she saw both bows and took these great shots! 

Upon finding this out an interesting  thought occured to me. Let me see if I can explain it……I see life as a rainbow of differences and perceptions. A spectrum of colors and diversity. We, in the world of Autism understand this concept completely. We’ve dubbed it ‘ The SPECTRUM.’  We live with it on a minute by minute basis. Our rainbow can move through the range of color/ emotion very rapidly. Ever-changing and shifting. Day in and day out.Yes,as human beings we crave and need predictability. At the same time  we as A.S.D. families learn to count on the unexpected. So I guess what I am saying is that we need EVERYONE to open up to that concept. To the idea that things are NOT so predictable. That people are unexpected. Just because someone walks parallel to you. Their brain~style may not be parallel to yours. Just because you only see 1 rainbow…doesn’t mean there aren’t really 2. Our rainbow is there, parallel to yours ~just invisible to the unaware eye! Don’t assume that your rainbow is the only one under the sun. Know that there are people on another spectrum living parallel to you!!  

In essence “The Double Rainbow” effect. This is…in my mind, “What IT means”!!

The ‘ASD / NT’ FULL~ON Double Rainbow effect….woah~~~!

*originally written Oct.3,2010





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