Stay With Us

I wrote this for our church blog last week after hearing the news about the shootings at Emmanuel AME. I’m not one that says much, in that way, I’m a lot like my Dad. But this week’s slayings at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina left me without words. A young man was welcomed to take part in a Bible Study. The attendees sat with him for an hour as people discussed scripture and prayed. Then, as the meeting ended and the people prepared to go home, the young man took out a gun and did the unspeakable. A … Continue reading Stay With Us

With A Heavy Heart…

On January 31, I got the phone call that you always dread, at the what I’ve been dreading for nearly 10 years- that call at 4 in the morning.  Long story short, I learned that my father had died.  As Daniel and I got ready to fly from Minnesota to Michigan, I left a text with John Paulson just letting him know I wasn’t going to be at church this Sunday.  I don’t know what all John did, but he was able to marshall the forces of the church to make sure church went on smoothly.  Retired Pastor Paul Ficzeri … Continue reading With A Heavy Heart…

Aspies and Grief

Gavin Bollard has a great post on his blog regarding how persons with Aspergers grieve.  Maybe one of the big things about those of us on the autistic spectrum is that we don’t have emotions.  The reality is we do have emotions, but they are expressed very differently than most neurotypicals. Gavin shares a recent trauma, how it affected him and how others were affected by him: We all deal with strong emotions, such as love, anger and grief in our own ways. My wife tends to cry things out but I often internalise them and take them on board … Continue reading Aspies and Grief