I am amazed that 15 years have flown by since I learned about Asperger’s Syndrome. The doctor I was seeing at the time told me about Asperger’s and that I was on the autism spectrum. Although my official diagnosis came a couple of months later, it was the moment when I finally discovered my authenic self. The reality that I was autistic. This happened on April 11, 2002.
In 2007 on this day, my favorite writer Kurt Vonnegut died. I read many of his books and enjoyed them. He wrote a lot of material that have been published after he died. I managed to collect those too.
Many years ago, I met my favorite writer after he made a speech at a writer’s festival in Boston. This was in October 1995. I shook his hand and told him about the time I was vacationing with my parents in December 1985 in Barbados. We were there for my cousin’s wedding that Christmas. I was reading Vonnegut’s book called Deadeye Dick. One morning, I woke up and saw my Daddy reading the book. Daddy remarked that this writer seemed to be someone in my age group. I didn’t have to heart to tell Daddy that Kurt Vonnegut was 2 years older than him. Daddy’s date of birth was November 13, 1924, and Kurt’s date of birth was November 11, 1922.
Kurt smiled when I told him that story. A couple of years after Kurt Vonnegut died, I told Daddy about my meeting with Kurt and the fact that Kurt was older than him. Daddy hardly reacted over what I told him. At that point of his life, he didn’t seem to care. Daddy passed was on April 6, 2015, at the age of 90.
Btw, my new book, The Outside In View of Uncommon Bostonian: What An Autistic Black Woman Sees, is dedicated to Kurt Vonngut.
I’ve been working on this secret project for more than a year just after I bought my laptop computer back in December 2015. The new book is called:
The Outside In View of Uncommon Bostonian:
What a Autistic Black Woman Sees
I went to the publisher called BookBaby to create both a paperback book and an ebook. It includes the blog posts I made when the orignal Uncommon Bostonian blog was connected to The Boston Now dailey newspaper back in 2007 to 2008. It also has some of the essays I’ve written in recent years and some of my black and white paintings that I made in the last couple of years. I write about the Beatles, the soap One Live to Live, the Dave Clark Five, the Monkees, and other things. I created the artwork on the cover. It’s my Purple Haze painting.
Go to this link to purchase your copy:
Here’s a picture of both the front and back cover of the paperback.
Or: You can click on this picture to gain access to the book.
I know this is early because we’re in early March, but this is important.
Hard to believe that John Candy passed away on this day (March 4) in 1994. He had a fatal heart attack while working on a movie called Wagons East. He is deeply missed. He’s best remembered for his work on Second City Television and also his movies.
Happy 74th Birthday, George Harrison! (February 25, 1943 – November 29, 2001)
Wherever you are in the universe, George, we all hoping you’re celebrating with John Lennon and Roy Orbison. As we all know, George was a member of the Beatles and the Traveling Wilburys.
I flew down from the freezing tempertures of Boston (4 degrees) yesterday to Key West, Florida, yesterday. Great timing for me because it snowed in Boston today! I was on the beach (Fort Zachary Taylor National Park) having fun and enjoying the sun!
I’m vacationing right now for the next few days, and I really need it! I had an awful cold for the last 2 weeks! Feeling better today, despite a few coughs I’ve had today and last night!
Happy 90th B-Day, Chuck Berry!
One of the pioneers of rock and roll is celebrating his 90th today. Hope you have the best day ever, Chuck! We love what you’ve done! Everyone imitates you!