Monthly Archives: September 2011

Putting Ezra First (L.A. Times op-ed)

(This piece appears on the op-ed page of the Los Angeles Times, Sept. 21, 2011.) As the father of a teenage son with autism, I have coped with many challenges: finding the right school for a boy who can’t sit still and has trouble connecting with peers; managing medications to help tame his anxiety and [...]

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‘Of Course I’m Sure’

I’ve been delighted to hear a wide spectrum of responses from people who have enjoyed Following Ezra. No matter what their perspective, many readers have the same question: “How did you remember all this stuff?” The truth is, I had some help. Like a lot of parents, I remember many incidents in my children’s lives [...]

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Portland, Minus the Otters

I wish I’d had Ezra with me on Thursday. While he and the rest of my family were in Los Angeles, I traveled to Portland, my hometown, to spread the word about Following Ezra. I started the day with an appearance on “AM Northwest,” the morning show on the local ABC affiliate, KATU. As I [...]

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‘Read This Great Book’

Among the more delightful challenges an author faces is deciding how to inscribe a book. “Best wishes,” seems nice, but generic. “Enjoy!” is fine, but impersonal. Just signing without a message feels somehow lacking. Last night I was contemplating that quandary at the beautiful Los Angeles launch party for Following Ezra. I was humbled and [...]

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Generally positive

It’s been a remarkable week, with many things to celebrate.  Following Ezra officially hit bookstores, and I’ve been delighted by the response and the many opportunities to discuss the book and it’s larger messages in outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic’s website, and The New York Times parenting blog. On the home front, [...]

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