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The Last Red Day (and Other Memories)

When you go out and tell your story in public, you never know what people are going to ask. I was speaking in a bookstore in suburban Chicago the other day when an older woman in the front row raised her hand with a question. “Can you tell me about Ezra’s school?” she asked. I [...]

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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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‘Have You Been Writing This All Along?’

Many people have asked where the idea for Following Ezra came from. “Have you been writing this all along?” they ask. Yes and no. Since a few months before Ezra was diagnosed with autism at age three, I’ve been taking notes. Not for a book, but to figure this thing out, to try to understand [...]

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Celebrating Time

One of my son’s obsessions is the calendar. For years, Ezra has greeted the first day of every month by rising at dawn and dashing through the house, shouting, “It’s February first!” or “It’s the first day of October!”  With pure joy, he exults in the simple passage of time, the ordinary act of turning [...]

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