Tag Archives: Tom Fields-Meyer

A Washington Post Essay: ‘I Just Know’

(This essay appeared Dec. 12, 2011 in The Washington Post.) My son Ezra was 4 or 5 when he began asking people their birthdays. At first it seemed like a typical child’s question. But then months later he would encounter acquaintances — or even whole families — and reel off the birth months with perfect [...]

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‘I Am Not Going to Grieve’

I’m guest blogging this week on Tavis Smiley’s PBS website, where you can find a version of this piece: —– How should parents react when they discover that a child faces significant challenges? When mothers and fathers learn that a young son or daughter suffers from a developmental disorder or serious illness, they find themselves [...]

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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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‘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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