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Our Socially Awkward Marriage Stories From An Asperger S Relationship

Author : Tom Peters
ISBN : 0984223037
Genre : Humor
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Through a series of warm and uplifting stories, Tom and Linda Peters take you into the heart of their socially awkward marriage. Tom had long suspected that there was something wrong with him, but despite his best efforts, he could never figure out what it was. With the help of Linda, a writer and investigator who he would later marry, Tom went looking for answers that would explain his quirky way of seeing the world. At the age of 47, he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Raw and personal, this book of essays was first inspired by Tom's challenges with Asperger's Syndrome, but the humorous bite-sized stories apply to any kind of interpersonal communication. The simple solutions that Tom and Linda have discovered - while dressing up a phrenology head or removing a wild opossum from the master bath - have the surprising power to help us learn how to feel more respected, heard and understood in all of our relationships. Introduction Remember that weird kid in the back of the classroom who just couldn't stop talking about astronomy, and would bring up the discovery of Pluto during lessons about the American Civil War? That was me. My name is Tom Peters. I'm a composer and GRAMMY(R)-nominated classical musician now, and I've played music all over the world. I have a wife named Linda, a college-aged son from my first marriage, and eight different types of stringed instruments at home including six ukuleles. In 2011, at the tender age of 47, I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. At that time, Asperger's Syndrome was considered a mild form of autism, characterized by an inability to understand how to interact socially. Those of us with Asperger's - or Aspies, as a term of endearment - tend to have few facial expressions and are apt to stare blankly at other people. It's nothing personal; we really can't help it. Aspies are often accused of being "in their own world" and preoccupied with their own thoughts. We are usually clumsy with uncoordinated movements, are socially awkward, have repetitive routines or rituals, and odd speech and language. Which didn't exactly make me a chick magnet. Regardless of an Aspie's age or place in life, relationships are often a challenge. Being unable to understand nonverbal communication or how you relate to the people around you can cause Aspies to blurt out inappropriate remarks and say just plain odd things, usually at exactly the wrong time. But it's not all bad news. The unusual focus and intensity that goes along with this disorder has helped me to hone my skills as a professional double bass player and later, as a composer of silent film scores. On a personal level, I am honest, dependable and straightforward. I love deeply and always try to do my best. I don't play mind games. I don't know how. And now, as a middle-aged adult, I'm in a happy, healthy relationship. My wife, Linda, is a writer who used to work with adults with mental, emotional and developmental disabilities. It was Linda's idea for me to share some anecdotes about what it felt like to be on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. She thought it might help someone to hear me articulate the feelings involved in some of the unique challenges I face. Around the same time, we also started writing articles together about how we were making communication work so well in our Asperger's relationship. This book is a collection of some of those articles and blog posts about our lives. Most of the stories are about being on the spectrum, or about living with someone who is on the spectrum. Almost all the stories take place in the context of our Asperger's relationship and subsequent marriage. We hope that you enjoy reading them!
Category: Humor

Way Of The Whale

Author : Linda Peters
ISBN : 0984223088
Genre : Whales
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Imagine feeling loved no matter what. This inspirational tale is filled with profound insights and powerful tips that will change your life forever. In the tradition of The Alchemist and Jonathan Livingston Seagull, this emotionally moving story is packed full of practical wisdom that will help you uncover your most heartfelt desires. What would it be like to feel peaceful during difficult times? What if you could learn to manifest creative solutions to your problems? What if you could see all the ways the Universe was conspiring to help you? By drawing on our fascination with the mysteries of the sea, Award Winning author Linda Peters weaves an inspirational tale of hope and healing for all captive creatures. Part self-help book and part psychological thriller, this story of personal transformation will speak to anyone who has ever felt trapped and alone, and needed some help to find a way out. Let Amazon Bestselling author Linda Peters tell you the story of a rogue killer whale who has just one night to pass down the lessons of his experience to a young orca. Will he be able to impart the wisdom of his ancestors before it's too late? Can he seize an unexpected chance for redemption? This powerful novel is a must-read for fans of David Michie's The Dalai Lama's Cat and Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven. If you're a fan of Hay House's spiritual self-help authors, you will love this new addition to the growing field of visionary and metaphysical fiction. Scroll up to the orange button and buy this book now to bring the secrets of Way of the Whale into your own personal journey.
Category: Whales

Contemplating Marriage

Author : Gloria Blanchfield Thomas
ISBN : 1556128177
Genre : Family & Relationships
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This anthology covers key areas of concern in any contemporary consideration of marriage. Chapters include: The Influence of Parents on Our Adult Choice; Our Expectations of Marriage; Church Tradition; Love, Intimacy, and Sexual Intimacy; The Meaning of Sacramental Marriage; and more.
Category: Family & Relationships

Just Married

Author : Stephen Macedo
ISBN : 9780691176338
Genre : Law
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The institution of marriage stands at a critical juncture. As gay marriage equality gains acceptance in law and public opinion, questions abound regarding marriage's future. Will same-sex marriage lead to more radical marriage reform? Should it? Antonin Scalia and many others on the right warn of a slippery slope from same-sex marriage toward polygamy, adult incest, and the dissolution of marriage as we know it. Equally, many academics, activists, and intellectuals on the left contend that there is no place for monogamous marriage as a special status defined by law. Just Married demonstrates that both sides are wrong: the same principles of democratic justice that demand marriage equality for same-sex couples also lend support to monogamous marriage. Stephen Macedo displays the groundlessness of arguments against same-sex marriage and defends marriage as a public institution against those who would eliminate its special status or supplant it with private arrangements. Arguing that monogamy reflects and cultivates our most basic democratic values, Macedo opposes the legal recognition of polygamy, but agrees with progressives that public policies should do more to support nontraditional caring and caregiving relationships. Throughout, Macedo explores the meaning of contemporary marriage and the reasons for its fragility and its enduring significance. His defense of reformed marriage against slippery slope alarmists on the right, and radical critics of marriage on the left, vindicates the justice and common sense of the emerging consensus. Casting new light on today's debates over the future of marriage, Just Married lays the groundwork for a stronger institution.
Category: Law

I Like Giving

Author : Brad Formsma
ISBN : 9781601425768
Genre : Self-Help
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Rich with inspiring stories and practical suggestions, I Like Giving will help you create a lifestyle of generosity. Choosing to live a generous life can transform you and the world around you. Something incredible happens when giving becomes your own idea, not something you do out of duty or obligation. When you move from awareness to action, miracles happen. As you make giving a lifestyle, you’ll realize you’re not only loving life more, you’re also creating a more generous world— a better world for all of us. Inside you’ll find tips about: • Thinking of giving as something you get to do, not something you have to do. • How to raise kids with a sensitivity to others’ needs. • Making a difference without being a millionaire. • Practical ideas for ways to give to people around you every day. I Like Giving shows you how to experience the joy of giving because we all have something to give. Beyond money or things, giving can be a listening ear, a touch, or simply the gift of time. Giving is living.
Category: Self-Help

The New Ones Of Atlantis

Author : Judy Prudhomme
ISBN : 9781420867558
Genre : Fiction
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Dream Seer, Judy Prudhomme, shares her lifelong visions of The New Ones and why Kleech,the alien Priest, created this superhuman species to rule and protect Atlantis. The New Ones of Atlantis will ignite your imagination and whirl your emotions with a colorful adventure of extremes: shipwrecks and rescues; pirate debauchery and dedicated Priests; dangerous Warriors and happy children; whores and virginity; demons, ghosts and the Holy Spirit; death, resurrection and reincarnation; Warrior Practice and Temple. The first New One, Lord Priest, is a black, bird-beaked, Warrior/Priest, Healer, Scientist, Educator, Seer, Magician and reincarnate of the Egyptian God Thoth. The second New One, Lord Beast, The King, is a genetic combination of Lord Priest and an African Lioness. Lord Beast appears human until his beastly traits surface and his deadly perfection proves why he is The Killing Beast of Atlantis and the undefeated Leader of the most feared Army on Earth. The Third New One, Lady Athena, demonstrates her courage when she challenges Lord Beast’s most dangerous Warriors to fight for the coveted position of Army Co-Trainer. After the bloody battles, Athena claims her victory and becomes The Third Ruler and Goddess of War. Enjoy Athena’s beloved friend, six-year-old Daisy, as she grows more like Athena everyday, leads the Little Flower Warriors and communicates to God in a unique way. Laugh at Atlantis’ greatest war heroes, the comical Warriors Burr and Mayner, as they try to get their buddy, The King, laid by slipping him past his Seer Father. Unfortunately, the dangerous Lord Priest is not amused. Guarantee: You will not want this book to end!
Category: Fiction

Honeymoon Hotel

Author : Hester Browne
ISBN : 9781451660548
Genre : Fiction
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A charming novel in the vein of The Wedding Planner featuring an ambitious and by-the-books event planner who finds herself at odds with her new assistant, who happens to be the son of her boss, on the eve of the biggest wedding of her career—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Runaway Princess and the Little Lady Agency series. The Bonneville Hotel is the best-kept secret in London: its elegant rooms and discreet wood-paneled cocktail lounge were the home-away-from-home for royalty and movie stars alike during the golden age of glamour. Recent years haven’t been kind, but thanks to events manager Rosie, it’s reclaiming some of its old cachet as a wish list wedding venue. While Rosie’s weddings are the ultimate in romance, Rosie herself isn’t; her focus is fixed firmly on the details, not on the dramas. She lives with a professionally furious food critic and works tirelessly toward that coveted promotion. But when the hotel owner appoints his eccentric son Joe to help run Rosie’s department, she’s suddenly butting heads with the free spirit whose predilection for the unconventional threatens to unravel her picture-perfect plans for the most elaborate—not to mention high-profile—wedding the hotel has ever seen, a wedding that could make or break not only the hotel’s reputation, but also Rosie’s career. From the author whose books are described as “deliciously addictive” (Cosmopolitan), Honeymoon Hotel will reaffirm your belief in happily ever after.
Category: Fiction

Awkwardness An Essay

Author : Adam Kotsko
ISBN : 9781846946042
Genre : Social Science
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Argues that the awkwardness of our age is a key to understanding human experience.
Category: Social Science