I am 67 years old and retired from writing the metro column for the Evansville, Ind., Courier & Press. (My legacy website is www.pluggerpublishing.com. It has links to my columns, the columns of others, my Appalachian writings and a civil rights project in which I interviewed three dozen men and women who went South during the ‘60s to combat institutional segregation and to register black voters).
Last year I learned I have Asperger’s. It was a great relief to finally put a name on this “thing” that has sat on top of my head for so long.
Dad died last August, 10 weeks before I had my cancerous prostate removed. As a result, I have become much more attuned to my mortality. I live in the now. The let’s-get-it-done-before-I-
The blog is G-rated, so affected youngsters can access the material. I’ll saddle my steed to Google and alert experts in the field (both from clinical and research perspectives) to this space. I hope some will share from their specific expertise. I’ll also reach out to those who have published accounts of their Aspie lives.
When I found out why I’ve always been different, it was like unbuttoning a cement overcoat. Now I understand why I think this, why I avoid that. If I can contribute – even peripherally – to just one person have a similar “Aha” understanding, this effort will be worthwhile.
Thanks for reading.