Aspergers Children and Special Interests

It doesn’t seem quite right that a 41-year-old mom should know everything about a children’s book series called Ranger’s Apprentice, but I do. I know every title in this 11-part series by John Flanagan. I can recite character lists, the names of all the horses ever ridden by a Ranger (a kind of a medieval spy) and could probably even label a map of the nations surrounding Araluen, the setting of the books. I also know that there is a companion series called Brotherband Chronicles (Bravo Mr Flanagan!) Continue reading

Olympics 2012 Greatest Moment

The 2012 Olympics are behind us—done and dusted, so to speak. Each of us is left with our own favourite memories of the great games. If you are a South African, one of those will probably be Chad le Clos narrowly beating the almost invincible Michael Phelps. Other names heading the ‘greatest moments’ lists will likely include Bolt, Zonderland, Murray and Pearson.

As wonderful as it was to witness and celebrate these great triumphs, there is one particular Olympic moment that goes beyond a celebration, to become an inspiration. The fact that it was a fellow African who gave rise to it is, for me, an added bonus. Continue reading

Jonah Lehrer Book Scandal

I am deeply disappointed to discover that the first book I was going to recommend on my website, has just been removed by the Publishers. Apparently–in his book ‘Imagine’–Jonah Lehrer did just that and fabricated a quote by Bob Dylan. He also spliced together several other quotes to create a comment that was totally out of context.

Yes, I am frustrated that the book review I’d written a few days ago is now rather worthless. Yet more than that, I am bitterly disappointed that a book with such a wealth of insight, will never be read by an audience. I understand that this kind of book–which relies heavily on scientific research–needs  to be accurate on every level, but I wish there was a way of separating out the bad, without throwing away the good. This would of course be almost impossible to do because Lehrer’s deceit has cast every part of the book under a shadow of doubt. Continue reading