5 Best Bits – “Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity” by Steve Silberman

Book Quotes are in bold. Cristina Thoughts are not.

Perl…The code is designed to encourage programmers to develop their own style and everyone is invited to help improve it; the official motto of this community is “There is more than one way to do it.”

I love this idea. 5+4=9, but so do 6+3. Let people design their own paths.

Visiting my older sister once, I was emptying the dishwasher for her and I remember being worried that I was doing it ‘wrong’. She said, “Cris, any way someone else empties my dishwasher is the right way.” It was funny, made me smile, and taught me a lesson in grace. There is more than one way to do it. Have at it.

Susan realized that, even in his most difficult moments, he was trying to communicate with her.

I sense this at work so often. When people say, “Ugh! This kid!” The therapist in me goes crazy – Listen!!!!! He’s telling you something!! What is he saying??? Love love love. I love my job.

((About Asperger)) Instead of seeing the children in his care as flawed, broken, or sick, he believed they were suffering from neglect by a culture that had failed to provide them with teaching methods suited to their individual styles of learning. He had an uncanny knack for spotting signs of potential in every boy and girl no matter how difficult or rebellious they were alleged to be.

One of my biggest take-aways from this book is that Asperger was an inspiration. Adding him to my list role models. WWAD?

Lee Felsentstein…when a teacher accused him of daydreaming in class, he replied, “I’m not daydreaming, I’m inventing.”

Hehe. I love these kids. They’re the ones who change the world, y’all. Keep on, little one. Keep on.

Temple Grandin…warned that efforts to eradicate autism from the gene pool could put humankind’s future at risk by purging the same qualities that had advanced culture, science, and technological innovation for millennia. The maker of the first stone spear, she observed, was likely a lone autistic at the back of the cave, perseverating over the subtle differences between various types of rocks – not one of the “yakkity yaks” chattering away in the firelight.

Hahahaha! Oh snap!

I loved this book so much.


5 Best Bits – “A Very Special Year” by Thomas Montasser

Book Quotes are in bold. Cristina Thoughts are not.

The sky had been practising for Armageddon.

Personification is fun. The sky was practicing! Come on…that is cute.

They’d often come in just ‘to have a look around.’ But then they’d go away with one or several books that would often change their lives.

Isn’t that magic. Books can change your life!

You can sit in one spot, move your eyes across a page, and by the time you reach the end of it, you may be changed for the best and forever. Dang, books – you. are. good.

All the years had passed like this and nobody had noticed how wonderful they’d been.

Notice, Cristina! Notice notice notice! Take time to notice!

Elderly ladies haven’t always been elderly ladies.

Start at the beginning – I want to know everything!

“Oh maths is easy. Because everything always follows the rules. That’s why I like books. There are always surprises!”

I like having answers. I like that math is orderly and reasonable.

But I love the wonder of discovering the unexpected. Of accepting uncertainty. Of letting life – and books – surprise me.

5 Best Bits – “The Circle” by Dave Eggers

Book Quotes are in bold. Cristina Thoughts are not.

“Better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb than in the middle of some ladder you don’t.”

Grateful for my ladders. When things get hard, it is nice knowing I’m at least moving in the direction

There was no path, a fact that gave her great pleasure – no one, or almost no one, had ever been where she was.

What is it about wanting to be unique, original, different? It’s gotta be part of the human condition, no?

You do you – you’re great at it – the best.

And then it occurred to her, in a brief and blasphemous flash: she didn’t want to know how they felt.

Oooooh snap! So freeing. I want to know how some people feel about some things. Not anything anyone feels about anything. That’s ok – it’s good – it’s useful.

Did you ever think that perhaps our minds are delicately calibrated between the known and the unknown? That our souls need the mysteries of night and the clarity of day?

I love the idea that we NEED to not have everything – to  not know everything. It’s good for us. It nourishes us. I want to understand as much as I can and I won’t ever shrug away being better informed, but I will enjoy and appreciate my limits.

We must all have the right to disappear.

Shhhh. Bye!

5 Best Bits – “Talking As Fast As I Can” by Lauren Graham

Book Quotes are in bold. Cristina Thoughts are not.

As an actor person, as well as a person person, I don’t think I naturally exude competence. I exude more of an “I’m kind of winging it here, but isn’t this fun?” type of vibe.

It really is. Be as good as you can – then have fun.

Starting off with very low standards is a surefire way to ensure they’ll be met.

It’s a balance, isn’t it? Appreciating what is and striving for better. Setting high standards seems like the key. If I know what I’m working towards I can celebrate the progress while keeping sights set on where I want to be.

Spend some time with just yourself and your thoughts and nothing to do. How else will you learn who you are?

Cristina time with my self and my thoughts and my nothing to do – so fun.

Look up! Look up! What you see might surprise you.

No one knows this better than Mr. Morris Lessmore 🙂

The room was entirely different without his booming voice and easy laugh. Kelly spoke to him that first day on set. “Ed? We know you’re here. We miss you.” She said, and everyone choked up.

What a lesson in how to live. Be solid. Laugh easily. Serve.

5 Best Bits – “Paris For One & Other Stories” by Jojo Moyes

Book Quotes are in bold. Cristina Thoughts are not.

“Come on. You have to live so that you have something to write about.”

I need quiet time. I need to recharge. I think of Gustave Flaubert’s “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you can be violent and original in your work.” He’s right. And he’s wrong. I love my quiet, regular, orderly time. And I live in eager anticipation of the next burst of life! Today I’m looking forward to family time and travel time in the next few months – I don’t know that I’ll write about it, but it will absolutely write my life.

“It’s good. To just go.”

Pay off debts. Buy what you need. Protect your money. Protect your time. And when you’re ready to GO? GO! There’s nothing like it.

“Tell me…the best thing that has ever happened to you.” “The best? Oh, I’m kind of hoping it hasn’t happened yet.”

I can’t wait!!!

And yet she glows, she looks full of mischief and joy.

Days are best, lived with mischief and joy.

As she walks, in a city of strangers, her nostrils filled with the scent of street food, her ears filled with an unfamiliar language, she feels something unexpected wash through her. She feels connected, alive.

I felt this once…in Paris.

Thank you, world.

2016 Books

2015 Books

Some Books & Doodles (pre-2015)