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Top Tips: New Adventures

(My train loving girl) Arizona has a high level of interest in transportation of all kinds. She spends countless hours reading about and watching videos of trains, especially. In Los Angeles, she’s excited to ride on the Metro whenever she can. Every time she takes a ride though, she chooses the same exact route to get […]

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Travel Tips

(Taking Off!) Arizona has been all over the world by plane, trains, boats and automobiles since she was 2 months old. It was important for me and her dad to introduce her to travel at an early age, as it was both a passion of ours. But as we discovered Arizona’s food allergies, sensory dysfunction […]

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Jump with RJ

  (Air ZO!) “Jumping helps many kids with autism regulate their bodies and this special sensory night was all about them…!” Thank you, HollyRod Foundation for partnering with SkyZone and Outback Steakhouse to host a SENSORY FRIENDLY night exclusively for autism families in the most DELICIOUS of environments : lots of jumping fun, ease of […]

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It’s Cool to Fly American

(Plane FUN!) Arizona and I were invited to participate in the AT&T and HollyRod Foundation event hosted by the American Airlines Abilities Employee Business Resource Group at LAX this past weekend. “It’s Cool to Fly American” is an “airport experience and rehearsal” event, having already taken place in airports across the country and finally coming […]

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2018 : Surrender

(Playa del Carmen : getaway with my girl) Certainly, the New Year 2018 is well under way. After a 3 week break from school, Arizona finally returns tomorrow. We’ve been on a few trips during this hiatus, a mix between work and play. Oh: and let’s not forget about my unexpected bout of shingles (SHINGLES?) […]

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Autism Speaks : Into The Blue

(Me & Arizona, dressed in blue for Autism Speaks) There were a lot of firsts for Arizona this past Saturday night as she participated in the opening of the Autism Speaks annual gala held at downtown Los Angeles’ historic Union Station. I was reveling in that culminating moment, reflecting on just how far my 11 […]

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A Morning Routine

(Walking to School) Exercise has always been therapeutic to me. The benefits to my physical health have always been welcome, but the mood-boosting effects motivate me to keep a consistent routine. Mostly I take a barre class, but sometimes I swim or find myself in a hip hop class at a nearby dance studio. When […]

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Noah’s Ark

(Surrounded by LOVE) A few days after I graduated from UC Berkeley back in the late 90s, there was a freak rain storm and lots of flooding around the university. I was renting a basement apartment in a family home and awoke to sounds of trickling water and a trash can floating by my bed. […]

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A Trip to Disneyland

(Cotton Candy deliciousness) Last weekend, we took Arizona to Disneyland for the first time. We figured that now, at age 10, she would be able to handle the sensory stimuli from the park. We purchased tickets online and started prepping for the visit. Whenever doing something new, it’s important to plan ahead as much as […]

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A Snapshot : Fall 2016

(A sushi date with Arizona) I often get asked, when people haven’t seen Arizona for awhile or they’ve just learned about her special needs journey, “So, how is she doing now?” I always answer that she is amazing and doing well, because that’s mostly how I feel. But what does a typical day look like […]

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