Dear all,

I’ve changed the name of this blog to better reflect the works found within it.

The majority of the posts are still being written by me, seventh voice, but as always, guest authors are welcome.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog.

On a slightly different matter, I thank all of those who took the time and effort to join the Women’s Asperger’s Syndrome Awareness Support Page on Facebook but please be aware that as of the end of July it will no longer exist.

Instead everything will be run through this blog.

So please feel free to comment or discuss with others, any of theΒ  ideas you’ve expressed on my Facebook page in the same way via this blog.

When I first started blogging, I had absolutely no intention of creating an Asperger’s Syndrome / Autism only focused blog, yet that is exactly what I have created and so many of the other things that I like to write about now seem so out-of-place on here.

So I’ve started a new blog called “What in the Weird?” to express all of the other things that I like to write about,(like contradictions, e-bay, The Dead Files, TV, Movies, Books ) that I haven’t shared on this blog as they aren’t Autism related.

So feel free to have a read of that one at some point in time.

Thank you.







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  1. I read a few posts, and I know I will be back to read them all you have. Most of all, one post stands out and hit hard…”letter to myself in 20 yrs” many times i felt a same way, but never had the chance to write it down, mainly b/c I started crying uncontrollably.
    You are a wonderful mother a wonderful human being. God bless you.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. All any of us can ever hope to do is to improve our children’s lives. For some that means buying a bigger house, or providing the best education that money can buy. But there are some of us out there for whom the goals are somewhat less grand but still somehow more personally immense. I thank you so much for your support. Blessings to you too.

  2. Hello, Mae,

    Browsing through your postings gives me the sense of a human being fully engaged in her life, and fighting back against the urge to abandon the hope for a better life. In this regard, we are similarly engaged, but the amount of strength and resolve required for you to face your life are far greater than most people ever need to conjure. That you continue to do so inspires us all.

    When anyone with your degree of talent and powerful motivation for writing gives attention to my blog, while it is a gift which I strive to earn with every entry, it always feels somewhat mysterious to me, and like many writers, I often secretly wonder how it could be that our words resonate for each other.

    Human consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our humanity, and one that is essential in recognizing our inseparability from every other spirit born in the world. How it is even possible that humans can be so empathetic and caring in one place, and so disconnected and callous in another remains even more mysterious yet.

    The great German writer, Goethe once wrote:

    “The true locus of beauty is not in the intellect or in reason, but in natural feeling and passion.”

    Your natural feeling and passion are testimony that Goethe was right.

    With appreciation…..John H.

  3. Hi, and thanks for the follow! I noticed you started following Writing at Midnight after I posted my last post, “Bibliomancy”. I just wanted to make sure that you saw that this blog, Writing at Midnight, has been discontinued (though none of the old posts will be deleted in case anyone found them useful.) My new blog is at alisonjmckenzie.wordpress.com. If you had intentionally followed the discontinued blog, that’s fine, but I thought I’d double check.

  4. Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog! I appreciate it very much. I’ve enjoyed my visit here and look forward to following your posts. πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you. I am indeed planning to use it again…. I agree with you…. I loved the phrase as soon as I came up with it and yes it certainly does beg to be used again.

  5. Thank you for following me and checking out my blog. Your blog looks wonderful, and I’m excited to look around.

  6. You and I started blogging at just about the same time. I look forward to reading more here. I’m very interested in Asperger Syndrome, and it looks like you are very knowledgeable. I look forward to getting better acquainted. πŸ™‚

  7. Thank you for following my blog :). I really appreciate it!
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with having an eclectic blog. In a way mine is all over the place, main reason I named my blog Family, Friends And Everything In Between.
    I look forward to reading your posts ( I am following your blog too )!
    Take care!

  8. Reading your blog has inspired me to continue writing, so I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award!
    The rules for receiving this award are:
    1. Display the award logo on your blog.
    2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
    3. State 7 things about yourself.
    4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
    5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

  9. I just added you to my blogroll πŸ™‚ Though my audience is small, I find it a great reference for me. I focus on Asperger’s bloggers and resources. My middle child 6 yr old boy is dx’d Aspie, I am undiagnosed and My 3 yr old is going through evals now. πŸ™‚ It’s quite a journey. I am very interested in following asper- moms right now, since I find it a struggle. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ http://dailyamazed.blogspot.com/

  10. Dear Seventh,
    When I found your blog I found myself crying, uncontrollably, for twenty minutes. After raising a beautiful, brilliant, unique, and loving boy with Aspergers for almost 16 years (without officially having him diagnosed for fear of labeling and tracking) I have found a place in which the dignity and special superpowers that Aspergers engenders has been recognized. Forever grateful. LOVE.

  11. As an as-yet-undiagnosed Aspergian, I can only begin to express what a positive effect your blog has had on my life since I discovered it two weeks ago. Your perspective, your presentation, and the incredibly enlightening testimonies generated in the comments sections have all proven tremendously enlightening to me, to my partner, and to my immediate family. I understand so much more about myself, and other undiagnosed Aspergians in my life, thanks to you. Your blog has inspired me not only to schedule neurocognitive testing but to open up publicly about the devastating effects a seemingly dismissive initial evaluation had on my self-image. The knowledge I gained from your posts on empathy, the plight of undiagnosed adults, and adaptation techniques that cause AS to be frequently overlooked in women have given me the confidence to pursue a more definitive diagnosis than the one I received before. I hope the piece I have written about my experience up to now speaks to this impact, and that it may provide further insight for fellow Aspies fighting skepticism in the pursuit of a diagnosis. (http://robertjeffrey.blogspot.com/2014/03/i-honestly-know-me-evaluation-of_29.html)
    Thank you so, so, so much, on behalf of my partner and my family and I, and untold millions, for the gift you have given to us all through the work you put into this blog. I send best wishes, and undying gratitude, to you and to your family! ❀

    1. Thank you so much Robert for taking the time to share you kind words with me. I’m so pleased that the articles and experiences that I’ve shared on my blog page have added to your world. Wishing you much support. Cheers Seventh.

  12. There is no support system in SE Michigan whatsoever for women with Aspergers…now support groups, no meetups within hundreds of miles, nothing. I am a 60 yr-old single female, diagnosed at age 57, although I knew I had some kind of autism since I was a kid. It was accompanied with a serious case of dyscalculia, and ADHD. I was also born with a severe jaw/skull deformity, which made me the target of extreme bullying, even as an adult. I would find trails of milk bones leading to my locker, and I could walk down the street in a strange town on vacation, and guys would walk up to me and start barking like a crazed dog. I even had a boss in the 1980’s who would see my face, and scream, as if to pretend he was mortified by my countenance. My nick names were never nice. They were Troll (via my Stepmother), mud dog, pit bull, bulldog, barracuda, Neanderthal bitch, freak face, monster, and the list goes on. I decided to never reproduce, as it would be unfair. The neurological effects have been just as devastating. I am so sensitive to everything, from heat to cold to sounds, things that are itchy, like tags in clothing, and bright lights. I cannot read non-verbal cues at all. There have probably been hundreds of chances to make friends which I missed, because I cannot tell when I’m being picked on, and criticized, as opposed to just being invited to engage in some good-natured verbal play. It didn’t help that I had no siblings, or even cousins close to my age to practice development of any kind of social skills. My ADHD didn’t help, with the inability to read non-verbal cues. My other nick names were motor mouth, and jackhammer jaws. It’s not that I never shut up. Most of the time, I remain withdrawn, and mute. When I do talk, however, my nasally voice is such a turn off, that people have said that my voice is more irritating than feedback from a PA system, or chalk dragged across a blackboard. So now, I don’t even try anymore. Nothing truly good has ever happened in the last 60 years. Now, my Mom has cancer, and I must face this terrible reality alone. I need a friend. I need support, and no matter where I turn, and what I do, there is nothing, not even a long-distance voice on the phone from another who understands. Most of us who are high-functioning Aspies do not go on to be an Einstein, or a Bill Gates. Most of us languish in eternal solitary confinement until we die, totally and utterly alone. For women on the spectrum, it’s not like we were born on the wrong planet, it’s like we were born in the wrong universe. I exist, but merely on a cellular level. I have feelings, but in real life, I am only a ghost that nobody wants to see.

    Icky Vickie

  13. So happy to have found my way to your blog, I look forward to exploring. Like you, I am on the spectrum as well and have two boys, now 25 and 22 with ASD. Thanks for sharing your world . . ,

  14. My adult son was misdiagnosed as having ADHD at a very young age but I did not see the obvious signs of ASD until his older sister started teaching kids with special needs. He is 27 now with a good job, after flunking out of college twice.

    Peace ~ Bear

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