Six Benefits of LEGO Play for Children with Autism

When my kids were finally old enough for LEGOs, I was glad. Pretty much everything about LEGO is awesome. What was interesting (though not totally surprising) was how beneficial LEGO play seemed to be for my 6-year-old who has autism. Interestingly enough, some serious studies are now being done to develop LEGO-based therapy for children with autism. It makes a …

Best Christmas Ever!

Laid off. Struggling with life’s purpose and direction. Possibly sick and dying. But he doesn’t know any of that. “This is the best Christmas ever!” he announces as we decorate the (overpriced) tree. and I realize he’s right. Of course. It is the best Christmas ever. Five minutes later, while brandishing a dreidel like a dagger he exclaims, “Prepare to …

Always Inspired by Colored Pencils

Feeling uninspired lately. I’m not sure if it is because I’ve been focusing on work-related stuff… or because I’m waiting for cat scan results to see what’s the next step. But for whatever reason, I haven’t had much to say lately… and because I’m committed to Strong Odors being quality, not quantity… I’ve decided to share this illustration rather than …

Ringo Starr is the One

After a round of Beatles RB the other day, I asked my right-brained first-born what her favorite Beatles song is (of course Abbey Road is her favorite album)… I wouldn’t have guessed “Octopus’s Garden,” but I guess it makes sense since that Ringo tune has been entertaining kids for a long time.