Amy is a dreamer, a cyclist, and fan of unusual or bizarre beauty. She first struggled with writing at the tender age of three, practicing her own name endlessly in black crayon in the back of a book she couldn't read on her own. She also took chalk to the unfinished walls of the new garage. No matter how she tried, the letters came out backwards and in reverse order. Hot tears and screams of rage led to wrist biting that she never let anyone else see. (But those secrets meant her sister got in trouble for the garage, because Mom thought Amy far too young to be the culprit.) Once a classically trained singer, a temp, a hospital administrator, a professor of accounting, and a scientist (not concurrently, of course), she now earns her keep in Southern California as a massage therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic practitioner, and author. She's still trying make the words come out the right way, and you can catch her latest thoughts on her blog: http://hereirawr.wordpress.com. Mom to two unique teens and two Siamese cats, life is never dull. In her spare time, she can be found supporting her cycling family at various charity rides, including working with the good folks at the AIDS/Life Cycle. She looks forward to leaving the bustle of urban life one day and having a massive organic garden to putter in.
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Unmasked at Last: poetry of a midlife journey to identity and autism acceptance
by Amy Alward
Poetry of an autistic woman pre- and post-diagnosis at midlife. Her search for identity and autism acceptance is chronicled in this volume of free verse poems. Resources and explanations are included to help others find support and community. Women on the autism spectrum are frequently diagnosed at midlife, and this book is offered to help them find themselves as well.
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