Michael Forbes Wilcox

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So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Colin’s Bedtime Reading

Another piece of Aspergerian Humor

Not that we have a monopoly on this kind of delusion! Still, based on my own experience and conversations with fellow autistics, it seems clear to me that, to an unusual degree, we really do expect the world to know what we are thinking.

Oh, don’t let us wander!

Sometimes I think every New Yorker cartoonist must be Aspergerian. Even so, I guess their humor must be universally appealing. Here’s a great vignette of an Aspergerian quandary. We really do benefit from receiving explicit instructions!

Experiencing Irene

8 AM 28 August 2011 Amazingly, I still have power. I don’t expect that to last, and have plenty of snacks, books, and magazines on hand! Just went out to feed the horses. They were not in their shed, but sheltering under a large spruce. As I approached, 3 deer behind them saw me, and …

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Autistics in the Workplace: Building Social Skills

Social Integration in the Workplace Autistic Individuals Face Special Challenges and also have Special Abilities   Remarks and Information Prepared for Job Counselors of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) July 25, 2011   NB: this is a work in progress, and is not to be quoted. Your comments and suggestions are welcome and invited.   …

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In memory of Lori Bonatakis, on the third anniversary of her Memorial Service

Taffy at Thyme Hill

Today, I am in mourning for my friend Lori, on this, the third anniversary of her Memorial Service. Here is a short photo-essay that I did at the time. I am also mourning the presumed loss of her cat, Taffy, who has been living at my house for the past three years. I last saw …

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Quote for the Day: US Foreign Policy

One reaction among liberals to the Bush years and to Iraq was to retreat from “idealism” toward “realism,” in which the United States would act cautiously and, above all, according to national interest rather than moral imperatives. The debate is rooted in the country’s early history. American, John Quincy Adams argued, “does not go abroad …

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Michael Forbes Wilcox Autism Background (short bio)

Michael Forbes Wilcox Thyme Hill Alford, Massachusetts 01266 A pdf version of this text appears here. Michael Wilcox was born in 1946, resided in Stockbridge, Massachusetts until age 17, and attended public schools there. He was involved in many community activities, such as Little League, Boy Scouts, and his church youth group. During high school …

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Remarks on the Autism Commission

Michael Forbes Wilcox, speaking in the Massachusetts State House

Michael Forbes Wilcox: Remarks on the Autism Commission Delivered at the Massachusetts State House for Autism Awareness Day, April 14, 2011 The remarks below are also contained in a pdf file here. This is a link to the short bio that was used by the emcee to introduce me. You’ve Got to Have A Dream! …

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