Monday, March 3, 2008

I'm headed to Houston and then Boulder

This Wednesday I’ll be appearing at Monarch School in Houston. From noon to four, I’ll be visiting with the school on Wirt Road. After that, at 6:30, I’ll be speaking at the United Way Community Resource Center, at 50 Waugh Drive. If you’re near Houston, stop by and say hi.

Here's a link to the school’s site: http://www.monarchschool.org/

Click here for more info and click here to register for this exciting event! Ask me about evaluations and other services available through The Monarch Diagnostic Clinic - visit our website at www.monarchschool.org/DiagnosticClinic

Ten days later, I'll be heading for Colorado, where I'll be appearing with my brother Augusten Burroughs at CU Boulder. We'll be in the Glenn Miller Ballroom. The public is welcome, and tickets are available here:

http://ev2.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=GS%3aTWMT%3aKDEN08:KGMB0317%3a&linkID=twmt

14 comments:

Sustenance Scout said...

Happy trails and enjoy your stay in Boulder! I'm sure folks there will treat you and your brother well. Enjoy, K.

Lisa said...

NOW I have my chance! I'll plan to drive up to Boulder and hope I have the chance to meet you after your talk. Thanks for posting this!

Doreen Orion said...

Looking foward to seeing you in Boulder, John.

And, yes... us Boulder folk will treat you very well. (Bein' as we're "nestled between the mountains and reality" after all.)

John said...

You folks in Boulder are in for a delightful and inspiring experience!

John, your visit to The Monarch School in Houston was simply fabulous. Our student, parents and staff fell in love with you from the start, and throughout the day and evening, you tirelessly reached out to us, sharing your story and your counsel with gentle care.

Matt, William and Alex, the three Monarch students who joined you in the panel Q&A session have a new hero, and are begging for copies of your book!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Woof!

John Barone
Director of The Monarch Learning Center
www.monarchschool.org

HedgehogMD said...

Greetings!
My name is Sarah Edwards, and I am an Aspie (a.k.a. I have Asperger’s Syndrome) and I am a medical student.

I am working with another medical student, Sara Dungavell, on an ethics project about the meaning of words. We are working under the supervision of an ethicist named Dr. Jeff Nisker. Sara and I noticed that the common meanings of the words, “human”, “fully-functional” and “normal”, as well as how the words related to each other, get used to keep people on the Spectrum separate from mainstream society. We think in part it is because the definitions come from people outside the community.

We want to know how people within or associated with the Spectrum define these words for themselves, so we are asking some bloggers who are part of the Spectrum community if they would like to give us their own definitions. We found your blog, and that’s why we are e-mailing you and several other bloggers.

Once we’ve gathered these new definitions, we plan on analyzing them for common themes about what “normal”, “human”, and “fully-functional” mean and how they are related to each other. We plan on presenting these definitions and analyses to other medical students and the academic community to try and get them thinking about people on the Spectrum differently.

Attached to this email is a letter of information that explains what the project is about again, and then at the end it asks for your definitions of “normal”, “human” and “fully-functional”.

Okay so obviously this is not the actual email but should you wish to participate please email me and I will send the actual email on.

Please read the letter, and then if you want to help us by being part of the research, email us back your definitions and any comments you might have about them. There are no right answers, please just tell us what your definitions are of these words and what they mean to you. Also if you know anyone else who might want to contribute please feel free to email this letter to them too. Feel free to answer beyond the scope of the definitions if you wish or to answer only one or two of the definitions. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to know more about what we are researching, please email me and ask them.

Thank you,
Sarah Edwards

M.D. Class of 2010
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
The University of Western Ontario
sedwards2010@meds.uwo.ca

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Damn! I can't come to CU (about five miles from my house) because I'm having a party that afternoon/evening for St. Pats. GRRR.

Koshkaboo said...

My son Alex was one of the kids on the panel with you in Houston. He thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I look forward to reading your book when I can pry it out of his fingers (so far he won't let go...)

Wendy said...
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Wendy said...

Hello,

My name is Wendy Chen. The first time I came across your book, it was the cover that had caught my attention. So then I decided to read its backcover, I laughed out loud when I saw the words "...dig five-foot holes (and stick his little brother in them). Instantly, I became attracted to this book (although I did not read one sigle page of it). I did not have any money on me at that time, but I really wanted to purchase it! After a while, I convinced myself to put the book down and forget about it. But I could not! Every other second, I was hoping that this book would be mine. Finally, after two days, I finally had $40 to buy your book!

Allow me to get to my point. I am a student at Victoria University of Wellington. (In New Zealand) and for one of my lecture, I have to conduct a journal and my topic is about Left and Right Brain and I was hoping I could ask you a few questions that will help both of us to find out whether you are a Left Brained or a
Right Brained person.

please respond ASAP?

Thank you so much,

Wendy Chen

John Elder Robison said...

Well, Wendy, ask away and I'll try to answer.

$40 for my book is always surprising. I know books cost a lot down where you are. Woof!

Wendy said...

Thank you for replying so quickly! wow!

Anyway, here are the questions:

1. Which do you prefer:
A. Board games
B. Card games

2. A or B:
A. I like to find new ways to do old jobs
B. When I find a good way to do a job, I stick with it

3. A or B:
A. I tend to start a lot of jobs that I never finish
B. I finish one job then I start a new one.

4. A or B:
A. I use my imagination when it's necessary
B. I spend a lot of time in my own imaginations.

5. A or B:
A. I find reading maps difficult.
B. Reading maps are easy.

6. A or B:
A. I look for the best way to solve a problem.
B. I look for different answers to a problem.

7. A or B:
A. I like to think in pictures.
B. I think in words.

8. A or B:
A. New ideas are fun.
B. Tried and tested ways are best.

9. A or B:
A. Other people don't understand how I organise things.
B. Other people think I organise things well.

10. A or B:
A. Sometimes feelings don't matter.
B. Sometimes logic doesn't matter.

11. A or B:
A. When I work, I keep track of time.
B. When I work, I loose track of time.

12. A or B:
A. With hard decisions, I carefully evaluate alternatives.
B. With hard decisions, I use my intuition.

13. A or B:
A. I do easy things first and then important things later.
B. I do important things first, then easy things later.

14. A or B:
A. In a new situation, I think of too many things to do.
B. In a new situation, I can't think of anything to do.

15. A or B:
A. I prefer everything to be different everyday
B. I prefer everything to be the same everyday.

16. A or B:
A. I believe I am right because I have good reasons
B. I believe I am right even if I can't explain why

17. A or B:
A. I plan
B. I like to play by the ear

18. A or B:
A. everything should be placed in a particular place
B. Where you put things depends on what you're doing

19. A or B:
A. Other people think I act differently everytime
B. Other people think I act the same.

20. A or B:
A. I make a list and I forget it eventually.
B. I make a list and I tick off each item as I do it

21. A or B:
A. I like to find my way of doing things
B. I like to follow clear instructions.

score system:
123- one mark for A
456- one mark for B
789- one mark for A
10 11 12- one mark for B
13 14 15- one mark for A
16 17 18- one mark for B
19 20 21- one mark for A

if your score is below 12: you're a left brainer

if your score is above 12: you're a right brainer

the higher the score, the right you are!

jim said...

I was really fascinated by your book. Being Chinese in a Western society, I couldn't help observing that you would not have been abused for not looking someone in the eye in a Chinese society. To do that would have been very rude.

However, you would have been expected to conform to other norms of behaviour so your creativity would have been ridiculed.

I guess there will always be some problems with being human.

I hope things continue to go well for you. (This is not small talk)

Woof!

Wendy said...

Thank you for answering my questions! I'm still reading your book and I really like it!
I think you are a really brave and strong person. I'm seriously considering you to be my role model.

John Elder Robison said...

Anyway, here are my answers:

1. Which do you prefer:
A. Board games


2. A or B:
B. When I find a good way to do a job, I stick with it

3. A or B:
B. I finish one job then I start a new one.

4. A or B:
B. I spend a lot of time in my own imaginations.

5. A or B:
B. Reading maps are easy.

6. A or B:
A. I look for the best way to solve a problem.

7. A or B: *both*
A. I like to think in pictures.
B. I think in words

8. A or B: *both*
A. New ideas are fun.
B. Tried and tested ways are best.

9. A or B:
A. Other people don't understand how I organise things.

10. A or B:
A. Sometimes feelings don't matter.

11. A or B:
B. When I work, I loose track of time.

12. A or B:
A. With hard decisions, I carefully evaluate alternatives.

13. A or B:
A. I do easy things first and then important things later.

14. A or B:
A. In a new situation, I think of too many things to do.

15. A or B:
B. I prefer everything to be the same everyday.

16. A or B:
A. I believe I am right because I have good reasons

17. A or B:
A. I plan

18. A or B:
A. everything should be placed in a particular place

19. A or B:
B. Other people think I act the same.

20. A or B:
B. I make a list and I tick off each item as I do it

21. A or B:
A. I like to find my way of doing things