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Archive for November, 2011

November 2011 in Black Lamb

Volume 9, Number 11 — November 2011

November 1st, 2011

In the cover story of our November issue, Lane Browning speaks with first-hand knowledge of the difficulties and rewards of raising an autistic child. In Gantzeh knacker, Ed Goldberg dissects the “big shot.”

John M. Daniel reflects on his experience in The facts of life. In What’s love got to do with it? Benjamin Feliciano wonders about his current relationship. Undertaker Elizabeth Fournier chronicles the history of American burials and names current alternatives, including mummification, in Ways of death. In Default architecture, Toby Tompkins reflects on ubiquitous scaffolding. Dan Peterson talks about two long-time popular Italian singers in Bel canto.

We welcome three figures from world literature into our pantheon of Honorary Black Lambs and The Ultimate Literary Calendar 2012: Italian autobiographer Benvenuto Cellini, Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, and French novelist Albert Camus. Bridge columnist Trixie Barkis presents two news hands to mull over. Our lamb recipe is for savory lamb skewers with sherry. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall answers more readers’ impertinent questions. And Professor Avram Khan gives us another challenging Black Lamb Word Puzzle.

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Living with autism

Above all, attention must be paid.

November 1st, 2011


Well, the diagnosticians are working backwards. For years they’ve been giving autism screening tests to preschoolers, and this year came the big news of a “possible predictor” survey for one-year-olds. Babies. Eventually there will be prenatal tests and all the gnarly decisions those engender; but that’s a tale for another sailor.

On my child’s first birthday no one was thinking about autism. We his exhausted parents were sitting in a hospital room thousands of miles from home, waiting during his five hours of microsurgery. He weighed twenty pounds. Neurological and cognitive development concerned us not a lick; our focus was on the ambitious tumors around his eyeball.
A year later, though, the speech delay seemed a little ominous, and off we went into testing hell. Onto the testing carousel.

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