The only way to get the job you want . . .
and to get the life you deserve . . .
is to take action now.

When change happens TO you it sucks!

You lose your job.
You lose your house.
You lose your wife.
You lose your kids.

I’ve lost all of those and more.
And it really sucks.
It’s heart wrenching,
bone chilling torture,
that hurts like hell.

But, when you choose the change,
you are the most powerful person in the world.

Watch this video to see how it happens.

Change does not happen over time.
Skills get developed over time.
Evolution happens over time.

Change happens 100% of the time, INSTANTLY.
-Dave Wood

 If you want to get a job, go get it.

If you want to get a life, go get it.

If you want money to pour into your bank account,
watch this video.  Then go get it.

Decide now! To stop making excuses and to live the life you deserve.

Decide now!  To be braver than you are and to chase your dream.

Decide now! To be smart and wise and intelligent.

Don’t think about it. Don’t plan it all out. The change is right here.

It’s waiting for you now, but it won’t be waiting forever.

You have to get a life to get a job.
You must decide now.
Take action now.
Life moves on and opportunities dissapear.

Don’t . . . Do Not . . . let this slip away from you now.

Get a life.
Get a job.
Do it now!
Change now. Make it happen. 

What is Autism?


Perhaps you are a parent looking for answers – or a teacher – or a friend of some one who’s child was just diagnosed. Let me tell you a personal tale about autism – as I try to answer the question  .  .  .

What is autism?

I’m setting  aside the technical and medical jargon that you will find on so many websites. A quick search will give you tons of information from a huge variety of professionals.

Tonight, I’m just thinking out loud. 

Autism is  .  .  .

noticing a child hiding in the curtains . . . or under the bed . . . or in a closet

wondering why he flips his hands in front of his face . . . or why she picks up all the bits of fuzz on the carpet . . . noticing how he loves to run a feather up and down his arm

picky –  picky – picky eating  . . . wanting crunchy foods . . . fish crackers . . . crispy bacon . . . dry toast

gagging on squishy foods . . . mouth shut tight against mama’s pleas . . . tossing the bowl across the room

mixed up words and mixed up sounds . . . they mean something urgent . . . but I have yet to understand the code

long, sleepless nights . . . endless worry about the future . . . about tomorrow

glittering glimpses of joy . . . a whispered word . . . a brief hug . . . a knowing smile

spinning . . . rocking . . . flapping . . . rolling . . . laughing

but not teasing . . . not smiling with me . . . not laughing at my jokes

confusion . . . chaos . . . chorus of echoed songs . . . endless repeated phrases

then, quiet . . . peaceful slumber . . . a vision of perfection in sleep

waking far too early . . . like any other child, but . . .

needing more than any other child

as I’m hoping . . . praying . . . longing for . . .

one more moment of connection . . . fleeting smile . . . glimpse of his soul

one more, just one more

autism hurts . . . but a child brings joy . . . everyday

sometimes, even autism brings joy . . . amazed by her perfect paper snowflake . . . dazzled by his endless memory for tunes . . . tickled by her delightful descriptions

children who talk . . . stay silent . . . sit . . . play . . . forget . . . remember . . . laugh . . . cry . . . solve complex puzzles . . . can’t do math . . . have friends . . . choose aloofness . . . learn fast . . . learn slow . . . ALL OF THESE and so many more have autism

autism is indescribable . . . it’s definition is as broad as billions . . . because each person who has autism . . . is as unique as the billions around us


I have an adult sister who has autism and has taught children and adults with autism at home, at school, and in the community for over 15 years. I value my experiences and relationships with each of them more than I can explain.

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What aspect of a new car inspires you to take a second look?  

Is it the curvaceous body . . .

the dazzling details . . .

or the fabulous features?

             Gleaming Glass          Beautiful Models          Luxury Amenities

Brilliant Chrome         Blazing Body Paint            Glistening Black Tires

The 2013 Detroit Auto Show is the BEST place to get your fix of stunning new car styles and features. No matter what you are looking for, you will find something amazing that will bring a smile to your face and visions of speed to your dreams.

Getting into the North American International Auto Show

This is no ordinary car show. The hype is already rolling off the presses as the two day Press Preview winds down.

The Industry Preview opens the doors of the COHO Center in Detroit, Michigan on January 16th and 17th for those who can shell out $95 per individual ticket.

You and I, the working class, are more likely to afford the $12 PUBLIC SHOW which runs from January 19th through January 27th. Tickets can be purchased online.

 The Detroit Auto Show – Showing off the Newest New Car Models

So, what catches your eye about a shiny, new car?

The Chevrolet CORVETTE STINGRAY caught my eye!

The new 2014  Corvette Stingray burned onto the stage wearing fiery red and literally gleaming as light bounced off of every shiny body detail. It is easy to appreciate the attention to detail and bold engineering invested into the heart stopping design.

Here’s a short list of my favorite eye candy details:

  • dramatically FLARED FENDERS on the front end
  • sexy LOW CUT front grill
  • CUTTING COMBO of the headlamps and hood air intake
  • FOUR PIPE central exhaust pipes

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard Corvette ever created, with an estimated . . .

  • 450 horsepower (335 kW)
  • 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm)
  • acceleration from 0-60 in less than four seconds
  • more than 1G in cornering grip
  • the most fuel-efficient Corvette, ever

 The new JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE offers DUAL features!

The premier of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee gave Jeep a chance to show off many exciting new features. This was a shinning moment for both diesel and Jeep fans. The Grand Cherokee’s new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 delivers an impressive 240 hp, 420 lb-ft of torque along with 7,400 pounds of towing capacity. Now that is POWER!

This new power is combined with impressive fuel-economy of 30 mpg on the highway (in rear-wheel models) for a total range of 730 miles.

The dual features don’t end under the hood. The Cherokee sports an eye catching dual exhaust that will make the most stylish luxury car owner jealous.

A vast dual sunroof gives excellent views of the rugged terrain that the Grand Cherokee can take you to. Your passengers won’t be disappointed by the view!

All of the dual features of the Grand Cherokee add up to a total package that blows the competition away. Jeep has managed to offer classic excitement in a luxuriously sporty new version of it’s flagship SUV.

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I’m excited to show you some of the structured teaching tasks I have made for students with autism. I make these from recycled material on hand and design them to teach meaningful skills based on the same Common Core standards that typical children learn in school every day. Each task contains all the materials needed by a student with autism to practice the skill in one easy to use box.

Autism Structured Teaching Dimes Matching Task Box  

autism structured teaching task

Match the dimes task

Counting money is a useful every day skill. This structured teaching task box invites students to take dimes from a cup on the left and place them in the correct slot on the right. The values written over each slot increase from ten cents in increments of ten cents. As the dimes are placed into each slot, they fall into the cups of a paper egg carton. Student work can be checked by opening the carton and counting the number of dimes in each cup. Amounts are written on a piece of paper that can be removed and replaced. This allows the task to be made more challenging by writing mixed up or higher values above each slot. I use a mix of real and plastic dimes because this task is expensive. If I used only real dimes it would take $20.00 worth of dimes to complete the task!

Autism Structured Teaching Favorite Character Addition Task Box  

autism structured task math addition facts

Alice in Wonderland Addition

Addition is an abstract concept that can be made easier for a child with autism. This box is adaptable because you can put a picture of any of your students’ favorite characters on the task card. Using favorite characters helps students be more interested in boring or difficult activities. Let’s admit it, math is often boring and difficult.

This box features an Alice in Wonderland Addition card with addition facts written in order clockwise around the card. 3 + 0= is at the top, 3 + 1= _ to the right, and the facts progress in order to the right. Students place a clothespin with the correct answer on each math fact. It turns out that when all the clothespins are used that all the problems have been answered. The box also features a cue card on the left that shows each math fact and the correct number of dots. This serves as a clue so students can count the number of dots to figure out the correct answer.

The box can be adapted in many ways to make it more challenging:

  • The clothespins can be placed out of order.
  • New cards can be made with the problems written out of order.
  • The cue card can be removed.
  • Addition facts from other fact families can be written on one character card.

Autism Structured Teaching Task Boxes in a Paper Ream Box   

structured teaching box autism task

Task Box in a Box Lid

Paper ream boxes make great autism structured teaching tasks. They are the right height to hold margarine tubs or other additions below the edge of the box. This makes them extremely stack-able,  which helps to keep tasks organized. Many types of containers can be added to the box to hold various parts of the task. I attach cardboard dividers, plastic margarine tubs, and paper cue cards using masking tape. Masking tape sticks well and allows the task to be modified in the future. Hot glue and Velcro don’t allow that.

Making Autism Structured Teaching Task Boxes is a ton of fun!!

I make each one based on an idea and try variations until it turns out just right. It is a lot like creating art.                  

Task in a Box = Art in a Box!!

Blogging is a similar experience. I start with an idea  and describe it -

In words, pictures and video.

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I’m a guy who knows his way around the kitchen. For years, I’ve made great things from scratch like pancakes, waffles, and green chile-cheese scrambled eggs. Dinner favorites include chili, chicken schnitzels, and hand tossed pizza. In the Fall visions of a heavy laden table make me excited to work in the kitchen.

And nothing brings out the Fall flavors better than the BEST PUMPKIN PIE EVER MADE  BY A GUY. I’ve made this recipe dozens of times and it comes out of the oven perfect every time. The crust is tender and flaky, the filling is smooth and custardy. The scent and flavor make your mouth water.

Best Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie by a Guy

This is the best pumpkin pie a guy can make because it is so easy to mix, pour, and bake. It turns out perfect every time with just the right balance of sweet and savory flavor. The firm, smooth custard like filling sets up just right every time. My friends and family smile so big that the pie almost falls out on the floor when they try the first bite. It works every time!


Best Pumpkin Pie by a Guy, otherwise known as, Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie.

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) Evaporated milk
  • unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie crust
  • Whipped cream
Pumpkin Pie by a Guy

Pumpkin Pie by a Guy

Directions for the Best Pumpkin Pie by a Guy

  • PREHEAT oven to 425° F.
  • PLACE the pie crust on the counter to warm up.
  • MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl.
  • BEAT eggs in large bowl.
  • STIR in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture.
  • Gradually STIR in evaporated milk.
  • PRESS the crust gently into a glass pie baking dish.
  • POUR the mix into the pie crust.
  • BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes.
  • REDUCE temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.
  • COOL on wire rack for 2 hours.
  • SERVE immediately or refrigerate.
  • TOP with whipped cream before serving.

The Best Pumpkin Pie by a Guy Tips

If you are still reading then there must be something that I didn’t explain very well. If you are going to make the best pumpkin pie by a guy, then you will need to pay attention to the following details.

  1. An unbaked pie crust must be allowed to warm up on the counter a little before you gently press it into a glass baking dish.
  2. A frozen pie shell can be used instead of the pie crust. You can leave it out to warm, or not.
  3. Remember to turn down the oven, as in the directions above, or the crust will burn.
  4. You can beat eggs with a fork after cracking them into a bowl. Leave the electric mixer in the cabinet.
  5. Whipped cream can be bought in a can, but it’s not really made for pie. The best pumpkin pie deserves real whipped cream. You will have to get out that electric mixer after all. Pour a pint of heavy whipping cream into a bowl. Add one tablespoon of sugar. Mix it with the electric mixer until it gets fluffy, fills the bowl, and forms a short hill when you pull the beaters out. To avoid a mess, remember to cut the power before you pull out the beaters.


It is an appalling fact of life that some guys don’t have time to cook anything, including best pumpkin pie ever made by a guy. They work 50, 60, or 70 hour weeks to provide for family needs and wants. Paying the mortgage and bills is definitely a more important priority than great pie. But pie should be number two on the list. :)

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you had more time to make the best pumpkin pie ever made by a guy?

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