Just a few words I felt that I needed to get off my outraged chest:
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In August a fellow author asked me to beta-read and review her book. I was a bit hesitant, as the subject matter was something that normally would not interest me. Well, I’m glad I consented to the review, which you’ll see in just a moment. What I will tell you is this — if you have in your circle someone who is searching for information on raising a child on the autism spectrum, this is the book you need to recommend.
The book is Outside Looking In: High-functioning autism from one mother’s perspective, and it was a finalist for the Parenting & Family category of the 2020 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.
Alas, Vivian’s book did not win, but the mere fact that it was one of the seven finalists to make the cut is indeed impressive. So, without further ado, here is my review of this delightfully wonderful read:
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Outside Looking In: High-functioning autism from one mother’s perspective
Vivian M. Lumbard
Outside Looking In is an entertaining and very enlightening look into raising a child with autism. This book belongs in the collection of anyone in the educational system, as it provides in exquisite detail the aspects of accommodating the needs of an autistic student. At the very least, a copy should find its way into every teachers’ lounge and school library in the country.
But while educators will find much meaningful information in this book, the target audience will gain even more. Outside Looking In contains myriad tales of life with an autistic child beginning from before the first correct diagnoses through adolescence and into preparation for college and beyond. If you know someone raising a child with this condition, you simply must consider steering them toward a copy. The style of writing is at times fun, occasionally humorous, frequently insightful, always informative, and never dull. The charming family anecdotes sprinkled throughout provide wonderful incentive to propel the reader forward into tackling this sometimes-difficult topic. I learned more about autism from this single source than I have reading countless articles over the course of my lifetime.
As a bonus, the back-of-book material cites many resources for additional information for anyone wanting to learn more on this subject, or for any family who finds themselves raising a child diagnosed anywhere within the autistic spectrum.
9 January 2021
The Honorable Ted Cruz
United States Senator for Texas
United States Senate
404 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Cruz:
I am a proud American patriot who, over the course of my 34 years, five months of government service, has taken three times the oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. The first time was upon my military enlistment. The second was during my reenlistment. The third and final time was upon my entry into the federal civil service.
I am therefore disheartened, angered, and totally disgusted with you for so totally and completely abrogating the oath you took to do the same. You have disgraced not only the oath I took with such solemnity on those three occasions, but you have also disgraced your position in the United States Senate, the Great State of Texas, yourself, and even your family.
Despite your post-insurrection proclamations to the contrary, you knew to be false the election conspiracy theories you were propagating upon the floor of the United States Senate before a national audience. You had to know. You were advised as such by Attorney General William P. Barr, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and myriad other federal sources that were well acquainted with the facts.
You knew that the conspiracy theories you were propagating upon the floor of the United States Senate before a national audience were false because you were advised as such by the Secretaries of State for Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
You knew that the conspiracy theories you were propagating upon the floor of the United States Senate before a national audience were false because you were advised by legitimate news sources in both print and broadcast media.
And yet, knowing all that, you chose to give credence to contemptable and dangerous falsehoods that were all but guaranteed to incite violence.
You did so not out of any real conviction that there was validity to what you were telling potentially violent insurrectionists. Rather, you chose to do so to gain political capital with President Donald J. Trump’s base. You chose to fund raise on misinformation you knew to be false. You chose to peddle falsehoods to the gullible — those who obtain their “information” from social media, bogus sources such as Newsmax and OANN, and media hosts such as Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, and others who intentionally mislead their audiences for profit.
You, sir, had a duty to correct this misinformation rather than propagate it. That duty was not only to yourself and your family, but also to your constituents, to your oath, to your position in the United States Senate, to our country, and to the Constitution of the United States of America. You chose to disregard all that for political expediency and personal gain.
I fully understand this correspondence will fall upon deaf ears, for this is far from the first time you have prostituted yourself publicly for personal political gain. But I live in vain hope that perhaps these words will one day reach into that fathomless, dark pit of your heartless, mercenary soul. I pray that you will one day self-assess your actions of this past week and take note of the damage you have heaped upon this country, both domestically and internationally.
Your actions directly benefitted our enemies, both foreign and domestic. Five people lie dead. Our beloved Capitol was desecrated. Our international reputation lies in tatters, destined in our lifetimes to never again return to what it was even one week, ago. And all this lies at your feet, the feet of Donald J. Trump, the feet of Senator Josh Hawley, and others who chose to betray their oaths and, in so doing, disgrace themselves for all time.
If you had even an ounce of self-respect remaining, you would resign. Alas, both you and I know that self-respect, a sense of duty, and an obligation to your country are virtues that your parents obviously failed to instill in you.
R. Doug Wicker