“No Sidekick Gets Left Behind”



Photo by maria17/istockphotoIf you read my Huffington Post article “Unfrozen: How a Disney Movie Gave My Daughter Hope,” then you know that I have no prejudice against Disney movies. Indeed, I love a great story whether in book, ebook, or movie form, and the great Disney movies have as much power to heal or inspire as any other.

Thank you to Maria Tatar, John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard for posting a link to Ron Suskind’s astonishing story of his autistic son Owen’s journey back to the land of neurotypicals through speech development and emotional resonance as learned by watching his favourite Disney movies, repeatedly, over many years. “No sidekick gets left behind” is a quote from Owen, an example of one of the first sentences he ever spoke. Suskind has a book coming out and the linked article is an excerpt. I promise that if you read this article, you will feel better for having done so. If not, write me and we’ll talk.

“Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney”

Lots of News

I have two new publications, two days in a row! And some wonderful news about a good friend.

The first is an article about my fantastically courageous daughter and her struggle with Tourette Syndrome. Just click on the image below to read the article at Huffington Post.
Photo by Tyne Hagey

Photo by Tyne Hagey

Adults and children with TS have an everyday kind of courage that is usually only found in fairy tales. For more information about Tourette Syndrome, please visit the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada.



My short story “Fire and Ice” has just been released at Luna Station Quarterly. Click on the image below to read this story about an elderly woman whose accident launches her into another realm.

Luna Station Quarterly



 Dianne Young’s wonderful picture book Dear Flyary is a whimsical window into the life of Frazzle Patzer, a being from the Glank Quadrant of Merfatil who speaks English sprinkled with a patois of made-up words direct from the author’s quirky imagination. It is the most fun reading aloud you will ever have. Dear Flyary has been nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award. Congratulations, Dianne!

DEAR FLYARY by Dianne Young