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What if Life Was One Big Metaphor?

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Language and the use of it can be varied to the point that if you tried to think about all the language that people process and the variety of differing ways people interpret, receives, express, share, not share, avoid, connect, disconnect etc it is rather big and somewhat scary!

I can rote learn fun lines from advertisements, jingles, songs. Metaphors are some of these funny lines. I can learn metaphors as fun lines just like any other. And I commonly jumble them or use them in the wrong places, boldly certain I’m being linguistically creative and sounding like a total pratt. It is many the time I have looked at a supressed giggle or cringed at the overt ones as I fall over metaphors. I like metaphors, they are funny, but there’s a difference between learning language through rote and grasping, retrieiving and applying it based on interpretive understanding.

But to say Autistic people can’t understand metaphor is also a myth.

I may struggle with metaphors I haven’t had fully explained to me but boy oh boy… my entire life is like a metaphor.

Donna Williams

My late Grandfather was literal, pragmatic and had social emotional agnosia so he had a very linear, direct and conscientious in his way of expression. I have met others who are very much non-linear with their language tumbling, with neologisms, idiosyncratic and poetic . I have meet people who sense rather than interpret and other who interpret rather than sense.

It is in the end a massive melting pot of expression.

Paul Isaacs 2018


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Sydney Edmond – Speaker, Author, Poet & Advocate on The Autism Spectrum

Copyright Sydney Edmond's The Purple Tree

Copyright Sydney Edmond’s The Purple Tree

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I had the honor of connecting with Sydney on Facebook recently, and I admire her for her positivity, keen learning and emotive and emotional writing through her poetry and wise words that all people should read/hear/experience. She has presented speeches, written a book of poetry entitled  “The Purple Tree –  And Other Poems”  with a Foreword By Donna Williams in 2010 and also a film “My Name is Sydney”.

She values her personhood she wants to recognised for being “Syndey” and all which that entails, she gives a reflective and empowering message that all forms of communication are valid and that everyone has the right to be listened too.

Thank for sharing your words with the world Sydney people are listening and people are empowering. 🙂

LINKS

THE PURPLE TREE – AMAZON.COM

SYDNEY EDMOND’S WEBSITE

SYDNEY EDMOND FILM

Paul Isaacs 2014


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The Curious Autie Cat – My Way of Thanking Donna Williams

My Way of Saying Thank You for your help Donna
(Inspired by Donna Williams’ Painting “Really?”)

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Tilting its head & Wondering

Surrounding in a world so bright and Thundering
On the outside looking in, somewhat with Perplexion
Thank you for accepting me with positive Reflection
Thank YOU for letting me In
Thank you for letting me smile and Grin
I’m Remembering how you Feel (at tuning your voice)
I know that this acceptance is for Real
Thank You for letting me be all that!
The Curious Autie Cat.

Paul Isaacs 2014

Without Donna’s Fruit Salad Analogy (1995/2005) (which I will be reference a lot on this blog page) I wouldn’t understand the mechanics of my Autism. She has empowered so many. with her kindness. 🙂