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Sensory Processing, Arousal & Rumsfeld

ShareWhen anything moves in the backyard, Rumsfeld, the 75-pound poodle, leaps to attention. His DNA was programmed over eons to be ready at any moment to eat, defend against or have sex with anything that moves. In Rumsfeld’s canine world, motion equals novelty. Novelty creates “arousal,” a power surge in the nervous system. His body …

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Lost 2 – Dead Reckoning

ShareOrienting ourselves in space is one of the most complex activities our brains perform. It relies on a myriad of cognitive functions. Different individuals rely on different mechanisms to perform this challenging feat, everything from observation and memorization to intuition. If you have no “intuition” for it, you must rely on complex cognitive functions to …

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Meltdown

ShareIt was a perfect storm first thing in the morning. Gentle rain soothed like a lullaby, gently lapping unconsciousness over my attempt to surface into the day. Just move, I told myself when I next poked my head above dreamy morning sleep. The best I could do was fumble for the stereo remote. Morning Edition …

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My Dyspraxia

ShareDyspraxia comes in two flavors. I have experience with both: Physical: If you are graceful, it is because you practiced your moves. You, early on, sucked more than most people at sports. People on the playground made fun of you. You may have to work hard for physical confidence because quite often, when you needed …

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Prius part2 – Leaving Home

ShareI couldn’t navigate successfully into Friday. I forgot key components of my morning ritual. Every time I sat down at my computer I remembered something important and had to get out of my chair. I was in a state of irritable hypo-mania. We still had the car negotiation hanging over us. Watson was desperate to complete …

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Prius part3 – Navigation

ShareDriving can replenish my energy or deplete it, depending on the circumstances of the trip and the road. On this day, the goddess of the adventure smiled upon me. Navigating Prius 1 through the streets of Houston had the feel of roller-blading or mountain biking; proprioceptive delight flooded my nervous system. I felt up to …

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Prius part4 – Pain and Despair

Share“That’s it. We got $3K for the pickup. He’s going to put the paperwork together and it’ll be over except for the signing.” “You’re going to stay there?” I asked in horror. The plan we discussed this morning was he’d leave as soon as the appraiser had seen the truck. We’d complete negotiations over the …

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