Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"I am different, not less."

Last night I watched one of my favorite movies. Its a true story about this woman named Temple Grandin. Temple is a women who is highly autistic in a time when its is still quite unknown, the late 1960's to early 1970's to be exact, is when this movie takes place. Here is a little about this amazing lady and all she accomplished when the cards were staked against her.

Temple Grandin (born August 29, 1947) is an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. As a person with high-functioning autism, Grandin is also widely noted for her work in autism advocacy and is the inventor of the hug machine designed to calm hypersensitive persons.

After graduating from Hampshire Country School, a boarding school for gifted children in Rindge, New Hampshire, in 1966, Grandin went on to earn her bachelor's degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College (also located in Rindge) in 1970, her master's degree in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975, and her doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989.

The film chronicles Temples early diagnosis, her growth and development during her school years. and her compassion as a woman with and innate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior.

Undaunted by educationsocial, and professional roadblocks, Temple turned her unique talent unto a behavioral tool that revolutionized the cattle industry and we know it today. and laid the ground work for gher successful career as an author, lecturer, and pioneer advocate for autism and autism spectrum disorder eduction.

here is the trailer from the made for HBO movie so you can get a taste of how extraordinary she is. also if anyone watched the Emmy's this past year, but the movie won many awards for HBO and temple was there and went up on stage at one point and thanked her mother. i am sure millions of people has no idea who she was but i did.

"i am different, not less."
-Temple Grandin

Friday, December 17, 2010

life in the end of 2010

as the new year approaches i look back on my year through the pictures i have taken and see all i have done. or realize that i have not captured enough.

 well as some of you may know i started another part time job at Geppetto's Toy Store in old town. i am still working as a hair stylist in la jolla. building my business one client at a time. getting some new ones recently. in July i went to flat head lake montana with gregs family. it was there family reunion and they were nice enough to invite me to come along. it would beautiful. big sky country.

i live in point loma now with Greg and his cousin Sean. a couple months ago we got bad news from the lady who own the house saying she is selling it. so it on the market and we have had to deal with repairs, painting, open houses and now living in limbo. so the new year comes so will moving again. what a joy!

i got a new car which was a huge blessing. i got testing for allergy's because of all the construction and found out some interesting news (a later blog entry don't worry) but as i did earlier this year i will show you pictures of the latter part of 2010 in my life. enjoy!