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Despite Tragedy A Community Showcases Love, Hope, and Resiliency

By Ziggie

On October the 27th the city I live in awoke to what appeared to be another typical morning. Pittsburgh is a busy city filled with the hustle and bustle of everyday people going about their day; however, this one, in particular, changed everything. At the Tree of Life synagogue, in Squirrel Hill, a gunman chose […]

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Harry Potter

By Ziggie

Growing up, I always had a fascination with magic. The power to make something appear out of thin air, change animals into particular objects. The ability to create and manipulate the fabric of reality with just a few chosen words. Magic isn’t real of course, but when I discovered the Harry Potter series as a […]

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Pushing Through

By Ziggie

Trying something new can be scary. Not knowing the outcome or dealing with unforeseen complications is a form of stress that can be hard to handle. But in life sometimes playing it safe can hinder opportunities that can improve your quality of life. This month I would like to talk about being hesitant to try […]

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Remembering my Dad

By Ziggie

In February of this year, I lost my father. He was a pillar of strength for me even after dealing with health effects of two strokes. My Dad always had a positive attitude and continued to build Revell model kits (cars) that I would send to him whenever I had some extra cash despite only […]

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Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares

By Ziggie

Kitchen Nightmares was a show featuring Gordan Ramsay, a celebrity chef who is most notable for an aggressive tone that he can take, not shying away from using coarse language to hammer home his point. The premise of this series was a call for help from restaurant owners whose businesses have floundered seeking Gordon’s expert […]

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Assertiveness

By Ziggie

This month, I’m going to talk about assertiveness and how anyone can stand their ground in a variety of situations. Note tone differences between aggressive behavior vs. assertive behavior and talk about the importance of I statements and how they differ from accusatory ones. Let’s start with the definition of the word assertive: behaving confidently […]

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Putting Yourself First in the Era of 24-Hour News

By Ziggie

We live in the era of a 24-hour news cycle, and what this means is when we turn on the TV or look online there’s always something happening. Our phones can even receive news bulletins, and as soon as news breaks, we learn about it. This level of access to information is unprecedented in our […]

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Diversity and Inclusion

By Ziggie

It’s Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month. This time of year draws attention to those with ASD, can provide eye-opening education, and gives those on the spectrum a megaphone to utilize to discuss pertinent issues on their mind relating to ASD. Previously, I wrote in detail on how far the discussion about autism has come, and this year […]

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Sensory Friendly Items

By Ziggie

This month, I’d like to talk about a few items that I use frequently or even daily. The things I will talk about reduce sensory stimuli or enable me to adjust on the fly to make circumstances a bit easier. By no means is this an endorsement of the products listed. And products that I […]

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What’s a Sincere Apology?

By Ziggie

What makes a proper apology? How does a person convey their thoughts and regrets appropriately for actions or statements that hurt a friend, loved-one or even an acquaintance? With a past article, I did discuss apologies that stemmed from insincerity yet; I wanted to elaborate further because even a person doing their best can harm […]

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Daria Morgendorffer

By Ziggie

Teacher: “Daria, what about your goal?” Daria: “Ummm, I don’t have any.” Teacher: “Oh, come on Daria! You must have some goal.” Daria: “My goal is not to wake up at forty with the bitter realization that I’ve wasted my life in a job I hate because I was forced to decide on a career […]

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Christmas Remembrance

By Ziggie

wDecember marks the end of the year and during this month, one of the most well-known of holidays, Christmas takes place. For those who observe this event, it’s usually a time to meet with family and friends, exchanging gifts, enjoying a meal with one another and taking in each others company. It’s a recipe for […]

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Beneath the Surface

By Ziggie

“You look fine, so you must be okay and doing well for yourself.” I’ve dealt with comments like that, for a big portion of my life even though depression and anxiety have been factors since I was a teen. An analysis, a judgment just from outward appearances is not something I particularly enjoy. You can […]

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Furry Friends

By Ziggie

Pets can play an important role in a person’s life, perhaps even more so for individuals who are neurodivergent, have autism or even a combination of both. Animals of all kinds: dogs, cats, birds and others are able to provide a non-judgmental level of support, just through their interactions with us. With this blog post, […]

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Meet the Newest ASDNext Blogger, Ziggy!

By Ziggie

Hi everyone, I’m Ziggy. I was recently chosen as a ASDNext blogger, and my first entry is going to serve as an introduction. I was born and grew up in Pittsburgh. My parents who did foster care for many years had the opportunity to adopt, and I was fostered by them when I was only […]

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